Resistance Women

Resistance Women

Large Print - 2019
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Resisting the power grabs of an increasingly formidable Nazi Party in 1930's Berlin, the courageous American wife of a German intellectual and her circle of women friends engage in a clandestine battle to sabotage Hitler's regime.
Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019.
Edition: Large print edition First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062912282
Branch Call Number: F CHIAVERINI
Characteristics: 981 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Jun 13, 2019

Wow, I totally agree with the one comment that says this is a fantastic book and totally disagree with the last one that says she is a terrible writer. I read 586 pages in 2 days, it was very compelling reading especially in today's political climate. I have read a lot about resistance movements and Jewish survivors but had not read about resistance in Germany(probably because there wasn't much). It was very interesting to get this point of view. The women and men were very resourceful and courageous, ironic that Russian contacts were their ultimate downfall. I am glad that they are getting their historical due. I love this author and this book.

Jun 06, 2019

A major disappointment. I've enjoyed Chiaverini's other historical fiction, but this one is awful. While it does introduce overlooked historical figures, it superimposes 21st century thinking on them. Women can and have done important things for reasons that are incomprehensible to modern group think, but you'd never know it from this book. Chiaverini is a wonderful storyteller, but her writing is weak: people and events driving actions are dismissed in two sentences, while more attention is given to the food the figures ate. While writing about women with broad views, Chiaverini sticks to a narrow theme: anyone who disagrees with any thought or action of the characters is a Nazi (which is ironic, given the classification of Martha Dodd as a resistance woman. Read Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts to learn of a different side of Dodd and her boyfriend, a Gestapo leader. Not to mention her WWII and post-war espionage for the Soviet Union.) This is history written backwards: if only the Germans had held 21st century attitudes, think of all the suffering that could have been avoided! But the implication to the reader is clear: hold any idea to the left- or the right-of any protagonist, and you're a Nazi! The point of this book isn't to tell the story of these brave (and largely forgotten) women, it is to draw a parallel to today's politics. More non-fiction should be available; where the facts are limited, anything can be implied. This book reads like the propaganda the women suffered under.

knitsewrainbow May 28, 2019

Wow! This novel is so on-point for our country and world's current political climate. The parallels -- intended or not - that Chiaverini draws when she tells the story of how the Nazis took power in Germany in the 1930's to the current slow unraveling of law and order in the United States is chilling. The beauty in the story telling, which reflects the historically accurate events, is that fascism gained power slowly. Through small changes that were alarming, but ultimately accepted due to fear of repercussions or the wider fear born of a depressed economy, Hitler took control of Germany and later Europe with no opposition or repercussions from other countries. The characters are fierce women who undertake dangerous roles to undermine Nazi authority and through their eyes we experience what it was like to wait for outside help that took too long to come.

Jan 31, 2019

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