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The Place Where Souls are Born [Hardcover]

Thomas Keneally

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4 Jun 1992
As he ranges across the West, the author of this book shows not just the present day world of affluent skiers in Aspen, impoverished Indians and the ghost towns and silver mines of Colorado, but also shows us the lands' history, like the Conquistadores and their futile search for El Dorado. Through it all runs the riddle of the Anasazi, the "old people" whose cliffside cities still seem to pulsate with life though abandoned over 500 years ago. To Keneally the disappearance of this peaceful race sums up all the mystery of the West - imagining them as the lost souls of America. Thomas Keaneally has had four of his books shortlisted for the Booker Prize with "Schindler's Ark" winning the prize in 1982.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First UK Edition, First Printing edition (4 Jun 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340573821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340573822
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,011,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty novels since. They include Schindler's Ark, which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List, and The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates and Gossip From The Forest, each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels are The Daughters Of Mars, which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in 2013, and Shame and the Captives. He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his memoir Homebush Boy, Searching for Schindler and Australians. He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite books. 15 Jan 2013
By Marnie - Published on Amazon.com
I first came across this book some years ago and I'm currently rereading it with great pleasure. A Booker Prize winner (for "Schindler's List"), Thomas Keneally is one of Australia's finest writers. This non-fiction book takes us with him on his many journeys through the American southwest. His interest in and passion for this part of the world can be found on every page. With an outsider's keen eye, he takes us backwards and forwards in time from the geological formation of the region, the coming of the first Americans, the Spaniards, the Europeans and into the modern era.
I loved this book so much that my family and I will visit the southwest ourselves this year. Read it now!
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