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Schindler's List [Paperback]

Thomas Keneally
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Dec 1 1993
The acclaimed bestselling classic of Holocaust literature, winner of the Booker Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, and the inspiration for the classic film—“a masterful account of the growth of the human soul” (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

A stunning novel based on the true story of how German war profiteer and factory director Oskar Schindler came to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other single person during World War II. In this milestone of Holocaust literature, Thomas Keneally, author of Daughter of Mars, uses the actual testimony of the Schindlerjuden—Schindler’s Jews—to brilliantly portray the courage and cunning of a good man in the midst of unspeakable evil.

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From Publishers Weekly

A mesmerizing novel based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German industralist who saved and succored more than 1000 Jews from the Nazis at enormous financial and emotional expense.

Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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How the German Oskar Schindler came to save more than one thousand Polish Jews during the Holocaust is one of the most fascinating stories of the century. Although millions are now learning about Schindler through Steven Spielberg's recent Academy AwardR-winning film, his achievement first gained prominence with Keneally's 1982 "facticious" novel (which is also the basis for the film). Keneally's account is less melodramatic than the motion picture, and although he does not fully explain how a hedonistic German could have been so altered by the plight of the Jewish workers in his factory, he does make Schindler less enigmatic than the big-screen version. Ben Kingsley, one of the film's stars, reads in a calculatedly matter-of-fact tone, letting the story's power alone convey its complicated emotions. Highly recommended.
Michael Adams, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Lib., Madison, N.J.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite books. Thomas Keneally writes about a good german who saves the most number of jews during the holocaust. Though the movie portraits only the good side of Schindler, the book gives a more clear picture of Schindler's character. The first chapter itself puts you right into the ww2 picture. From there, Keneally tries to portray the unspeakable horror done to Jews by the Nazis. I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in knowing about what happened to jews during the ww2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A breath taking story May 19 2004
By J.Lynch
Schindler's List is an extremely well written novel. It truly grasps your attention and makes you feel as if you're part of the story. Adults may have an easier time reading this book rather than children younger then the age of twelve. What makes it so difficult to understand, are some of the gruesome details and the very straight forward way of writing. If you are interested in chronicles about war and history, and aren't bothered by some mind blowing facts, this is a very appealing book.
It is about Oscar Schindler, a heavy drinker that loves women, and cares mostly about himself. Not until he realizes how horrible the Jewish people are being treated in the concentration camps, is it when he takes action. Schindler was able to save over one thousand jews. He saved them from having the same fate as millions of other Jews.
This novel is one of the best i have read in along time. Though very heart-breaking and deppressing, it truly lets you see what it was like for the Jewish people in that area of time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Account of Bravery and Struggle May 1 2004
By -_Tim_-
Schindler's List, by Thomas Keneally, is based on the true story of a German industrialist who saved over 1,000 Jews from extermination during the Nazi occupation of Poland. It presents a very realistic and persuasive account of how Oskar Schindler placed himself at great risk (he was arrested three times) to oppose the Nazi regime and protect the Jewish workers in his factory. The book also describes the subhuman treatment of those that Schindler could not save.
Most of those reading this brief review will have seen the movie and it must be said that the book does not have quite the impact of the movie. Still, this is a fine book and a tribute to a man who chose to act decisively when he met evil. It deserves to be widely read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Portrait of a complex man July 6 2004
I have wanted to see Spielberg's movie for quite some time, and I think I'm glad I read the book first. There is a lot of detail here that almost certainly will be lost in the movie.
Initially, there is the complexity that is Oskar Schindler himself. It is fascinating to follow his development from a war profiteer and a major operator in the black market to a man obsessed with saving as many Jewish prisoners as he can. It would be convenient to view Schindler as an industrialist using the Jewish prisoners as a cheap source of labor to boost his profits, but it is quite clear that he ultimately was willing to pay any price to save people. His actions could have easily cost him his life. One the other hand, care must be taken to recongize that Schindler was not a saint, but a flawed man who happened to have performed a great deed. His story is truly remarkable.
I also found that many of the descriptions of other individuals included fascinating details. Here we find an array of complex and all-too-human characters. Schindler's greatest gift seems to have been his ability to determine what was required to motivate individuals to help Schindler achieve his goals. He was a master a bribery, but could also locate unlikely sources of compassion and conscience. While this is a story that proves that not everyone looked the other way during the Nazi reign of terror, the shame of it is that the numbers of such people were so small.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, one of best of the 80s May 17 2004
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.
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