It is 1943 - the height of the Second World War. With the men taken by the army, Berlin has become a city of women. And while her husband fights on the Eastern Front, Sigrid Schröder is, for all intents and purposes, the model soldier's wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.
But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover, who is now lost in the chaos of the war.
Sigrid's tedious existence is turned upside down when she finds herself hiding a mother and her two young daughters - whom she believes might be her lover's family - and she must make terrifying choices that could cost her everything.
©2012 David R. Gillham (P)2012 Penguin Audio
I listen while I drive and I love to drive
The events of how the women survived in war torn Berlin must have some great material for stories. I would be interested in hearing more of those stories. I could not get past the third chapter.This one was told in a slow monotonous, and depressing tone.
I don't know, never read it in print.
The historical perspective.
She was expressive, but the voices tended to sound alike - making it hard sometimes to figure out who was talking.
Sigrid because of the dilemma she was in.
I really liked the book in spite of it being a little too graphic. It does make you think about the horrors of war and the terrible position people are put in to protect themselves and their families from the horrors and atrocities of the Nazis.
This is one of the better books on tape I have heard with Audible. The story and intrigue moved, I was truly interested in the characters, the twists and turns of the plot, and the development of the characters - all convincing and riveting. I had a difficult time breaking away from the book and went thru it much too quickly. In addition the reading was excellent. I really felt as though it was the characters speaking rather, not lofty or stilted at all. Bertish was able to seamlessly represent a variety of male and female characters without any apparent difficulty.
The story and the main character
The Red Tent as it was about women helping women even in the worst possible circumstances.
Basically a good story. Even exciting at times . I found the narration at bit monotone , sometimes I had to really concentrate to find out which charactor was speaking ( even when it was two diffrent sexes having a conversation)
When the main character thinks she is hiding her lover's wife and children.
The accents and emotional tone
This book explores the personal reaction of women left on the homefront in a chaotic war, that affects their city. The story is told with no jedgement through the eyes of the main character.
The book outlines the relationships between women in a really vulnerable time in history. The women are certainly vulnerable , but , the author also shows the strength that they are capable of developing against the odds.
Most interesting were the relationships between the women. Least interesting was the portrayal of the woman as having little moral fibre even at a very challenging period in history.
I don't need to listen to more of her books. This was a little superficial in its content. I wanted much more .
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