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Schindler's List

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In the shadow of Auschwitz, a flamboyant German industrialist grew into a living legend to the Jews of Cracow. He was a womaniser and heavy drinker who enjoyed the good life, yet to them he became a saviour.

Thomas Keneally's Booker Prize-winning novel recreates the story of Oskar Schindler, an Aryan who risked his life to protect Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland, who continual
Paperback, 429 pages
Published 1994 by Sceptre (first published 1982)
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 04, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to K.D. by: Booker Prize, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Shelves: 1001-core, holocaust
Much has been said about the 1993 Stephen Spielberg Oscar-winning movie. In 2007, it ranked 8th in the 100 Best American Movies For All Times list. I saw it twice in the movie house when it was released. I bought copies of it. Copies... because you know how technology progresses: VHS, then VCD, then DVD, then Blue Ray. (when will this ever stop?) Every time I bought me a copy, I watched it. Every time I watched it, I cried.

But surprisingly, I did not cry reading the book, 1982 Thomas Keanally’s
Certain people (you know who you are) were suggesting the other day that no one actually reads Thomas Keneally. Well, I notice surprisingly few reviews here, so maybe the accusation has some substance. At any rate, I did read the book, and really liked it.

Quite apart from anything else, it's an inspiring true story, which the author tells well. But the thing I've thought about most is what it says about the nature of good and evil. At the beginning of the story, Schindler is by no stretch of the
Jenna Allen
This is a wonderful book and a wonderful story, everyone should know what oskar schindler did for Jews in WW2. However, this book was very hard to read, like reading a research paper. Pfefferberg basically begged Keneally for an hour to write a book. because of that the first half of this book was very forced. i felt like he didnt want to write this, that his heart wasnt in this, Toward the middle of the book i flowed a little more but not until the last 8-10 chapters did it start to be easier t ...more

""The critique of culture is confronted with the last stage in the dialectic of culture and barbarism: to write a poem after Auschwitz is barbaric, and that corrodes also the knowledge which expresses why it has become impossible to write poetry today.
Theodore W. Adorno

Encapsulated in quotes such as the above is the pure devastating influence across history of the Jewish Holocaust during World War 2. As an event of magnitude it becomes hard for one to detach themselves from the large picture of
Courtney H.
Schindler's Ark is a brilliant book. It really shouldn't count as fiction, I suppose; one of the things that I admired about the book is that Keneally was scrupulous in his research. Even the dialogue, though obviously fiction, are constructed from conversations that actually took place. Keneally does not embellish, he does not fictionalize, he does not fudge details to be cleaner, sadder or happier, more romantic or more grim (which, though good, the movie definitely does). It is what it is -- ...more
This was not a light read. It was, in fact, a very thought provoking book. The author has done very good research and he makes it very clear what is fact and what is supposition. I really like that in a historical work.

The first half of the book was harder to read because it involved the slow, steady slide into the evils of the holocaust. It was amazing to watch the Jews being transformed from citizens to substandard citizens and eventually to being seen as less than beasts. It all happened gra

I don't know how or why, but in the last two-three months I have been reading a lot of stuff about the War period of the 20th Century and I seem to have this impossible to fulfill desire to know more and more and so much more about the Nazi regime and Hitler and the Holocaust. I also seem to have a gruesome interest in the dirtiest, bloodiest, cruelest tortures that the Jews or any other ethnic were put through.

Maybe I need to see a doctor.

Anyhow, this book was another good reference
Susan Branch
I saw the movie and had to read this book, based on a true story. It was all there in the book, even the little girl in the red coat. Sad, important, heartbreaking, wonderful book that everyone should read.

