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Schindler's List (original 1982; edition 1993)

by Thomas Keneally

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Member:LisaMaria_C
Title:Schindler's List
Authors:Thomas Keneally
Info:Touchstone Books (1993), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 398 pages
Collections:Reviewed, Read but unowned
Rating:****1/2
Tags:fiction, novel, Nazi Germany, Poland, 2012 around-the-world, world war ii, creative non-fiction, historical fiction, Jews, Holocaust, Nazi, 1001 books, Australian literature, biography, concentration camps, literary fiction, non-fiction

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Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally (1982)

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A must read for any history buff or anyone curious about World War II Germany. Schindler is drawn with honesty and an attention to detail that sometimes tries the reader's patience. The descriptions are, predictably, harrowing. They are meant to be.
  turtlesleap | Aug 12, 2016 |
It is a troubling book. I had seen the movie several times, trying to get my head wrapped around the brutality that it saw on the screen imposed with the humanity, then I read the actual book. And I gotta say - the movie was very kind. One of the images that sticks in my mind is the Jewish doctor whose hands cannot lift the heavy rocks. He tries to reason with the Ukranian guard but he cannot. It is not an easy read, but it is a necessary one. It fits with the view of Auschwitz as told in other books about this camp. And it also shows how one person, one single person, can make a difference in the lives of so many other ones. So don't give up hope - humanity still exists. ( )
  threadnsong | Jun 18, 2016 |
How could anyone fail to be moved by this book? ( )
  .cris | May 31, 2016 |
This is a moving and harrowing book which is difficult to review. Like Hilary Mantel's Cromwell books, the fictional elements here largely exist to fill gaps and impose narrative structure to a true story, which is now widely known, of Oskar Schindler and his schemes to protect a group of Jews in Nazi occupied Poland and Moravia. The book has a weight of detailed testimony whose cumulative effect is sombre, and its portrait of Schindler is nuanced and complex, and does not shrink from his less heroic qualities. ( )
  bodachliath | May 4, 2016 |
The story of Oskar Schindler is one well known to anyone who has even the smallest of interest in the Holocaust. A German businessman with extensive connections throughout the political machine behind one of histories greatest tragedies, he did more to help the Jews than any other single person. He employed them first at his enamelware plant outside Cracow and when the work camp of which his was a subsidiary was liquidated he managed to grease the wheels and have 1200 men women and children who would have been Auschwitz bound sent to his new munitions factory in the mountains of Moravia where they lived and worked in conditions that were paradise in comparison to every other camp in German controlled lands.

I wish I had not read this book in such close proximity to Laura Hildebrand's tour de force, Unbroken. This book, though no less incredible, more so in fact, suffered in comparison. Keneally just doesn't have the ability to draw the reader in that Hildebrand does, making a compelling story far from riveting. I had a rough time finishing this book, in part due the horrific subject matter, but also due to fact that Keneally wasn't able to truly draw me into the story. Despite publishing Schindler's List as a work of fiction due to the dramatization of conversations to which he wasn't privy, the author didn't manage to create an emotional connection to any of those whose story was told in the book. The reader was kept an arm's length away and that really detracted from what is a truly awe-inspiring tale of heroism and hope in a time and place where neither existed. ( )
  Mootastic1 | Jan 15, 2016 |
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THE versatile Australian novelist, Thomas Keneally, tells the true story of Schindler's rescue effort in this remarkable book which has the immediacy and the almost unbearable detail of a thousand eyewitnesses who forgot nothing. The story is not only Schindler's. It is the story of Cracow's dying ghetto and the forced labor camp outside of town, at Plaszow.
 

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TO THE MEMORY OF OSKAR SCHINDLER,

AND TO LEOPOLD PFEFFERBERG,

WHO BY ZEAL AND PERSISTENCE

CAUSED THIS BOOK TO BE WRITTEN
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In Poland's deepest autumn, a tall young man in an expensive overcoat, double-breasted dinner jacket beneath it and - in the lapel of the dinner jacket - a large ornamental gold-on-black enamel Hakenkreuz (swastika) emerged from a fashionable apartment building in Straszewskiego Street, on the edge of the ancient center of Cracow, and saw his chauffeur waiting with fuming breath by the open door of an enormous and, even in this blackened world, lustrous Adler limousine.
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This is the novel Schindler's Ark, also published as Schindler's List. It is neither Schindler's List / Piano Solos nor the movie Schindler's List. Despite similar titles, the three media are separate works and should not be combined with each other. Only the novel Schindler's List (Schindler's Ark) should be combined here.
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Winner of the Booker Prize

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction

Schindler's List is a remarkable work of fiction based on the true story of German industrialist and war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who, confronted with the horror of the extermination camps, gambled his life and fortune to rescue 1,300 Jews from the gas chambers.

Working with the actual testimony of Schindler's Jews, Thomas Keneally artfully depicts the courage and shrewdness of an unlikely savior, a man who is a flawed mixture of hedonism and decency and who, in the presence of unutterable evil, transcends the limits of his own humanity.

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A mature novel that is a fictionalized treatment of the life of the German industrialist who saved the lives of many Jews during World War II. Schindler's List is a remarkable work of fiction based on the true story of German industrialist and war profiteer, Oskar Schindler, who, confronted with the horror of the extermination camps, gambled his life and fortune to rescue 1,300 Jews from the gas chambers. Working with the actual testimony of Schindler's Jews, Thomas Keneally artfully depicts the courage and shrewdness of an unlikely savior, a man who is a flawed mixture of hedonism and decency and who, in the presence of unutterable evil, transcends the limits of his own humanity.… (more)

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