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Skeletons at the Feast: A Novel

3 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Chris Bohjalian

In his 12th novel, Bohjalian (The Double Bind) paints the brutal landscape of Nazi Germany as German refugees struggle westward ahead of the advancing Russian army. Inspired by the unpublished diary of a Prussian woman who fled west in 1945, the novel … see full wiki

Author: Chris Bohjalian
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
3 reviews about Skeletons at the Feast: A Novel
review by . December 14, 2009
Having read all of Chris Bohjalian's previous works, I can venture the opinion that this is his masterpiece. Skeletons at the Feast tells the tale of the Emmerlich family, lower ranked aristocrats living in Poland during WWII. War is hell, to quote Civil War General W.T.Sherman, but - thankfully - most of us will never realize the full truth of that aphorism. Skeletons at the Feast goes a long way toward bringing reality. Most of the soldiers who fought in that conflict, bloody and impossibly cruel, …
review by . March 02, 2009
Beautifully written.... This novel narrates between three parcels of characters that cross paths. The most dominate group is a Prussian family fleeing their country estate from the Russian Army, who has a Scottish POW in their keeping (who by the way has fallen in love with their daughter). Secondly, an escaped Jewish man posing as a SS soldier - trying to make sense of what is happening to his country while he searches for his family. And finally a group of women who teeter between life and death …
review by . February 11, 2009
Set in World War II, this is a tale that is told from many different perspectives. The story begins at the home of a German family during what turn out to be the final days of the war. With information that the Allies and more specifically, those dreaded Russians, have begun to infiltrate the Reich, Anna and her family have packed up their clothing and valuables and have joined the droves of German families headed West....headed deeper into Germany, towards perceived "safety." With two of her brothers …
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