This is my 300th book read, since starting this blog in November 2009.
I wanted to mark my triple century with something of significance and worth, and thought this book met those conditions.
As a Booker prize winner it has literary recognition. As the inspiration for an Oscar winning film it gained a wider appreciation and appeal.
And the book’s topic and themes make it worthwhile representative of many of the books preceding it on my reading list.
Literature, war, Jewish history and the extremes of human nature; some of the significant characteristics of the other books I’ve read in the past (almost) 7 years.
I’ve had this book for a long time, firstly in a paperback released as a movie tie-in, with of course the changed title of Schindler’s List. And then I came across the first (Australian) hardcover edition illustrated above. I bought it and gave the other one to my mum.
The book then sat on my bookshelf for a few years unread – until now.
In the beginning Keneally makes it clear that his book is not a history book, but a novel based on historical research and personal interviews with many of the people who appear in it as “characters”. I’m not entirely sure of the distinction he tries to make. It doesn’t seem any different to many of the military histories I’ve read over the past year. Maybe he wanted to distance his book from potential readers’ assumptions about the dryness of history telling.
Now that I’ve committed myself to making this my 300th book – it’s restricting me from starting something else alongside it, just in case I forget myself and finish that “something else” first.