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Skeletons at the Feast

A Novel
Bohjalian, Chris (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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As Hitler's Third Reich crumbles, an aristocratic Prussian woman and her child flee west away from the approaching Russian army. Eventually they form an unlikely alliance with a Jewish man escaping from the concentration camps.
Authors: Bohjalian, Chris, 1960-
Title: Skeletons at the feast
a novel
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 372 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Chris Bohjalian
Notes: Map on lining papers
Includes a reading group guide
Summary: As Hitler's Third Reich crumbles, an aristocratic Prussian woman and her child flee west away from the approaching Russian army. Eventually they form an unlikely alliance with a Jewish man escaping from the concentration camps.
ISBN: 0307394956
9780307394958
Branch Call Number: FICTION BOHJALIAN
Subject Headings: Air pilots, Military Fiction Jews Germany Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Germany Fiction Germany History 1933-1945 Fiction
Topical Term: Air pilots, Military
Jews
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2007040800
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At the end of WWII, you really didn't want to get stuck in the part of Germany that was going to be occupied by The Soviet Union, so thousands of people moved westward, trying to get on the American side of the line. This novel tells of some of those people and their desperate journeys and really... Read More »


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Apr 27, 2014
  • wmtlady rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The background for this historical novel is great, but it plods along so slowly that I had to quit after the first couple of chapters.

Dec 18, 2013
  • librarylady70 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a fascinating book because it's a World War II story told from the German civilian point of view. Word to the squeamish, though - it contains many horrific descriptions of violence, genocide and other war crimes. Unlike watching a movie, you can't close your eyes. If you don't like graphic violence, this book may not be for you. I don't like it, but the book was so good I pushed through.

Aug 28, 2013
  • beckymatyas rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book really puts you into the time of WII, with the hardship, starvation and mistreatment that everyone experienced near the end of the war. Most interesting was that love can survive in horrible circumstances and gullible people can finally see the great harm being done by their leaders.

Blind Date With A Book comment: excellent fictional book on the ending days of WWII; didn't want to put it down."

Feb 27, 2013
  • kgillett rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent historical fiction set during the days of WW II, featuring a family who is fleeing the Soviets and a German jewish.

Jul 24, 2012
  • TeaORCoffee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a well told story, and it gave me pause--I had never thought deeply about what it might perhaps have been like for ordinary Germans, to have been caught up in the war, especially as the end neared. What I know intimately of that time was shared by my father-in-law, who served on the front lines throughout that war. There is much in this book both to enjoy and to learn from.

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