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The Women in the Castle: A Novel (utgåvan 2017)

av Jessica Shattuck (Författare)

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Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they holdSet at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined--an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin's mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister's wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war. As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband's resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war--each with their own unique share of challenges. Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah's Key, and The Light Between Oceans, Jessica Shattuck's evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.… (mer)
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Titel:The Women in the Castle: A Novel
Författare:Jessica Shattuck (Författare)
Info:William Morrow (2017), Edition: First Edition, 368 pages
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  IraSchor | Sep 27, 2021 |
After reading All the Light We Cannot See, I avoided historical fiction of this time period for a while. It was such a beautiful book, I thought it would be a disservice to another book, so I held off on reading this one for a while. The two books are very different, but I think I enjoyed them both much more because of the distance between the readings.

The Women in the Castle is a story about the wives and children of Nazi resisters after World War II. Marianne von Lingenfels makes a promise to her husband and friends that she will look after their families if their assassination plans should go awry. Marianne keeps her promise and the story follows her and two other wives as they navigate the post-war world.

I wouldn’t say that I read this because of the time period in which it was set, so any historical inaccuracies there may have been didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story. I picked it up because of the female relationships it promised and in that respect, it did not disappoint. The three women are not always depicted as the best of friends. They annoy each other and disagree with one another’s choices. But all three contribute to the other’s survival. They make choices for the good of their families. They are strong, flawed, well-written characters. ( )
  CarleyShea | Sep 16, 2021 |
Creative plot and characters. Not the usual story. Could not readily tell what was going to happen next. ( )
  SusanWallace | Jul 10, 2021 |
This is a book that takes some time to read and digest to fully appreciate what the writer is saying. There is a very engulfing story, a compelling view of a nightmare and a study of man's inhumanity to man and those who are capable of rising above it through love and compassion for others. Like a fine wine I relished each word, each sentence and each page.

This story presents the reader with a very different prospective of Germany and those who were willing to resist the Nazis; the consequences, hardships and what happened to those few who survived. The writing is outstanding and it is almost as if each word was carefully chosen to create an image of the isolated world in which the survivors existed. Part of the defeated population of Germany but still not accepted by the people surrounding them. In conflict with both the winners and the losers and supported only by the will on one woman. Sometimes the hero or heroine are those who stood by, supported and loved those who were willing to sacrifice all to stop the terrible wrong they are seeing.

For anyone who appreciates compelling stories of post war Germany I believe this is a must read, and excellent well written story. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
Book on CD narrated by Cassandra Campbell

Three German widows are brought together shortly after World War II ends. Marianne von Lingenfels returns to her deceased husband’s ancestral castle – now in ruins. He had conspired with other resisters to assassinate Hitler and was himself murdered. But Marianne had promised her husband’s conspirators to find their families and help them, so that is what she sets out to do. First she rescues Martin, the young son of her childhood friend, from a Nazi re-education camp. They then find Martin’s mother, Betina, a beautiful but naïve, young woman. Finally, Marianne locates Ania, a quiet, resourceful and determined mother of two boys who have been in one of the many refugee camps that house the many citizens displaced by the war.

I liked the idea of this novel’s story more than I liked the actual book.

Make no mistake, there are some interesting and thought-provoking themes here. How does one move on after enduring such traumatic events? How do we recognize the ways we may be complicit – by willful ignorance, by standing by, by NOT making waves – and atone for that? Can we “allow” someone else to find happiness (let alone celebrate it), when we are so angry, hurt, fearful, ashamed? Can we allow future generations to NOT carry the burden?

However, on the whole I found the novel completely forgettable. I’m sure this is ME and not the novel. I’ve only just now looked at the back cover with all the blurbs by authors I love, singing Shattuck’s praises. And, of course, many people whose opinions I trust have rated the book highly. Perhaps I’m just completely over the desire to read about WWII and its aftermath.

Cassandra Campbell did a marvelous job performing the audiobook. She’s a gifted voice artist and has become one of my favorite audiobook narrators. ( )
  BookConcierge | Jun 7, 2020 |
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Burg Lingenfels, November 9, 1938

The day of the countess's famous harvest party began with a driving rain that hammered down on all the ancient von Lingenfels castle's sore spots - springing leaks, dampening floors, and turning its yellow façade a slick, beetle-like black. (Prologue)
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The entire cart ride from the train station to Burg Lingenfels, Benita lay on the musty hay bales in a half stupor, no longer caring what she looked like: a slut or a vagabond reclining in the open air, making her way across the country with all the dignity of a sack of potatoes.
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Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they holdSet at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined--an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin's mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister's wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war. As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband's resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war--each with their own unique share of challenges. Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah's Key, and The Light Between Oceans, Jessica Shattuck's evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

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