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Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
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May 15, 2008

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Was unsure what to rate this book, as it's kind of hard to say that you enjoyed reading a story about the Holocaust. And to tell the truth, there was a lot of this book that I didn't enjoy. It's evident that Bohjalian thoroughly researches all his topics before writing on them - the depth of knowledge for each of his books is astonishing - but at times this book was too graphic for me. The details were too gory and disturbing, and sometimes I felt as though he was just restating some of the horrible facts he had uncovered during his research. Obviously a book about the Holocaust and about war in general is not going to be a happy tale, but I don't enjoy being depressed and feeling sick while reading a novel that I'm reading for pleasure. However, I can't take away the fact that his writing is impeccable and the story is haunting. So I guess I have to say that I liked it - though I didn't enjoy it. (For the record, I picked up this book strictly because Bohjalian wrote it, and I'm a big fan of his. I went into it not having the slightest clue what the plot was about, so that's something to take into consideration when looking at my review. I was just thrown off a bit, I suppose.)
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message 1: by Linda (new) - added it

Linda can't wait to hear what you think of this one. it's on my list of must-read!

Pamela Just started it last night, not having the slightest clue what it was going to be about - I got it just because I like that author's other works. Interesting so far. I'm so impressed that he can write on any and every topic!

Rachel I totally agree! I'm glad I read it, but I can't say I enjoyed it either. Did the sex scenes bother you at all? I thought they were over written and for the most part unnecessary.

message 4: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I enjoyed your review and had a very similar experience with what I read of this book. I have read all of Bohjalian's books and was looking forward to reading this one, but I abandoned it about 150 pages in (which I NEVER do). The graphic war scenes were too much for me to deal with. I wish I could have stuck with it, but the trade off of nightmares for weeks would not have been worth it! Back to the library it went today.

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