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Product Details

  • Series: Coronet Books
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square; New edition edition (October 17, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340335017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340335017
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An extraordinary achievement' -- Graham Greene 'Brilliantly detailed, moving, powerful and gripping' -- The Times 'Thomas Keneally has done marvellous justice to a marvellous story' -- Sunday Times 'Keneally is a superb storyteller. With SCHINDLER'S ARK he has given us his best book yet, a magnificent novel which held me from the first page to the last' -- Alan Sillitoe 'This remarkable book has the immediacy and the almost unbearable detail of a thousand eye witnesses who forgot nothing' -- New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Thomas Keneally has been shortlisted for the Booker four times and won it with SCHINDLER'S ARK in 1982. His novels have been filmed ("Schindler's List" and "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith") and dramatised ("The Playmaker"). He has also written several works of non-fiction including "Homebush Boy", a memoir.

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I almost cry every time I think of that quote from Pfefferberg.
Amy M
This powerful novel gives off a realistic sense of terror, describes the many horrific events and lots of romances being painfully torn apart.
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God bless the man who shared this with the world and the man the book is about.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Thomas Keneally's Booker Prize-winning, fictionalized biography of Oskar Schindler memorializes a member of the Nazi party who endangered his own life for four years, working privately to save Jews from the death camps. A playboy who loved fine wines and foods, he was also a smooth-talking manipulator (and briber) of Nazi officials, as well as a clever entrepreneur, already on his way to stunning financial success by the early days of World War II. Nowhere in Schindler's background are there any hints that he would one day become the savior of eleven hundred Jewish men and women.

While the excellent film of this novel concentrates on the dangers Schindler and "his Jews" faced daily throughout the war, Keneally, well known for his depictions of characters acting under stress, concentrates on the character of Oskar Schindler himself, beginning with his childhood and teen years. As he explores Schindler's transformation from war profiteer and "passive" Nazi to a man willing to use his fortune to ensure the salvation of his factory workers, Keneally reveals a man of enormous courage and derring-do, a man who thrives by living on the edge.

Presenting episodes from the lives of some of the "Schindlerjuden," Keneally highlights their humanity, creating moments of high drama. Characters such as Leopold Pfefferberg and factory manager Itzhak Stern move in and out of the narrative, illustrating graphically the extent to which their lives depend upon Oskar Schindler, while the constant intrusion of sadistic SS commandant Amon Goeth in Schindler's life shows the fragility of their security. Other stories, of people who just missed being saved by Schindler, highlight the arbitrariness of fate--chance--in their (and our) lives.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Shaffer on January 5, 2008
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"The unconditional surrender of Germany," he said, has just been announced. After six years of the cruel murder of human beings, victims are being mourned, and Europe is now trying to return to peace and order".

Schindler's Ark tells a true story about a German gentleman, drinker and a womanizer who saved many Jewish lives during World War II. This powerful novel gives off a realistic sense of terror, describes the many horrific events and lots of romances being painfully torn apart. This is about a man who wrote a list, a list that made a great impact on many people's lives until one day when it all goes wrong.

Thomas Keneally has told the story in a way which will grip the reader. The reader will go through a whole array of emotions. This book invites us all to remember those lives, some of whom were taken and some of whom have changed forever! After all, this is a true story!

"The dust of the dead fell in hair and on the clothing hung in the back gardens of junior officers' villas".

This book is best suited for ages 13 and up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Mischke on February 17, 2013
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I loved the movie that Steven Spielberg did years ago with Liam Nesson as Schindler and realized I never read the book the movie was based on. And while needless to say books into movies never go well this one did. I really thought the book was well done and not one of those boring old history like texts and actually finished it a weekend because I couldn't put it down. I am glad Keneally wrote about Schindler becasue the world needs to know that while nobody is prefect even the least likely of people can become heros. This book needs to stay in print and maybe even one that is read in schools because people need to learn about the Holecust and the average people that helped save others during a really dark time in human history so that we do not reapeat the same mistakes as our fore fathers. Oscar Schindler and this book gives me hope in humanity.
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So many times throughout this book I had to remind myself this was real. It happened. I listened to Thomas Keneally's memoir on audiobook, Searching for Schindler before starting the book so I had some insight into it before I read it. I'm glad I did because it took the story beyond the page and gave it a real background from a time and place where I can understand. "It's a story of humanity, man to man". I almost cry every time I think of that quote from Pfefferberg.
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Detailed and thorough account which has been a valuable companion to viewing the Spielberg film. Very readable and neutral in tone on a topic of intrinsic horror and misery.
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By P. K. Rego on November 20, 2012
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I seem to be running on Jew/Holocaust steam lately... I've been reading such books only...

I don't know what to write of this book. This is such a famous book, that I think any review will not do it justice.

Reading this book, I cannot stop questioning myself: If I lived during those times, what would I do? If I were a Jew, what would I do? If I were German, what would I do?

There are many memorable Schindler quotes, and I think that they all ring some truth. "When you know people, you have to treat them like people." And the most touching, is his speech.

A very interesting individual.
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By Daffy on September 14, 2012
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This book by Thomas Keneally is well written and conveys vividly the courage of Schindler.
He was an unexpected hero who saved the lives of countless jews in WWII. A very good read.
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