Skeletons at the Feast

  • by Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by Mark Bramhall
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Perhaps not since The English Patient has a novel so deftly captured both the power and poignancy of romance and 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 20th century's greatest tragedies - while creating, perhaps, a haunting masterpiece.In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.Among the group is 18-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a 21-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family's farm as forced labour. And there is 26-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfred - who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz. As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war. Their flight will test both Anna's and Callum's love, as well as their friendship with Manfred - assuming any of them survive.

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Love and endurance among the victims of WW2

This book draws together stories illustrating those who suffered as innocent and not so innocent victims of the massive upheaval in their lives caused by the Second World War in Europe. We follow the epic journey West of a well-to-do Prussian family exiled from their estate as the Russians advance from the East with their British POW worker in tow; experience the pain and indignities suffered by Jewish girls taken to a concentration camp; and shadow the exploits of a young Jewish escapee on the run. Unlike the Ken Follett book, Winter of the World, I've just listened to set in the same period, Skeletons at the Feast hardly mentions the bigger picture or the real characters involved in the war. Instead it focuses intensely on the struggle of the characters to survive as the war rages around them. The depressing narrative is lightened by a love-affair that blossoms amid the chaos.
It's a fine book that through fiction honours those whose lives were turned over by the war, including German civilians and ordinary soldiers.
The reader is very good managing many different accents including a creditable rendition of one from NE Scotland.
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- Kirstine

Stunning

Loved the characters - believable and diverse. A story that was gripping, inspiring and tragic. Would read anything else by this author.
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- Zelda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-12-2008
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd