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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 3 Dec 2008
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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. I found it self indulgent on the part of the writer, just a platform for how wonderful he was. Very surprised, as I had expected a more factual account of how he gathered information on Schindler NOT a vehicle for writing about his own life. Perhaps the giveaway is the large number of photographs showing the author with various people in various settings. If I had wanted an autobiography about Thomas Keneally I would have bought one.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2008 22:59:53 GMT
It is indeed the story of Keneally's 'journey, from Beverley Hills to, eventually, the Oscar ceremony at which 'Schindler's List' wins best film, so he features throughout - how could it be otherwise? In fact, he is self-deprecatory and focuses far more on Ludwig Pfefferberg, the valiant Polish survivor who first tells him about Schindler than he does on himself, and to say that the book is a platform to 'show how wonderful he is' is a very serious distortion of both the tone and the content of the book. He makes it clear how difficult it was to write the book and is absolutely open about the fact that his screenplay for the film was rejected. The process of writing is an interesting one, and it's interesting to read about it, but this book is no more self-advertisement for Keneally than the film is self-advertisement for Spielberg.

Posted on 10 Oct 2009 19:50:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Oct 2009 10:24:52 BDT
James Foucar says:
Sounds to me that this reviewer did not actually research what they were buying? The book is described as a "memoir" in the blurb...

Or maybe they are trying to discredit Mr Keneally for bring the story of Oskar Schindler to a wider audience? Giving the book one star? Could they be part of that fraternity of outsiders, trying to change history by so-called "historical revisionism", also known as the reality of Holocaust denial?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2009 22:13:43 GMT
Bookworm says:
Oh dear. It is just someone's opinion on a book - how can you possibly read all this into those comments? I could do the same about your comment and be just as ridiculous, or was it tongue in cheek!
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