On the island where I live (Martha's Vineyard) they took all the kids in the entire high school to see the movie. Took a few days to get everyone in, but they did it. If I didn't already love Steven Spielberg, this did it for me forever. Timeless.
Not an easy book to review or to categorize. Is it fiction, history, a bit of both. Keneally has clearly taken the historical account and stuck to it fairly closely, but has fictionalised the dialogue. It has also been overshadowed by Spileberg's remarkable film.
Schindler did nothing remarkable before or after the war and without his wartime efforts would have been remembered as a womaniser, drinker and bankrupt. However his efforts to save the Jews who worked in his factory and his treatment o
This one bridges the gap between reality and fiction in a way matched by few. The circumstances of extraordinary cruelty are only equaled by the unimaginable courage it took to defy it. It's fortunate that the account is written in such a straightforward and clear manner, for the depth of emotion in some of the scenes described is so vast that any obvious attempt of connecting the reader to the emotions would be trivial, if not horribly superficial and presumptive. There need be no high flown wo ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally (1935)
عنوان: فهرست شیندلر؛ اثر: تامس کنیلی؛ مترجم: الگا کیایی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر سمن، 1379، در 312 ص، شابک: 9646298141؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان استرالیایی قرن 20 م
This was an incredibly written and thought-provoking book without over powering the reader. The focus of the story on Schindler and the 1100 Jewish people he saved actually makes the Holocaust all the more real as you can relate to each individual person rather than being overcome with the shear numbers of people involved.

The portrayal of Schindler is well written and doesn't preach to the reader about how great a man he was, it simply describes what he did and how he did it and allows the reade
Travis Lambert
Michelle and I gave up on Schindler’s List half-way through. Yes, I know, we’re philistines. While its historical and ethical value cannot be denied, I would rather read a history book. It’s just not much in the way of an actual narrative. There is very little personality in the characters and way too many disconnected characters and events. It reads more like a series of anecdotes about different people in the same location, and, worst of all, every page is a bewildering avalanche of names whic ...more
Julia Hughes
When I was still in single digits, I asked the fountain of all knowledge (my Dad) why no-one tried to save the jewish people from the death camps during the 2nd WW.
'There was one man, I think his name was Schindler, but what happened to him after the war I don't know. I think he went to Russia. Apparently he was a bit of a playboy.'

I pondered on Schindler's fate a little, and somehow the fact that one man tried to make a difference helped elevate the horror slightly. (I know now that there wer
Ok.. I liked this book.. When I first realized it was a biography, I faltered because those aren't usually my cup of tea. And in the first 70p, Oskar Schindler didn't really endear himself to me (can you believe I only vaguely knew who he was? and I live in Switzerland where we have holocaust survivors visiting our high schools!). But throughout the book, you realize that he is a flawed man, but he is a man who did all he could to save those he could save, at great personal risk to himself somet ...more
Remember that splendid 7 Academy Awards winner movie Schindler's List? Imagine that, the book's even better. A very detailed and well-researched semi-biography, written in a very fluid fiction style, and presenting a lesser angel of mercy but a more flawed everyday human Schindler, this book is a masterpiece. Second reading, still not an easy one. My copy is in Romanian (a surprinsingly good translation by the way), and still it took forever. Though totally worthwhile.
What i liked about it

Im still reeling from it. No matter what you think you know about the Holocaust, or seen in newsreels, it never fails to shock at the sheer scale of it. To say the Jews were treated far worse than livestock is an understatement, I can't even begin to describe their treatment. Like 'The Pianist' this is brought to home even more chillingly when its an account of actual individuals and their testimonies of what happened, what they had to do to survive and who they lost. Bein
This is one of those rare times when I have to say that I liked the movie better than the book (in fact, I loved the movie, whereas I barely managed to get through the book just because I knew the "story" beforehand). The book seemed to be very dry and full of names and events thrown in. I understand that this is a true story and that the author wanted to remain true to all aspects, but his writing style really did not allow me to become emotionally invested.

While the movie was mostly true to th
I've never seen the movie, so the story was all new for me.
I've read several books of the second world war in the past (and seen many documents), so I know the history behind it all quite well.

Still, this book went straight into my feelings. I can't imagine the horrors these people went through and SURVIVED.
This book is about Oskar Schindler's bravery and witts, how he managed to save over 1100 jewish prisoners during the holocaust. He was no saint in his personal life, and this book stays tru
A movie was made based on this book.

