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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Women In The Castle

Another end of WW II novel but this one is particularly intriguing. German cities are mostly destroyed as the war is lost. We follow the story of three German widows of war resisters who were involved in the plot to kill Hitler.  The three women are compellingly portrayed as somewhat ordinary women surviving in extraordinary circumstances.  Those circumstances past and present have created different challenges for each widow and their children.

Good historical fiction puts you realistically into the past.  The Women in the Castle does that.  It gives you, from the perspective of ordinary German women, who were there at the beginning of the Nazi war and the end. It also can give us insights into real choices and issues people faced then and still do today.  What was it like to be swept up in extraordinary times and changes.  Or most importantly how the evil tentacles of fascism could first divide and then delude and conquer  the people of a modern nation.
It also draws some chilling parallels to things brewing in the political climate today. Jessica Shattuck has provided a wonderful addition to the list of great WWII literature.

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Janie said...

Sounds interesting. I will put it on my reading list.

Barrie said...

Wow. This sounds fascinating. I love the idea of reading about ordinary German women and their perspective. Added to my list. Thank you for reviewing! Oh, and I also like the super large Book Review Club button. :)

pattinase (abbott) said...

More and more we are getting books about average German citizens. It's good to hear their story.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

This book is the kind of story that I enjoy. I will put it on my list.

Sarah Laurence said...

That is an original perspective! I hear you on WWII: so many books on it, but also such an important time in our history. I usually limit myself to one a year and just finished Salt for the Sea by Ruta Sepetys about civilian refugees fleeing East Prussia on a ship (Wilhem Gustloff) that sank, based on a true incident with the highest number of lost lives, many of them kids.

Sarah Laurence said...

Oops: Salt to the Sea

Cynthia said...

I'm going to look for that one. Thanks for the review!

Linda McLaughlin said...

Sounds really good and very timely. Thanks for reviewing the book, Ray.

Linda said...

Sounds like an interesting story.