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Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally
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Jun 29, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2010, favorites, booker-prize-finalist
Read from July 04 to August 06, 2010

Spoilers ahead.

1. It is a very well writen book and easily gets 5 stars for that and many other reasons. A book everybody should read.

2. The first third of this book was the creepiest thing I've ever read. Nobody in the book yet knows about the final solution, but I do. They just think, ok Germany has concured Poland so we expect some hardship. Then at various times they say ok, this is as bad as it will get. The writer does an excellent job of making it feel as creepy as it should.

3.This might be just me, but I can't help thinking of this book in religious terms. Schindler does not sound like a religous man, so Keneally rightly does not focus on this, but I must. It reminds me of a message I hear often in church. That God calls us all to be his hands and feet. He uses fallible, imperfect human beings. Here is an unremarkable man who is an adulterer throughout his life, bribes people to get his way and drinks to excess every day. And yet this non-practicing Catholic between 1939 and 1945, this very flawed human being saves over 1200 lives, risking his own life and squandering his fortune. For his trouble he is jailed four times, including once by the French while fleeing for his life after the war is over. Imagine what could have happened if more people had listened to their conscious(Gods still small voice) and not the Nazi party line.

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