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Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
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May 17, 15

bookshelves: historical-fiction, male-author, europe
Read in October, 2009

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would. This book takes place during World War II and tells the story of a German aristocrat family fleeing their home in the final days of the war. They are accompanied by a Scottish POW and a Jewish man masquerading as a German soldier. It gave an interesting perspective of a German family beginning to see through the propaganda of the Nazi regime and trying to come to terms with what their country has done during the war. The novel is set when the Russians are beginning to advance on Eastern Germany and commiting many atrocities against German civilians. There are a lot of fairly graphic scences of torture and brutality and much of the novel was really sad to read, but it really gave an interesting historical depiction of the war.
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