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Posted January 9, 2013
Got up to 58% and then realised if I wasn't pulled in by now it'
Got up to 58% and then realised if I wasn't pulled in by now it'd never happen. This novel was well researched, well written, had a great feel but ultimately slow and nothing grabbed me by the throat and kept me going.
Sad I couldn't finish. I really, really did want to.
If I was obsessed by WWII, Nazis, and Jews might have been obsessed but this novel but it wasn't for me. Maybe it's for you instead.
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Posted March 23, 2013
Ruth and Ernst Toller take turns telling the story of Dora, a po
Ruth and Ernst Toller take turns telling the story of Dora, a political activist in the days before the start of WWII. Ruth, her husband Hans, Dora, and Ernst have all escaped Germany and are living as refugees with the English. There they plot to warn the world of Hitler's treatment of people and of his future plans. Dora is Ruth's cousin and Ernst's love. The story starts in the present and both Ruth and Ernst flashback to the tumultuous time when they fled Germany because of their political leanings and activity. All That I Am is uncommon in that it doesn't focus on the plight of the Jews per se but rather focuses on the political climate and the hardships many faced once the regime slowly changed under Nazi control. Well-written and poignant, many will love this well-researched read.
All That I Am was not the read for me though it had so many powerful moments. For me the switch between characters and time periods was just too confusing. It created a disconnect to Ruth and Ernst's past selves. I found myself most connected to present day Ruth and Ernst Toller despite the small amount of time spent during this period. I'm glad that the point of view was displayed clearly at the start of each chapter. But the transition to the past and back was often abrupt and disconcerting. The two point of views were also jolting. I also expected a little more romance and perhaps a lighter storyline within a tough historical period and topic. There were few light moments and at times I felt that it read like nonfiction. This wasn't the story I expected but I think I would get more out of this book by rereading it. The details are thoughtful and meaningful. I feel every sentence on the page had a point and was connected to another moment. Unfortunately, I don't prefer to reread books. Part III of the novel was riveting and I was completely captivated. I wish Part I and Part II would have sped by a bit quicker. For all the focus on Dora, I didn't connect with her much and didn't care as much about her as I should have. Though, there were moments where my heart really went out to her.
Ultimately, I think this is a great book for those who are looking for a well-researched , thoughtful perspective on the political turmoil during this time in history. I recommend you slow down to this one in. Many have said that they avoid WWII books because they can be sad and depressing. This one is probably the saddest one I've read and I've read tons of WWII books. Just a heads up there. Though I have lukewarm feelings about this novel, the twist at the end makes me glad I read it. I won't ever forget this one.
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Posted February 28, 2013
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