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Thomas Keneally

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Thomas Keneally was born in Sydney, Australia on October 7, 1935. Although he initially studied for the Catholic priesthood, he abandoned that idea in 1960, turning to teaching and clerical work before writing and publishing his first novel, The Place at Whitton, in 1964. Since that time he has vis mere been a full-time writer, aside from the occasional stint as a lecturer or writer-in-residence. He won the Booker Prize in 1982 for Schindler's Ark, which Stephen Spielberg adapted into the film Schindler's List. He won the Miles Franklin Award twice with Bring Larks and Heroes and Three Cheers for the Paraclete. His other fiction books include The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest, Confederates, The People's Train, Bettany's Book, An Angel in Australia, The Widow and Her Hero, and The Daughters of Mars. His nonfiction works include Searching for Schindler, Three Famines, The Commonwealth of Thieves, The Great Shame, and American Scoundrel. In 1983, he was awarded the order of Australia for his services to Australian Literature. Thomas Keneally is the recipient of the 2015 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. The award, formerly known as the Writers' Emeritus Award, recognises 'the achievements of eminent literary writers over the age of 60 who have made an outstanding and lifelong contribution to Australian literature. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Thomas Keneally

Schindler's Ark (1982)nogle udgaver7,951 eksemplarer
The Daughters of Mars (2012) 664 eksemplarer
American Scoundrel (2002) 458 eksemplarer
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1972) 421 eksemplarer
Confederates (1979) 290 eksemplarer
Searching for Schindler: A memoir (2007) 286 eksemplarer
The Playmaker (1987) 276 eksemplarer
Abraham Lincoln (2003) 267 eksemplarer
Woman of the Inner Sea (1992) 240 eksemplarer
A River Town (1995) 230 eksemplarer
The Office of Innocence (2002) 224 eksemplarer
Towards Asmara (1979) 196 eksemplarer
Gossip from the Forest (1975) 182 eksemplarer
A Family Madness (1985) 179 eksemplarer
Bettany's Book (2000) 173 eksemplarer
The Tyrant's Novel (2003) 166 eksemplarer
Napoleon's Last Island (2015) 166 eksemplarer
Three Cheers for the Paraclete (1968) 163 eksemplarer
Bring Larks and Heroes (1967) 158 eksemplarer
Victim of the Aurora (1977) 147 eksemplarer
Shame and the Captives (2013) 140 eksemplarer
Blood Red, Sister Rose (1974) 124 eksemplarer
Flying Hero Class (1991) 121 eksemplarer
The People's Train (2009) 102 eksemplarer
The Widow and Her Hero (2007) 95 eksemplarer
Crimes of the Father (2016) 90 eksemplarer
Three famines (2010) 84 eksemplarer
The Dickens Boy (2020) 78 eksemplarer
Jacko (1993) 70 eksemplarer
Ned Kelly & the City of the Bees (1978) 69 eksemplarer
The Survivor (1969) 64 eksemplarer
The Soldier's Curse (2016) 61 eksemplarer
Season in Purgatory (1976) 55 eksemplarer
A Dutiful Daughter (1971) 53 eksemplarer
Moses the Lawgiver (1975) 45 eksemplarer
Outback (1618) 43 eksemplarer
Homebush boy (1995) 38 eksemplarer
Cut Rate Kingdom (1832) 34 eksemplarer
Schindler's Ark (1600) 31 eksemplarer
Australia: Beyond the Dreamtime (1987) 27 eksemplarer
By the Line (1989) 27 eksemplarer
Roos in shoes (2003) 26 eksemplarer
Australia (2013) 26 eksemplarer
Australians: A Short History (2016) 24 eksemplarer
Passenger (1979) 21 eksemplarer
The Fear (1965) 18 eksemplarer
Schindler's List (Abridged Audio) (1993) 18 eksemplarer
The Ink Stain (2019) — Forfatter — 15 eksemplarer
Corporal Hitler's Pistol (2021) 15 eksemplarer
A Country Too Far: Writings on Asylum Seekers (2013) — Redaktør — 14 eksemplarer
The Place at Whitton (1964) 14 eksemplarer
Our republic (1993) 7 eksemplarer
Bullies House (1981) 5 eksemplarer
Fanatic Heart (2022) 5 eksemplarer
The Pact (2020) 5 eksemplarer
Thomas Keneally : a celebration (2006) 4 eksemplarer
Another country (2005) — Redaktør — 2 eksemplarer
Fanatic Heart 2 eksemplarer
The Book of Grandparents (2009) 2 eksemplarer
Face of Australia (2000) 1 eksemplar
La città delle api (2000) 1 eksemplar
Memoirs from a Young Republic (1993) 1 eksemplar
1995 1 eksemplar
Great Shame Map (1998) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Voss (1957) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver1,384 eksemplarer
Schindler's List [1993 film] (1993) — Original Book — 727 eksemplarer
Our Country's Good (1988)nogle udgaver276 eksemplarer
The Best American Travel Writing 2005 (2005) — Bidragyder — 212 eksemplarer
Granta 86: Film (2004) — Bidragyder — 203 eksemplarer
Granta 83: This Overheating World (2003) — Bidragyder — 172 eksemplarer
Granta 70: Australia - The New New World (2000) — Bidragyder — 164 eksemplarer
Granta 91: Wish You Were Here (2005) — Bidragyder — 133 eksemplarer
10 Short Stories You Must Read This Year (2009) — Bidragyder — 105 eksemplarer
Atlas of the Great Irish Famine (2012) — Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer
Strangers in Their Own Land: Young Jews in Germany and Austria Today (1727) — Preface, nogle udgaver58 eksemplarer
The Best Australian Essays: A Ten-Year Collection (2011) — Bidragyder — 29 eksemplarer
Writers on writing (2002) — Bidragyder — 28 eksemplarer
The Best Australian Essays 2004 (2004) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
The Best Australian Essays 2002 (2002) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer
Introduction to book publishing (1977) — Introduktion — 15 eksemplarer
The Best Australian Essays 2003 (2003) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
The best Australian stories 2001 (2001) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
Sydney: Biography of a city (1999) — Forord — 13 eksemplarer
THIS IS YOUR LIFE - TRUE STORIES OF GREAT AUSTRALIANS - VOLUME 2 (2000) — Introduktion — 6 eksemplarer
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith [1978 film] (1978) — Original book — 5 eksemplarer
Invincibles the Legend of Bradmans 1948 (1998) — Forord — 4 eksemplarer

