Thomas Keneally

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Thomas Keneally

Thomas Michael Keneally AO (born 7 October 1935) is an Australian, novelist playwright, and essayist. His best-known work, Schindler's Ark, won the Booker Prize and was filmed by Steven Spielberg as Schindler's List.


Schindler's Ark (1982)[edit]

From 1993 onwards the book has been published under the title Schindler's List.

  • Fatal human malice is the staple of narrators, original sin the mother-fluid of historians. But it is a risky enterprise to have to write of virtue.
    • Prologue.
  • In times like these, he said, it must be hard for the churches to go on telling people that their Heavenly Father cared about the death of even a single sparrow. He'd hate to be a priest, Herr Schindler said, in an era like this, when life did not have the value of a packet of cigarettes. Stern agreed but suggested, in the spirit of the discussion, that the Biblical reference Herr Schindler had made could be summed up by a Talmudic verse which said that he who saves the life of one man, saves the entire world.
  • The list is an absolute good. The list is life. All round its cramped margins lies the gulf.
    • Ch. 31.

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