This book is unforgettable. I read the novel twenty years ago and the story has stayed with me. I heard Leon Leyson speak about his experiences as the youngest person on Schindler's list. He wrote a book called The Boy on the Wooden Box, which is his amazing story of survival.
I loved the film by Spielberg which made me want to read the book. Unfortunately, the book wasn't that great. I guess Keneally was not sure whether to make it into a novel or a history book. I tried really hard to go through it, but I couldn't. The book is kind of boring in my opinion.
I was sad to give this book back to the library.
This is a movie that will stay with you after watching it.
I put off reading this book for ten years after I saw the movie. I was worried I would find it too emotional and oppressive. I was surprised that it wasn't, really. After all, Schindler's List is told by the ones who survived. It is a tale of survival agains insurmountable odds, and of people's ingenuity in times of great stress, and of people who survived because others helped. I just kept flipping to the page where it credited "sources" and if I found that last name listed, it meant that someone in that family had gotten out. And then I could keep reading.
Interesting portrait of the man behind the movie. Recommended for narrative non-fiction lovers.
Original title was Schindler's Ark.
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