Thomas Keneally

Australian novelist

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.

Thomas Keneally in 2012


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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