The Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally is one of his best achievements. Thomas Keneally is an outstanding author, but this was his crowning achievement. He presents the story of a person who is selfish and petty. The movie is good, but is nowhere as good as the book. Oscar Schindler was a lot like his father, who did not spend time with his mother, but he hated his father for it. Though all of his relatives knew it, he himself did not. All the human aspects of the person did not come out in the movie, but were brought out beautifully in the book. It shows him from his youth to adulthood, when he starts making money of the Jews and then starts changing gradually, to his old age.
His old age is shown in the book, but not in the movie. That is sad, as he is not treated well in Germany (he was called a "Jew kisser") but was treated like a beloved child in Israel. Whenever he went there, he used to eat at a Romanian restaurant of one of his children who used to make sure that he did not drink too much. When he died he was buried in the Protestant cemetary in Jerusalem, which was ironical as he was a person who was least into religion. The book is also balanced in bringing out how the Jews who made money of the others like Goldberg escaped to South America after the war. It is ironical that Amon Goeth expected the Jews to come and help him out after the war during his trial. After reading the book, one wonders if the movie did justice to the character of Oscar Schindler in the book, he was too complex. The book is put together wonderfully, there is scarcely a word out of place. It is a classic and is one of the best Booker winners.