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1001 Group Read: November, 2011: Schindler's Ark (aka. Schindler's List) i 1001 Books to read before you die (december 2011)


Keneally can take characters and events from history and weave some amazing stories around them.

In the late 1800s, rather than run the risk of his underachieving sons tarnishing his reputation at home, Charles Dickens sent two of them to Australia.

This tale tells the imagined story of Edward, the tenth child of the esteemed author, as he tries to 'achieve' something with his life. Away from the pressures of being a Dickens, Edward is allowed to find his own path in life and to come to terms with his family and the expectations of them and himself.

Beautifully written, the characters literally jump off the pages. They are vivid, real, and highlight the early days of the Aussie larakin.
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Steven1958 | 7 andre anmeldelser | Nov 21, 2023 |
Most people have at least heard of this book, or the movie that was made from it, about the war profiteer turned savior of over a thousand Jews during WWII. I watched the movie in high school and then tried to read the book, but gave up due to how long and dry it was. That's probably the biggest mark against the book for most people--it's slow and plodding for at least the first several chapters. And throughout the entire book, the narrative is bogged down by so many names of locations and people, all of which are foreign to at least some of us (mostly Polish names, some German) and difficult to pronounce. However, I'm not sure Keneally should have done it differently, and if that is the only downside to the whole book, I would say there's a lot of reason to push through it and keep going. It does pick up a little after some of the early chapters, and in the end, I'm really glad I read it.

One thing that's always struck me about Schindler, and did even more so while reading this, is that he's not necessarily the type of person you would picture as a "savior." He was gruff, prone to fits of anger, and frankly had absolutely no respect for women at all. And yet, when he saw injustice and brutality happening, he was spurred into action. And while his motives for helping are examined multiple times in the book, it's clear that it's not just a matter of profit that he fights to keep his workers, considering the lengths he goes to at times to not just keep them but also to keep the SS from brutalizing them in his factory.

Though Schindler's actions are the focal point, the book also takes an up-close look at some of the people eventually saved by him. The book reads like a series of vignettes about Schindler himself and various of the different Schindlerjuden (Schindler Jews). Keneally states that he did his best to include only facts, while filling in conversation here and there, but because he couldn't possibly have every single detail, the story at times reads more like looking down on a scene, rather than being right there in it while it happens, as we've come to expect from novels. He makes it clear, though, when he couldn't corroborate a story, that it might be more legend than fact, and even this only happens a few times. Overall, the book is a fascinating, heartbreaking, and clear picture of one man who was completely unextraordinary most of his life, yet did an incredibly extraordinary thing during a dark and terrifying time in human history. Whether you've seen the movie or not, I recommend reading this book to pretty much everyone who's remotely interested in the subject matter, even if it does take you some time to get through it. It's worth it.
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Kristi_D | 91 andre anmeldelser | Sep 22, 2023 |
Having grown up in the Catholic faith, this book struck a chord of recognition for me. However, in no way do I mean to suggest that I or anyone I knew experienced physical abuse at the hands of the clergy or teaching nuns. I accept that the perpetrators need to be held to account and the church needs to be honest in its handling of these cases. Too the book...
HelenBaker | 8 andre anmeldelser | Mar 13, 2023 |
FROM AMAZON: 51-minute read
A young autistic woman finds her voice and a path toward justice in this uplifting short story about the power of family history by Thomas Keneally, award-winning author of Schindler’s List.

When Alison Strange receives a debt claim she can’t afford to pay from the Australian government’s unemployment office, she’s caught completely off-balance. As she wrestles with a slippery bureaucracy, her history-loving grandfather bolsters her resolve with the story of their ancestor John Strange, an English cobbler who was banished to Australia for his part in a political movement. Drawing inspiration from John’s life, Alison finds her own unique way to demand a future that’s fair for all.… (mere)
Gmomaj | 3 andre anmeldelser | Feb 20, 2023 |



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