All That I Am

All That I Am 4

by Anna Funder

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 21/03/2012

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When Hitler came to power I was in the bath. The wireless in the living room was turned up loud, but all that drifted down to me were waves of happy cheering, like a football match. It was Monday afternoon...

Ruth Becker, defiant and cantankerous, is living out her days in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

She has made an uneasy peace with the ghosts of her past - and a part of history that has been all but forgotten. Another lifetime away, it's 1939 and the world is going to war. Ernst Toller, self-doubting revolutionary and poet, sits in a New York hotel room settling up the account of his life.

When Toller's story arrives on Ruth's doorstep their shared past slips under her defences, and she's right back among them - those friends who predicted the brutality of the Nazis and gave everything they had to stop them. Those who were tested - and in some cases found wanting - in the face of hatred, of art, of love, and of history.

Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places.

Contemporary fiction
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  • disappointed

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    I was attracted to this book as it won the Miles Franklin literary prize, has been in the top sellers list or months and sounded like a good story.

    The story is good however to be honest I was a it disappointed in the book, mainly, I think, because I had high expectations of it.

    The story is good but it did take me a while to get used to jumping from the past to the present, from Toller's story to Ruth's. all very interesting characters of which Ruth was my favorite.

  • Stunning :o

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    This book is ultimately beautiful! Funder's writing brings the character to life, allowing you to experience feelings of terror,joy and sadness with the character's in the book. A well worth purchase that you will want to read over and over again. Purely stunning :)

  • Excellent

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    I have only read Part 1 at this point and found it a bit confusing following the characters and where they are in time.. Am thinking Part 2 will be easier reading. But well written and very interesting.