Skeletons at the Feast

Skeletons at the Feast

A Novel

Book - 2008 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307394958
Branch Call Number: FIC BOHJALI
Characteristics: 372 pages : map ; 24 cm


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AL_WENDY Nov 15, 2016

A powerful book! It's dark and often brutal, yet tempered by love and hope. Beautifully written and impeccably researched. If you are not afraid of an honest look at a bleak time in history, this book is for you.

Oct 17, 2016

Arlene say "a must".

BostonPL_LauraB Mar 29, 2016

This story was just an "ok" story set during a WWII time-frame. Maybe I've read too many of these types of accounts, but this isn't one that necessarily stood out. I did enjoy the mix of characters (a German family, a Scottish POW, and an escaped Jew posing as a German soldier) and how they interact with each other and learn to help each other, but overall there just wasn't a lot of meat to the story. I'm still going to read more of his books, because the writing is vivid and smart, I just think that this setting is a tired and over-done setting and in order for it to be a "great" novel, there needs to be something else to make it stand out.

Apr 27, 2014

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.

Apr 08, 2014

The story of an assorted group of people in Germany who are fleeing the advance of the Russian army as WWII is coming to an end. This is a very character driven story with many heartbreaking moments. This audio production is done by the excellent narrator Mark Bramhall.

librarylady70 Dec 18, 2013

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.

Oct 05, 2013

I've liked all his books, especially this one.

beckymatyas Aug 28, 2013

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.

StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013

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

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

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