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  1. City of Women
    City of Women
    City of Women
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  2. City of Women

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
David R. Gillham
Binding
Hardcover
Brand
Brand: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
EAN
9780399157769
Edition
First Edition
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
039915776X
Label
Penguin Adult HC/TR
Manufacturer
Penguin Adult HC/TR
Model
25351578
MPN
25351578
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
400
PartNumber
25351578
PublicationDate
2012-08-07
Publisher
Penguin Adult HC/TR
ReleaseDate
2012-08-07
SKU
Leura004509
Studio
Penguin Adult HC/TR
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) "City of Women" sounded interesting enough from the description on the product page, but the actually story told within the book's pages is a lot more. There is so much to Sigrid and the other women who populate these pages that this was a hard volume to put down. Honestly, minus a brief break halfway through, I read it all in one sitting because I couldn't NOT find out what was going to become of Sigrid and the other characters.

As I write this, it is approximately 2.5 months until the book's release, so the product page may be updated with more info prior to that date. However, in case it is not, I will offer up a larger synopsis:

The story largely takes place in both 1943 Berlin and in Sigrid's reflections on the months before her husband Kaspar was put into the Army and shipped to Russia and when she was having an affair with a Jewish man she met in a movie theater. Throughout the book Sigrid continues going to work at the patent office, flashing back to... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) This wasn't an easy book to read. That isn't to say that I didn't enjoy it, but that the characters are dark and joyless and the storyline bleak and desperate. Actually, I was expecting this as it is a novel that takes place in the Germany of WWII -- a place where even aryan Germans are living furtive lives in avoidance of the Gestapo. A place where one wrong word against the government or Fuhrer can get you shipped off to a concentration camp after your neighbor snitches on you. It is in this atmosphere that Sigrid Schroder lives with her mother-in-law while her active-duty husband fights against Russia. She is especially fond of movies and one day in the cinema, meets the Jewish man who will become her lover. The cinema plays a large part in the story as it is also the place where she meets the girl who will suck her into the business of the underground hiding of Jews and is a frequent meeting place between Sigrid and the people who help her along her journey.

As... Read more
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I didn't know much about this book prior to reading it, but as I began I was intrigued by a narrative about Berlin during World War II from the point of view of an average German woman. I have read many books detailing the atrocities of the Holocaust and one of the questions those books always left me with was "why didn't anybody stop this" and "didn't anybody notice?"

From this story, it would appear that the answer was, yes, people did notice, but in order to do anything about the deportation of Jewish people to concentration camps it was necessary to have a great deal of courage. This courage was not only in the actual act of helping Jewish people to hide, but even the courage simply to step outside of what was expected and required of you as a good German. In this story, at the beginning, Sigrid is a good German, who works as a typist at the patent office and lives with her mother-in-law while her husband is off... Read more
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