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Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
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Sep 13, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2010

I don't know why, or when the title of the book changed from Schindler's Ark to Schindler's List - like the film, but I do think it is a pity that publishers feel compelled to bow to the Hollywood-isation of an author's work, do they really think people are so stupid that they can't work out for themseleves that Schindler's List and Schindler's Ark are essentially the same story.

*and breathe* rant over : )

This is an often difficult book to read - and it actually affected my mood whilst I was reading it. It is very well written, and conjours up some powerful and harrowing images. The style of this novel - which is what it is, although it is about a real person and real events - is quite biographical. At first I found the style a little odd - but it does somehow really work - I think prehaps because it would have been too hard - even impossible to create a narrative voice that would have been credible. The story is an incredible one - even more so when you consider how relatively recently (historically speaking) these events occured. Oskar Schindler was a flawed human being who has become a legend for the extraordinary risks he took in protecting Jews in occupied Poland during WW2. Although this is a fictionalised account, it is very sobering, to know that it is a true story.
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Seth Hi, are you a citizen of Australia, the United Kingdom or another english speaking country that is not the United States of America? Of course "Schindlers List" and "Schindlers Ark" are the exact same story. The author of the novel Thomas Keannly was australian and what serves as an appropriate title for a novel in one country is not always considered appropriate in other countries and the publishers take translation liberties as such. Such was the case here, it is also the case with the first Harry Potter novel, known in America as "The Sorcerers Stone" it is known in the United Kingdom as "The Philosophers Stone"


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