Sunday, June 10, 2012
All That I Am By Anna Funder
"When eighteen-year-old Ruth Becker visits her cousin Dora in Munich in 1923, she meets the love of her life, the dashing young journalist Hans Wesemann, and eagerly joins in the heady activities of the militant political Left in Germany. Ten years later, Ruth and Hans are married and living in Weimar Berlin when Hitler is elected chancellor of Germany. Together with Dora and her lover, Ernst Toller, the celebrated poet and self-doubting revolutionary, the four become hunted outlaws overnight and are forced to flee to London. Inspired by the fearless Dora to breathtaking acts of courage, the friends risk betrayal and deceit as they dedicate themselves to a dangerous mission: to inform the British government of the very real Nazi threat to which it remains willfully blind. All That I Am is the heartbreaking story of these extraordinary people, who discover that Hitler’s reach extends much further than they had thought." Goodreads
I truly had a great interest in reading this book. As I get older I am more intriqued with history and historical fiction is one of the best ways for me to comprehend the times of the past. This book jumped from past to present quite a bit and made it a little hard for me to follow. It was a deep, intriguing novel, which I feel would have been better if I could have sequestered myself off somewhere and finish the entire thing in a few days. Instead with the mothering and household needs still being required I spread it out over time and it seemed to loose it's momentum. I don't think it was the book, I think it was me and my lack of ability to get involved more in the book. I am going to tuck it away for a reread at a different stage of my life, when I have more of a mind to devote to it. If you are in that stage, pick it up and let me know what your thoughts are!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.