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4.0 out of 5 stars
No literary classic but still an important book, 13 Aug 2004
I'm not all that fond of Keneally's style of writing and narration. However, substance sometimes makes the book, and Schindler's list is one I return to time after time, just to remind myself of the historical events behind Spielberg's film. They are both chilling and incredible and have a lot to say about the human nature - the best and the worst of it.
I recommend this book to both those interested in Schindler and those who take a cynical look at the story because they felt the film was false, flawed, exaggerative, emotionally manipulative, or any such thing. While Keneally's book probably doesn't tell the truth, only the truth and the whole truth on the subject, it is well researched for and explores the story much more thoroughly than Spielberg's film (largely based on it) was able to. It brings up a multitude of very interesting details, human fates and personal memories of people involved in the events.
Just for the record: Schindler was not the only person in Krakow helping Jews to survive, and he was involved in this business both earlier and far more deeply that the film shows. The accountant character played in the film by Ben Kingsley is actually a combination of at least two or three real people. And the real Amon Goeth, in turn, was far worse than even Ralph Fiennes' fine performance could express.