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All That I Am by Anna Funder

All That I Am (2011)

by Anna Funder

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Hideously boring. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
Wow! What superb writing! Is this a first novel? If so, one suspects many earlier learning attempts languish somewhere because this is a fully formed talent. The novel, thinly disguised over true history, is literary, thrilling and emotional. Exercise your heart and mind, and contemplate the lessons for the new century. ( )
  PhilipJHunt | Oct 4, 2018 |
The fictional story of a group of young political activists who are forced to flee Germany in the years before WWII and the reach of the Nazis to silence them. The author uses real people and events and The voices of Ernst Toller and Ruth as narrators, ( )
  TheWasp | Apr 14, 2018 |
Debut NOVEL, but not debut book. And it's only partially fiction.

This was a BBC abridged audio presentation in 10, 15-minute segments. BBC did an excellent job on this, both with the abridging and with the reading.

What an amazing story. Sad. Depressing. But meaningful. They tried so hard, went to such lengths. And yet, in the end, failed. England ignored their alerts to the dangers of Hitler's rise to power, and to what we now know would become WWII. It's no small coincidence, with the rise in popularity of Donald Trump, that BBC chose to re-release this production at this time. The similarities are alarming. ( )
  Lit_Cat | Dec 9, 2017 |
Sad, beautiful, important book. The best I've read so far this year. ( )
  nautilus | Sep 20, 2017 |
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In memory of Ruth Blatt (née Koplowitz)
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When Hitler came to power I was in the bath.
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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.

Gripping, compassionate, and inspiring, this remarkable debut novel reveals an uncommon depth of humanity and wisdom. Anna Funder has given us a searing and intimate portrait of courage and its price, of desire and ambition, and of the devastating consequences when they are thwarted.
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The story of two Jewish Germans -- Hans and Ruth Wesemann -- who resisted Hitler in the 1930s. Based on real events.

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