From IMDb:
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.
At first, Oskar Schindler seems an unlikely hero: egotistical, hedonistic and adulterous. As an industrialist, the outbreak of World War II appears to him as mostly an opportunity for commerce and financial gain by whatever means. He’s a member of the Nazi party, but only because it opens doors for him to make further contacts and exploit them.
In this we see the best qualities emerging from what at first seems a mercenary and selfish man whose primary motivation is money and profit.
This novel
David Campton
I am probably one of the few non-holocaust-deniers in the world to have never seen Spielberg's film of the same name... partly because, right from its cinema release friends "in the know" warned me that if I saw the film I wouldn't "enjoy" the book. Having read the book, and a few reviews of both the book and the film I think I understand what they meant. I hope the film has more of a driving narrative, because, particularly in the first half, the book is episodic and hard-going (hence my scorin ...more

"Intrarea interzisa evreilor si cainilor" pagina 208 O_O

"Fiindca pentru un mit nu se pune problema daca a fost sau nu adevarat, si nici daca ar trebui sa fie adevarat." 312
desi eu as fi spus: "ci daca ar trebui sa fie adevarat", mai potrivit in context; asa si citisem pana a trebuit sa scriu aici ._.

“In cele doua zile nesigure dintre declaratia de pace si punerea ei in aplicare, unul dintre detinuti, un bijutier pe nume Licht, mesterise un dar pentru Oskar. Ceva mult mai expresiv d
Daniela Fantaziu
One of the most powerful books I have ever read. It was impossible just to read it, you have to stop periodically from reading and contemplate about what happened, why happened, what made people act that way. How could be the horrrors that happened in Poland be found out only in 1943 by the jews from Palestine and the genocide was known to the world only when russians hit the polish land? How could history be so blind and how can people still be blind about what happens lately (e.g. the genocide ...more
Oskar Schindler is one person I hope to meet in heaven - and I don't say that often. This book is a must-read for anyone wanting to acquaint themselves with critical facts about the Holocaust, with a heartwarming true story that will make you cry. This tale will restore your faith in humanity. One tip: don't let the constant and heady barrage of German & Polish names & terms put you off, as Schindler's Ark can be a little like reading a history book at times. Simply keep a retractable hi ...more
Mary JL
Mar 13, 2012 Mary JL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any interested in history or the Holocaust and/or a good character portrait
Shelves: non-fiction
After I saw the movie of Schindler'sList, I sought this book out.

It is incredibly good. Even though I knew the plot basically from the movie, I was still captivated. The book does contains a few details not shown in the movie,btw.

Mr. Keneally's excellent writing style and prose made this an excellent tale of a horrible time and an unusual man. I mean really, Schindler was not the type most people would cast as a hero; yet despite his oh-so-human flaws, he dared to take on the Nazi regime.

There's many words You could use to describe Oskar Schindler.
womanizer, salesman, greedy businessman, a War profiteering man but also a very generous man.
But the word I'd choose is
All of these words described Oskar He was far from a saint. But from 1939-45 he saved over 1,100 people from the holocaust and the evils of the Nazi. He wasn't Superman, he couldn't save everyone. But he saved who he could. Under literal life and death circumstances, he spent all of his money to save his worker'
What a terrific book. There is much more interesting information here than is contained in the film. An essential piece of Holocaust literature, and a must-read for World War II buffs.
I was walking down the hall talking to a guy a work with, and telling him that I had backed myself into a corner... I still had 200 pages of Schindler's List to read before book club Sunday night. (This was Friday, and I was working rather later than usual.)

He gave me one of those, "yeah, but no big deal looks" - you know the kind I'm talking about. He kindof shrugged, "but you've seen the movie."

There was a pause as I debated lying to the guy.

His eyes went wide: "You HAVEN'T seen Schindler's L
I have seen this movie countless times and loved it every time. This was the first time I sat down to read the book and I’m very glad I did. As expected, it included much more detail than could be pressed into the movie, even with as long as it is. While there were variances, characters that were two in the book yet merged into one for the movie, scenes that were split in the book but condensed in the movie, the movie followed very closely the overall outline of the book.

I loved the author's adh
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Thomas Michael Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction. He is best known for writing Schindler's Ark, the Booker Prize-winning novel of 1982, which was inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor. The book would later be adapted to Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993), which won the Academy Award for Best Pict ...more
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