Happy Friday! Today I'm participating in the TLC Book Tour for "All That I Am" by Anna Funder. Historical fiction books set during WWII are my favorite genre, so it was an easy choice to select this book from the list that my TLC contact sent me. This book was a bit different than other WWII books I have read as it was focused on around 1933, the time when Hitler was building his empire. Most of the books I have read were set during the 1939-1945 time frame so it was interesting for me to read about a different aspect of the war. It tells the story of a brave group of friends who tried to warn the world about the evils empire Hitler was building. Instead of looking the other way, they put their lives on the line and joined the Resistance Movement.
The story is told from the perspective of two different characters. The narrators flipped back and forth from present day to the time of war which was a bit confusing at time. I think some date references during the chapters would have helped, but I quickly got a feel for the change in the time setting.
I really liked this book and gave it 3 stars on goodreads - I would have given it 3.5 if that had been an option. I thought that the writing was great and there were several sentences and passages that made me stop and think - wow, she said that well. I thought I'd share a couple with you:
"When you are in love with someone you cannot see around them, you cannot get their human measure. You cannot see how someone so huge to you, so miraculous and unfathomable, can fit, complete, into that small skin." (p. 150)
"But I saw then that everyone thought her so independent as to have no needs, or at least none that they, single-handedly, could met. This is the curse of the capable; it leaves them prone to pockets of aloneness, sudden elephant traps in the ground."(p. 285)
"Most people have no imagination. If they could imagine the suffering of others, they would not make them suffer so." (p. 358)
If you enjoy books set during WWII, I think this one is worth checking out.
When you read books, do you flag quotes that really speak to you? That is one thing I love about my nook - I can easily bookmark or highlight a passage. When reading physical books, I try to have post-its to flag pages with great passages/quotes, as my Grandma McDougall taught me from a young age that it was abusive to fold down the 'ear' of a book and that lesson has stuck with me for life!