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Three German women are haunted by the past and their secrets in the devastating aftermath of WWII. A mesmerising story of resistance, forgiveness and the complexity of the human heart.
A resistance widow. A silent co-conspirator. The only one who survived.
Bavaria, Germany. June, 1945. The Third Reich has crumbled. The Russians are coming. Can Marianne von Lingenfels and the women in her care survive and build their ravaged world anew?
Marianne - widow of a resistor to the Nazi regime - returns to the grand, crumbling castle where she once played host to all of German high society. She assembles a makeshift family from the ruins of her husband's movement, rescuing her dearest friend's widow, Benita, from sexual slavery to the Russian army, and Ania from a work camp for political prisoners. She is certain their shared past will bind them together.
But as Benita begins a clandestine relationship and Ania struggles to conceal her role in the Nazi regime, Marianne learns that her clear-cut, highly principled world view has no place in these new, frightening and emotionally charged days. All three women must grapple with the realities they now face, and the consequences of decisions each made in the darkest of times....
Deeply moving and compelling, The Women of the Castle is a heart-wrenching and hopeful tale of secrets and survival, a reckoning and the astonishing power of forgiveness.
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|Durée||11 heures et 45 minutes|
|Date de publication sur Audible.fr||08 juin 2017|
|Éditeur||Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd|
|Type de programme||Livre audio|
|Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon|| 108,312 en Livres et œuvres originales Audible (Voir les 100 premiers en Livres et œuvres originales Audible) |
171 en Histoire allemande
438 en Fiction politique
991 en Fiction sur la guerre et les militaires
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We meet Marianne again in 1945, when her husband, and the other men, have been executed after the assassination plot against Hitler. Now, Germany is a wasteland, but Marianne is trying to re-group in the Castle – without power, or amenities, but always aware that she is much luckier than so many struggling after the war. Marianne is a woman who feels her responsibilities strongly and she will do her best to find the widows of the men involved in the plot and to care for them – almost regardless of their wishes. She tracks down Benita and her son, Martin, and brings them to live with her and her own children at the castle. Later, she discovers Ania Grabarek, the wife of a conspirator named Pietre Grabarek, and her two sons in a displaced persons camp. Despite her feelings of loss at not actually locating women she was formerly close to, she gathers those she feels responsible for and attempts to re-build some kind of life from the ruins.
It is soon clear that Marianne does not only feel responsible for those she gathers up. She also feels the weight of German guilt, despite the fact her husband fought against the regime. As the women form an unlikely trio, this book weaves their stories, from before the war, through it, and beyond, to look at their experiences and how they cope with the weight of events. This is also an interesting picture of Germany at this time and of how people were forced to face the truth of what had happened. Benita’s son, Martin, talks of walking through the small town and seeing the posters placed there of Holocaust victims. While the locals avert their eyes, Marianne insists they stand in front of them and confront the truth of the war crimes committed by their country. It is soon apparent that the townsfolk do not appreciate Marianne’s insistence that they tackle problems head on and, indeed, she is often very heavy handed in her approach to events, and those in her care. Her feeling that she is always right often means she lacks sensitivity to others feelings, even if she means well.
This is a very well written novel. I found it utterly absorbing, extremely interesting and thought it dealt with some very difficult themes extremely well. All three women are given equal time, but, for me, it was Marianne who dominated the pages of this novel and her presence loomed over events. This would be an excellent choice for book clubs, with lots to discuss, as well as being a fascinating personal read.
This book is the story of three widows and both how they were impacted by and how they impacted upon Nazi Germany. While I found the book to be an interesting read and liked that it was from a different viewpoint from other books I have read, I struggled to connect with the main characters - the widows. There was a warmth and depth of character missing which meant that I really didn't care too much what happened to the women. Oddly enough, there is an extra chapter at the back of the book which the author explains they chose not to include in the main story as it was too upsetting however she felt it should still be available for the reader to finish off a particular storyline. I would argue that this was a mistake to leave out of the main book as it was the most powerful and humanizing chapter of the entire read.
I enjoyed this book well enough and would not go so far as to say that i wouldn't recommend it, however I would recommend reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn and also The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah over this if you are looking for books set during this period of history.
The story focuses on three women, Marianne, Aina and Benita. All three of them were the wives’ of resisters, men who resisters the Nazi's and the book is their story. Marianne is the leader and organizer of the group, she also has money, Aina is more practical and knows how to cook, keep a house, sew etc. While Benita is a bit of dreamer who likes nice things and doesn’t ask too many questions. The women form a strong bond as they try to survive in the new Germany after the destruction after the war.
As you can probably guess from the subject manner, the book does deal with some heavy issues, it's about the personal effect the Second World War had on people and that is what this story is about at its heart. It does touch on the heavy stuff, the women are in Germany throughout the war and it is implied they see and hear of some truly horrendous stuff. But the focus is not what has happened in the war, it's about the people it's affected and it's refreshing. I've not read a book like this before and it was interesting.
The author has German grandparents and i think she's half German herself and to me this shone through in the book, there were a lot of little references to German culture in the book and it really enriched the story. She's also done quite a lot of research and that too can be seen in the book.
I did like the book; I really enjoyed it in actual fact. I just didn't enjoy the last part of the book. I don't want to spoil it for others, so I won't say too much. But we jumped forward to 1991 and it just all felt awkward to me. There was a time jump from where we saw the characters last and the author had a lot to catch us up with and everyone was older and it just felt awkward and crammed full of information.
But other than that little niggle; I did thoroughly enjoy the book. It was a very interesting read, which I feel showed us another perhaps hidden layer of what life was like in Germany if you were German. It did a great job of exploring the idea of having morals; how they make you a good person, how they make you value what is right, but then at the same time how they can make you see the world as black and white, that they make you blind to somethings and ultimately that you may have to sacrifice those very morals to survive.
The book also had some lovely insights into what make us human and what mattered in the grand scheme of things, there is a lovely little section that just sums that all up and I will leave you with that:
"Years later, as a professor, Martin would try to find the words to articulate the power of togetherness in a world where togetherness had been corrupted – and to explore the effect of the music, the surprising lengths the people had gone to to hear it and to play it, as evidence that music, and art in general, are basic requirements of the human soul. Not a luxury but a compulsion. He will think of it every time he goes to a museum or a concert or a play with a long queue of people waiting to get inside."
Sorry I cannot be more helpful.