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    Women of the Castle

    The reader is taken on the extraordinary journey of 3 women. The main character, Marianne a life of privilege and education married to a man from upper class German society displays so differently from the other 2 women who enter her life through circumstances that only for WW2 would probably never had happened. Benita marrying Marianne’s best friend from childhood in peacetime may have been part of Marianne’s life for awhile, however the marked difference in their upbringing and financial status would have made for a difficult and strained relationship. Ania enters the story through Marrianne's efforts to repatriate those who had assisted her husband in any small manner from interment camps. Both Ania and Benita from improvished backgrounds are believers of Hitler’s words of a better life. The slow revelation of the untruths and propaganda are slow to realise in their understandings while Marianne, her husband and friends are unbelievers from the beginning and “many of their friends had known Hitler was a lunatic, a leader whose low brow appeal to people’s selfish, self-pitying emotions and ignorance was an embarrassment for their country”. All these revelations are still apt today, books written to remind us of evil perpetuated on fellow human beings should serve as a warning. Women of the Castle was well researched and is quite a complex novel. It takes the reader over several timelines into modern day where freedom, forgiveness and a good life make for a postive ending.
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    A must for all readers of war novels.

    I very much enjoyed reading this book, it shows that all Germans won't Nazis, some got killed by the regime for trying to murder Hitler, some young ones were brain washed, and a lot didn't know what was going on with concentration camps. The author researched all very well. The characters were 'alive' it was a great book depicting the second world war from a German point of view.
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    The women of the castle

    A good read, well written with heart and soul. Women’s POV regarding the effects on their live during wartime and peace
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    Excellent

    Such a stunning story about three women widowed from their German resistance husbands and how their lives became interwoven together whilst trying to survive during and post WW2. Very comprehensively researched by Shattuck and I feel better informed about life in Germany during this very difficult time in their history. It hadn’t occurred to me that native Germans tried to rise up against the Nazis in such numbers.
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    Captivating and thought provoking

    A well written story of strong female characters having to make or live with tough decisions during a difficult period of history. The author really gets inside the heads of the different women and illuminates the situation they found themselves in. Fascinating reading why the author wrote the book also.
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