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Three women in the PDFEPUB #236 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 The Women PDF 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 Julyplot to assassinate Adolf Hitler Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators to f The storytelling grabs you IMMEDIATELY I LOVE ITThis tour de force of historical imagination is set primarily in Germany before during and after WWII focusing on the lives of three women and their children You ll meet Marianne The Commander of the wives and Children Marianne was married to Albreht Von Lingenfels from a long line of revered German Generals who wanted to help bring Hitler to the court of law with the support of the outside world Connie Fledermann from an old once rich junker family was another character you ll meet early in this story My image of this great man never ever left me Still hasn t I credit author Jessica Shattuck for this powerful memory achievement With very few words she kept a character alive for me who dies early through the rest of her storytelling Connie and Albreht had spent a few years working together assisting victims of the national Socialists Jews who wanted to emigrate imprisoned Communists artists whose work were banned Both men Albreht and Connie friends with a purposeunderstood how the world saw their countryand were shameful to be associated with Germany this way But it was Connie who had given up on the law he was a believer in direct action He felt it was his duty to actively work to defeat Hitler Marriane was married to Albreht They had 3 children Fritz Elizabeth and KatharineConnie was Marianne s oldest friend Connie held Marianne in the highest regard his sternest advisorthe person who keeps him most honest Sometimes I was sad that he and Marianne never married silly thought I guess but I really admired and felt the depths of their malefemale friendship Powerful special beautiful and cut short Connie and Albreht both were hung in the war The Prologue in The Women in The Castle is sooooooo good I read it 3 times The 3rd time I read it was after I finished the entire story I ve been so tempted to include in excerpt I like so much from the prologue I ve debated and debated but have chosen not toobut I felt it was very special and literally sprinkled love honor dignity and purpose throughout the rest of the novel Marianne was raised to value education than domesticity Not particularly a knockout beauty but she was part of the men s conversations Marianne was the last man standing Men trusted and respected who she was Had Marianne been a man she would have been killed too Benita was younger physically beautifulwith no interest in politics Connie once told Marriane that Benita is a simple girl and she won t deserve whatever mess I might drag her into Connie asked Marianne to promise to look after Benita and their not yet born child if anything should happen to him Martin Constantine Flederman was Connie and Benita s child His name was changed to Martin Schmidtas all the children of the war were good ordinary German names Marianne could never have predicted years ago just how much she would be involved with watching over Benita and her son Martin Ania Grabarek and her two sons Anselm and Wolfgang also are a part of this story Anita s husband was in the Polish Foreign Office before the war and then in the military and then in the Home Army then sent to an extermination camp Burg Lingenfels was once a beautiful grand Castle Before the war Marianne s husband Albreht s great aunt Frau von Lingenfels The Countress owned it She didn t live in it but she organize parties and picnics She was something of an eccentric After the warthe Castle was run down empty of fine furniture damp cold They did have a roof over their head and they live mostly in the kitchenYou get to know the children and given that the children had a father who was a traitor a man that wanted to kill Fuhrer it was important to educate the children about the reasons their father s were killed Could they do this without being prejudice Martin s father Connie lived in the shadow as a hero from the teachings of Marianne yet his own mother never mentioned him Benita spent time in prison because of what her husband did Marianne never had to So we see early that the moral issues of being a traitor in ones own country has many different points of view and emotions tied to those opinions and emotions As the story goes on we learn of what happen to each of these women Marianne Benita and Anita each had different background experiences Everyone has been damaged by the horrors of this warJessica Shattuck invites us to take a deeper look at personal responsibilityblame shame dishonor and moral conscience We look at the other side too honor loyalty and love The one thing Marianne Benita and Anita had in common is that each of their husbands were killed in this war They had children to raise Their future choices in part two begin to move them in different directions yet as they were rebuilding their individual lives the time spent in the early days after the war together in the run down Castle bonded them whether they liked each other or not Everyone was growing and changing The children too becoming young adults then adults I was on the verge of tears several times This is one of the best historical books I ve read where we see how much German s suffered not just Jews German s were aching watching others sufferMany went hungry lived without water and electricity but still were grappling with the moral uestions of right and wrongWith so much vivid sensory detail and intimacy I always looked forward to getting back to my reading between life breaks

