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by Chris Bohjalian

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Chris Bohjalian
ISBN: 0307394964
ISBN13: 978-0307394965
Language: English
Publisher: Broadway Books; a edition (February 10, 2009)
Pages: 400
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view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. Skeletons at the Feast is Bohjalian's masterpiece. The power of the narrative will stay with the reader long after it is put down.

The Past Is Never Dead. She glanced at the wagon that had been upended by the explosion and understood now why someone was howling: There in the snow were a man's unattached legs, the limbs still in their wool trousers, and a steaming, Medusa-like nest of tendon and muscle emerging from the pants where there should have been an abdomen or a waist.

Skeletons at the Feast is a novel by author Chris Bohjalian, published in 2008. It is the story of a journey in the waning months of World War II concerning the Emmerich family, who flee their beloved home in Prussia and move west to avoid the advancing Russian troops.

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the author of twenty books, including The Guest Room; Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands; The Sandcastle Girls; Skeletons at the Feast; The Double Bind; and Midwives which was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. Chris lives in Vermont and can be found at ww. hrisbohjalian.

Bohjalian, Christopher A. Publication date. World War, 1939-1945, Jews, Air pilots, Military. New York : Three Rivers Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

Skeletons at the Feast book. Perhaps not since The English Patient has a novel so deftly captured both the power and poignancy of romance and the terror and tragedy of war. Skillfully portraying the flesh and blood of history, Chris Bohjalian has crafted a rich tapestry that puts a face on one of the twentieth century’s greatest tragedies–while creating, perhaps, a masterpiece that will haunt readers for generations.

CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the critically acclaimed author of eleven novels, including Midwives (a Publishers Weekly Best Book and an Oprah’s Book Club selection), Before You Know Kindness, and his most recent New York Times bestseller, The Double Bind. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Visit the author at ww.

Skeletons at the Feast. Author: Chris Bohjalian

Skeletons at the Feast. Author: Chris Bohjalian. Rich in character and gorgeous writing. Skillfully portraying the flesh and blood of history, Chris Bohjalian has crafted a rich tapestry that puts a face on one of the twentieth century’s greatest tragedies – while creating, perhaps, a masterpiece that will haunt readers for generations. A note to the reader.

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A masterful love story set against a backdrop of epic history and unforgettable courageIn the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives.At the center is eighteen-year-old Anna, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats, and her first love, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war named Callum. With his boyish good looks and his dedication to her family, he has captured Anna’s heart. But he is the enemy, and their love must remain a closely guarded secret. Only Manfred, a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, knows the truth. And Manfred, who is not what he seems to be, is reluctantly taken with Anna, just as she finds herself drawn uncomfortably to him. As these unlikely allies work their way west, their flight will test both Anna’s and Callum’s love, as well as their friendship with Manfred–and will forever bind the young trio together. Includes special bonus material: Chris Bohjalian responds to questions from book groups and readers
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Two types of readers should especially enjoy this book: (1) Those who can never get enough exposure to World War II; (2) Those who haven't previously read much about the East European front in the latter stages of the war. I fall into the first category, but am wondering now if I should put WW II on the back burner for a bit since I've recently read quite a bit about "civilians" during the conflict. Even so I will read anything Chris Bohjalian writes, and this is certainly a worthy contribution to war stories, although I already knew how devastating Nazi policies toward the Jews were, how much Eastern Europeans in 1944-1945 feared the advancing Russian armies, and how clueless many ordinary Germans were about what their leaders were doing to the Jews.

Readers interested in how average people fared during Nazi domination of Europe will also enjoy Charles Belfoure's "The Paris Architect," Kristin Hannah's "The Nightingale," and Sarah McCoy's "The Baker's Daughter," among others.

"Skeletons at the Feast" features two streams of people moving west from Poland/Eastern Germany in late 1944/early 1945, in order to avoid being overtaken by the Russian advance toward Berlin - Germans and others (leaving their homes); and Nazis ("escorting" Jewish Holocaust victims). Will these two streams mesh at some point? While not a major point in the novel, it does promote speculation about the implications of such a confluence.

Bohjalian earns five stars for character development. Anna (the German), Callum (the Scottish POW), and Uri (the Jewish German who has so far escaped the camps) all are vividly portrayed, and come across as real human beings, with both flaws and positive traits. Even such supporting characters as Theo, Celine, and Mutti are well defined. The novel continued to hold my interest; one wonders which of the characters would survive, and which would not - either from bullets, from deprivation, or from the vagaries of war. So I guess I'm awarding myself just four stars for perhaps having OD'd on the topic, leaving the fifth star to the author for a riveting presentation.
The author brought to life the horrible truths that were happening on the Eastern European front during World War II. The characters were interesting and believable.

Hitler and his followers had encouraged and fueled a deeply rooted and focused hatred that knew no bounds. So much loss was suffered and endured...family, friends, homes, dignity and privacy.

The refugees and the prisoners pressed on. They alternated feelings of anger, sadness and numbness with strength, grace and glimmers of hope.

Was forgiveness possible? Of self, of an entire group...the Nazis and those who did nothing to stop them or those who had profited under their reign?

The survivors had endured deep and repeated losses. However, they still had much life to ponder and experience. As the war ended, hope had sprung up as fragile seedlings and was beginning to take the shape of a well-tended, beautiful garden.
Having read many WWII books, I have never read a novel that dealt with the "once Germans-then Poles-now German" again group of people who were trying to flee the Soviets as well as deal with the discoveries of their beloved Nazi regime. The characters were so interesting with their struggles with what they had perceived vs. reality of the truth. Often the graphic descriptions of the atrocities committed during this war almost made me ill. The reminder of the ugliness of war was made very clear in this book. The author amazingly answered some of my questions almost as soon as I had asked them out loud (such as, were all soldiers from all countries involved in committing horrible crimes against civilians?). The pace was so fast in this book that I finished it quickly (actually, I could not put it down). Overall, the resilience of humans to continue to have hope under such dreadful circumstances is what this book really impressed upon me. I also found it interesting that the author had based the idea for this book on an actual diary from this time period. A great read.
I stayed up way too late last night because I had to see what was going to happen in Chris Bohjalian's SKELETONS AT THE FEAST. Really enjoying WWII historical novels, I've read many, but I had not read anything about 1945 right at the end of the major conflict, when the Russians were advancing into German territory in a way that was often monstrous retaliation for what their people had received previously at the hands of the Germans. This different little-spoken-of view was fascinating, albeit shocking. Also eye-opening was the fact that many German civilians actually had no real idea of what was happening to the Jewish people; they truly believed they were just being "relocated." The cover image shows an embracing couple, which would be 18-yr-old Anna Emmerich and 20-yr-old Callum Finella, but do not be deceived by the marketing ploy. There is a strong romantic element, but the meat of the story is the five people who trekked by foot from Prussia to Germany for weeks, fleeing the Russian invasion. The characters are superb and mesmerizing, each with their own story. SKELETONS AT THE FEAST is for mature readers only, as there is abundant wartime violence and a couple of fairly illustrative sex moments, but the lessons the reader may absorb make it all worthwhile. I won't soon forget this historical fiction.
Chris Bohjalian has become one of my favorite authors. This is not one of my favorite books from him. However; it's still a very good, enjoyable read. I had never given a thought before to German refugees fleeing the Russian army in WWII. There story was just as wretched at the end of the war where this tale takes place. There's also some concentration camp survivors and a Jewish escapee who's tales eventually become joined with our German refugees.
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