Skeletons at the Feast

Skeletons at the Feast

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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 eighteen-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her familya€™s farm as forced labor. And there is a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfreda€“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 Annaa€™s and Calluma€™s love, as well as their friendship with Manfreda€“assuming any of them even survive. 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 centurya€™s greatest tragediesa€“while creating, perhaps, a masterpiece that will haunt readers for generations. From the Hardcover edition.From the Hardcover edition.

Title:Skeletons at the Feast
Author:Chris Bohjalian
Publisher:Broadway Books - 2008-05-06


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