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The Women in the Castle

Ind and protect their wives her fellow resistance widowsFirst Marianne rescues six year old Martin the son of her dearest childhood friend from a Nazi reeducation home Women in the Epub #223 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 uickly discovers that the black and white highly principled world of At the end of World War II Marianne von Lingenfels tracks down her childhood friend Connie Flederman s son Martin and his wife Benita Marianne had made Connie a promise to take care of his family if anything happened to him Her husband Albrecht and Connie as well as various others had been a part of a plot to try and assassinate Hitler that fell through leading to their execution Marianne feels responsible after promising her support to Albercht as his wife to take care of the other widows She draws up a list of names to see if anyone else shows up from it which eventually leads to Ania and her two sons coming to join her as well The three women stay at the castle which belonged to Albercht s family The deal with the relocation effort as troops move through Germany and the eventual reconstruction of the country I know a lot of other people enjoyed the book a lot but I just found kind of boring The writing was really good but I couldn t get into the plot Marianne really annoyed me she really could have been much understanding Especially the whole situation with Benita The part that got to me most was view spoiler was when Benita kills herself hide spoiler

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Her privileged past has become infinitely 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 uniue 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 hardshi Captivated initially by the premise and cover but disappointed in the historical detail delivered This book just wasn t what I was hoping for Set at the end of World War II in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society This is the story of Three women haunted by the past and the secrets they holdI was really looking forward to a strong historical fiction novel with good character development and interesting historical detail but this one fell flat for me from the outset as I just could not connect with the characters or the story and felt the book lacked any real depth compared with other historical fiction books I have about this time period in historyI listened to this one on audio and really couldn t recommend the narration either as I felt the performance was irritating and accents overplayedSo many of my Goodread friends have loved this one and this is just my reaction to the book


10 thoughts on “The Women in the Castle

  1. says:

    Suddenly she saw everything in its harsh naked state She felt the pulse of the lives lived inside the mean little house she passed selfish or generous kind or unkind ugly or tolerable almost all of them sad And

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    The storytelling grabs you IMMEDIATELY I

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    375 ish stars rounded up The Women in the Castle is a riveting novel that hits home with the notion that sometimes it’s our shared experiences—no matter how horrific—rather than our strongly held beliefs or common views of the w

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    At the end of World War II Marianne von Lingenfels tracks down her childhood friend Connie Flederman's son Martin and his wife Benita Marianne had made Connie a promise to take care of his family if anything happ

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    For all the horror of the official reports she and Albrecht had seen with their language of extermination and elimination they could not come close to conjuring this How could they There was no point of reference

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    I started reading this a couple of days after Holocaust Remembrance Day and on that day I thought about how it should be remembered than on just one day each year This is why I really believe that reading books about WWII and the Holocaust is so important This book certainly made me remember the horrors of what

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    Captivated initially by the premise and cover but disappointed in the historical detail delivered This book just wasn't what I was hoping for Set at the end of World War II in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German h

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    I found this to be a dramatic and an uniuely told story that gave me a new understanding and a different perspective on this time period of World War II that I have never experienced before while reading a Historical Fiction novelTHE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by JESSICA SHATTUCK is an intriguing powerful difficult and thought provoking read about the struggles and relationships of three widowed women  Their lives

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    NOW AVAILABLE The Women in the Castle begins with the Prologue at Burg Lingenfels site of a Bavarian Castle The year is 1938 setting a picture of the pre war days the Countess’s famous harvest party is being assembled organized and hosting this party is Marianne von Lingelfels niece in law of the Countess accompanied by her husba

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    Three women Marianne Benita and Ania from different walks of life but all have one thing in common They have survived the holocaust the plot to kill Hitler which took two of their husbands and for Ania the evil in which she found her