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  • ISBN-10: 1407429779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407429779
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Schindler 22 May 2009
Format:Paperback
Searching for Schindler This is the story of how Thomas Keneally came to write the book. It is full of interesting snippets of information. It is less about Schindler himself than the writing of Schindler's Ark and researching the various original sources. If you want to read about Schindler the man, then you need to read Schindler's Ark Schindler's Ark. This paints a much fuller portrait of the man himself, the time he lived in and just what he did to save the Jews at huge personal risk to himself. Both books are increadibly readable and informative.
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By hillbank68 TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I remember Thomas Keneally telling the story of how he came across the Schindler story when 'Schindler's Ark' ('List' in the USA) was first published. Then it won the Booker Prize and eventually, though after a long delay, was filmed by Steven Spielberg. This book covers that territory, from the moment Schindler walked into a Los Angeles bags, briefcases and leather goods shop and thereby met the extraordinary 'Leopold Page', in reality Leopold (or Poldek) Pfefferberg, to the making of the film and its success. The book is partly the story of Keneally's growing involvement in the tale and the search for other Schindlerjuden, the Jews Schindler saved, partly reflections on the Holocaust, the writing of the book, the making of the film and the moral ambiguities which surfaced in various ways at various stages of the process.

If this perhaps makes it seem a little dry, it's not. It is a highly personal book - this was often not an easy process for Keneally or his family - whose two 'heroes' are Pfefferberg, a truly remarkable man, and I think Keneally himself, though he would probably squirm in denial at that conclusion. There are interesting facts and anecdotes throughout, and many, many remarkable characters emerge, most of them other survivors. The process of getting the film made is absorbing - Keneally meeting Spielberg, the rights eventually being bought, time elasping and Spielberg working on other films, Keneally being contracted to write a screenplay, a new writer and then another being found, eventually the actual making of the film onset, meeting the actors, the first screening, the adulation - not unmixed with bitter and vociferous criticism - that it received.
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5.0 out of 5 stars would love this on dvd 30 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
This book was "Book of the Week" on Radio 4 3rd week in October and I heard part 1 which was fasinating and immediately caught my imagination and curiosity. I then went away and missed all other episodes until I again listened to 1/2 of the last one...I was driving along with tears running down my face - totally touched and moved by the thought of the 'story teller's' pain at the final end. Unfortunately it was not available on "Listen again" so I have come to the site to see if I could get a copy of the DVD, only to learn that this is a newish book, only published in Hardback at the moment (paperback April 09).

Of course I will have to buy it, and as I wait for the post, I do wonder if reading it in book form will touch my heart as piercingly as the spoken word.

I do appreciate the Shindler subject has been written about and filmed - and is not a new subject, however the writer, Thomas Keneally, seems to have come at this at such a different angle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AUDIOBOOK - A great story, brilliantly narrated 18 Aug 2010
By Mark Loughridge VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For those who loved the film Schindler's list this is a must read/hear. It is Keneally's own story of how he came across the story of Schindler. It fills in much of the background, and not having read Schindler's List/Ark, I really enjoyed this. The book also covers the story of the film being made - another fascinating drama in itself.

I listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the brilliant narration - the reader does many of the accents of the characters from different nationalities. I listened to it on holiday and found it hard to put down - often wandering around the cottage with my iPod - stopping and replaying bits for my wife to listen to. The 9 hours certainly didn't seem like it.

The story of Schindler itself is fascinating, but Keneally lost this listeners interest for a while when he digressed into his own life as an English Professor in the gap between the book coming out and the film being made. In some ways the book seems to forget if it is the story of the search for Schindler, or the story of Thomas Keneally.

But in the overall context of such a great and fascinating story, this is a minor gripe (although it costs him a star)

I would almost recommend the audio version (bar the price) above the written version for the narrator's ability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Story for All Seasons 24 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story of Oskar Schindler, his rise, his flaws, his redemption and the difference he made to the world is unique. The novel Schindler's Ark and the film Schindler's List are well known and rightfully renowned. This book is an account of how author Tom Keneally came across the story and wrote the novel. It is a fascinating and well written account full of interesting detail and above all characters of admirable strength, resilience and humility. I recommend it to you and hope that you will encourage others to read it also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Companion Peice
Well written, compelling and fascinating - shows just how much the Schindler Jews loved the man. really lets you see the Ark from their perspective and is more the story of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars WWII Poland's history Krakow
Just wanted to know more about the author of Schindler's list and the story behind the book. Very good read
Published 13 months ago by Kirsten Chesnut
5.0 out of 5 stars A great companion to the novel
I'm surprised by some of the nit-picking, negative reviews of this book. In itself, it isn't a literary masterpiece; but it doesn't pretend to be. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jonathan Seven
5.0 out of 5 stars Janjan
The film was gripping the book of the film too this also was a fab read. Now someone to write of the slave trade to America and the West Indies in the same way and I'll be truly... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Fergie Fergus
4.0 out of 5 stars The fascinating story behind the story
Up to 1980, the name of Oskar Schindler meant little outside the community of Holocaust survivors. Then an Australian novelist needing a new briefcase walked into Poldek... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Bob Sherunkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Schindler, finding himself?
First, I must declare an interest. I am writing a book about the Holocaust. I bought this book to learn how Keneally went about the craft. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2009 by James Foucar
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Nicely written book, but a bit heavy on the author's story in places. In large type and on thick paper so not as big a read as it looks! Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2009 by Rooster
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I bought this book having heard extracts on the radio. As I read the book I realised how selective the programme had been. I wish I had not spent the money buying it. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2008 by Bookworm
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