All That I Am

All That I Am

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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The story of two Jewish Germans -- Hans and Ruth Wesemann -- who resisted Hitler in the 1930s. Based on real events.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2011
ISBN: 9781443406123
1443406120
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: All that I am

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Pisinga
Mar 12, 2017

The first half of the book is a little confusing because of the composition of the narrative: from different persons in different epochs. From the second half it becomes clearer and more interesting. A book about the underground resistance of representatives of the German intelligentsia in the period preceding the Second World War, when Hitler and his party gradually came to power in Germany. The efforts of people who are against Hitler's policy, to warn the world about the impending catastrophe. The struggle is interspersed with love, loyalty, betrayal, jealousy, dedication to the cause, and how differentially each of characters behaves in different situations and perceives what is happening.

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Folly
Feb 05, 2017

It's not often I don't finish a book, but this was one occasion.The characters just didn't grab me. Last I read they were in a nightclub and I thought I don't really care what happens next and so I closed the book and left them there.

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LoganLib_Central
Nov 26, 2015

Selected for the Logan Central Tuesday Book Club in 2016. For a full list of 2016 selections, see the Logan Central Tuesday Book Club list.

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calvoer
Mar 19, 2014

Incredibly interesting historical novel, though it takes a little work to follow the story; I had to go back and re-read sections. The style is personal, nuanced, & there is a sense of great immediacy. Based on real characters and events, this novel sheds light on the German socialists’—Jewish and non-Jewish—efforts to stop the Hitlerites and the consequences of their failure. Especially intriguing is the reaction of the English government to the plight of their German refugees. Looking forward to more novels by this author.

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ambergrey100
Jan 21, 2013

This is a talented writer. But you have to like reading a story where the plot is told from different point of views.And in this case the author didn't try to make the characters very likable. But I found it very interesting.

rowanquincy Jul 11, 2012

Dreary book, couldn't get interested in any characters.

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Sarah1984
Jul 07, 2012

If you're interested in anything to do with WWII or the Nazis then this is a book you should read. Written by a good friend of the one of the main characters; Ruth. This is a true story of some of the Germans who worked against the Nazis and Hitler, from outside of Germany as well as from within. I didn't know, and was surprised to learn, that the British government bent under the pressure from the Nazis that exiled Germans were not allowed to publish anything, they were constantly surveilled, followed, and any activities kept track of by German spies. Most of what I've read previously has focussed on the actual war or life in Germany, not the life of Germans in England during the war. So this was a new part of the story for me. Plus, great first book from an Australian writer, which makes it that much better.

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maven
Feb 28, 2012

The first chapter started off well enough, but then the book kept switching back and forth between the 2000s and the 1930s, not just between chapters, but with flashbacks in each chapter. I just wanted to see the past part of the story, though neither past nor present, or the people in either, really kept my interest.

debwalker Feb 18, 2012

How Nazi power shattered lives.

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