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Schindler's List (Unabridged)

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During the Holocaust at the German concentration camp near Plaszow, thousands of Jews lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis. More than a thousand others would have been counted among the dead if not for a womanizing, heavydrinking, German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member named Oskar Schindler.

One of the most remarkable narratives of the Holocaust, Schindl

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M. Alex Goldsmith The rising tension of the occupation and increasingly threatening edicts passed against the Jews is a large part of the personality of this book. I…moreThe rising tension of the occupation and increasingly threatening edicts passed against the Jews is a large part of the personality of this book. I believe Keneally wrote it largely based on the records of the people involved, which means that the book focuses on maybe half a dozen people other than Oskar Schindler. If you can't keep track of everyone, you will probably miss some of the subtleties of the subplots, but not the main action. If you must skip ahead, I recommend starting at chapter 8. Hope that helps!(less)
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Fabian
May 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was semi familiar with the Schindler legacy--probably seen the film 5 or 6 times. (Isn't it peculiar that although it is regarded as one of the best biographies/films of all time it hardly ever makes it on any person's personal favorites lists? Blame the subject matter entirely.) So this is basically a reading that concentrates most of its attention on all the details that Steven Spielberg failed to bring to the screen. Because that inevitably occurs with all adaptations.

Well, this is almost a
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Manny
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
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Maciek
"The list is an absolute good. The list is life. All around its cramped margins lies the gulf."

The story behind the book which brought the story of Oskar Schindler to the world is almost as interesting as the story of Schindler himself. In October 1980, Thomas Keneally - already an established and successful Australian author - found himself looking for a new briefcase at the end of his book tour in southern California, the last stop before returning home to Sydney. Fate led him to a luggage s
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Schindler's Ark (1982) winner of the Booker Prize / Biographical novel : Thomas Keneally - من روايات البوكر النسخة العالمية - الإسترالي توماس كينلي
من أنقذ روحًا أنقذ العالم بأسره : التلمود
رغم إيماني بأن ثمة جانب إنساني في قلوب الكثير من البشر القساة العتاة الذين تحجّرت قلوبهم كذلك لدي إيمان مطلق بإنسانية كان من كان، وهنا حيث هذه الرواية التي تدور حول اليهود لابد من الإشارة إلى كثير من الناس الذين يحاول تجريد كل من يدين باليهودية من الإنسانية، وربما مرد ذلك : أن ثمة يهود وهم الإسرائليون يحتلون دو
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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
Luís C.
Oskar Schindler is a legend for all men, women and children who have crossed his path in the Krakow ghetto, or later in the labor and extermination camps.
"Oskar had taken on the appearance of the god of deliverance, a double sided god according to Greek mythology, a god crippled vices, resourceful, subtly powerful, and can save lives in such a way as effective free . "
Marnie  Krüger
2017 Reading Challenge
This year I'm doing a Reading Challenge; so I have 26 books with specific subjects that I need to read.
Book 5: A non- Fiction book

I'm really conflicted about this book.

I don't like the Holocaust, I don't like these stories about it and most of all I don't like what was done to those poor people.
But still I read these book - why do I do it to myself?
This book was really depressing for me, I don't even know what I would have done in a situation like that.

The thing is this book was well written, an
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Jonathan

""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
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Rebecca McNutt
Schindler's Ark is hands-down one of the most inspirational stories I've ever read. The author does a remarkable job at capturing such a powerful time in history, and at capturing Schindler as well. As the book points out, Schindler wasn't perfect, he had his flaws, but the atrocities of war opened his eyes and he did something so brave that most people would never be able to imagine. Despite being a member of the Nazi Party, he used this position as a guise to secretly save the lives of over a ...more
Becca
Apr 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ayşenur Mutluel
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Ortada bir Schindler listesi vardı ve listeye girmek dünyadaki her şeye bedeldi.”


Kitap hakkında pek fazla düşüncem yok aslında. Nasıl bir yorum yapacağımı da pek bilmiyorum. Nazi kampları ile ilgili daha önce bir kitap okumadım ve pekte bir bilgim yok açıkçası. Daha önce Anne Frank’in Hatıra Defteri’ni okuyup biraz bilgi edinmiştim ve o küçücük bir alanda geçmesine rağmen beni sarsmaya yetmişti. Bu kitapta bende öyle bir etki bıraktı. Sarstı! Gerçek bir olaya dayanılmasına rağmen kurgu olarak
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Courtney H.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookers
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
Sarah
28/6 - This took me so long to read, not because of its content (on which I am reasonably well read and am no longer shocked by the things that were done) because of how dense it was. It seems to be a peculiar feature of non-fiction books that they often tend to have fewer paragraphs, page breaks, or chapters, leaving the reader to deal with many pages completely filled with text with nothing to break it up. The end result for me was that a book of this length, which would usually take me a week ...more
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
Ana  Vlădescu
initially:

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
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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
Paul
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booker-winners
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
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Wayne Barrett

This is one of those cases where I watched the movie before reading the book. And this is also one of those rare cases where the movie was so much better than the book. I think I would have liked the book even less if I had not seen the movie because there were areas in the story that I recognized because of the movie. The movie version gave me an image that was dramatic and memorable whereas the book was impersonal, reading like a reference manual.
Aubrey
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melanie
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
Susan Branch
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oana
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.
Javi
Que no es un libro agradable de leer está de sobra decirlo; es un libro duro, aunque me resultó menos duro que su adaptación cinematográfica —excelente adaptación, dicho sea de paso—, aunque sólo sea porque me es difícil imaginar tantas atrocidades y tropelías basadas en hechos reales… y viéndolas en imágenes, aparte de cruel, da verdadero escalofrío.

Un libro en el que se muestra lo peor y lo mejor del ser humano; capaz de los actos más violentos imaginables —y muchos otros inimaginables—, pero
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Sam
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, biography
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
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Katikka
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Becky
For the most part, I enjoyed this book. It did a good job of telling the story of a man who changed the lives of so many, while under their oppressor's noses.

Unfortunately, throughout the book, it would lapse into these "back-story" areas that felt forced... like historical text. I know that is what it is, really, but considering that this book states that it is a "fiction" and a "novel", it shouldn't feel that way, in my opinion.

This book did do a good job at looking at the Nazi occupation, g
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Kiwi
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf-history, nf-other
A painful testimony of the frailty of human kind, chilling descriptions of torture and abuse and an overwhelming number of stories from the survivors, the lucky ones on Schindler’s list. The main question remains however: why did he do what he did? as a book 3 stars. ...more
Eslam Mohammed
That's how they create and defend their own legends, When would we learn?
Lauren Hopkins
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having watched this movie about 5000 times, I've always wanted to read the book to get more in-depth information about how everything worked out with Schindler and his behind the scenes dealings so this has been on my to-read list for years. I assumed it'd be good or whatever, but it was actually so good both factually and well-written that I learned SOOOO freaking much, not only about Schindler, but about many of the Jews he saved (and who later saved him). So much of it made me sob. Like, the ...more
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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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