Humphrey Bower gives an engaging performance of Booker Prize-winning author Thomas Keneally’s memoir Searching for Schindler. In 1980, Keneally met shop owner Leopold Pfefferberg Page, a Polish Jew, while buying a new briefcase in Beverly Hills. The charismatic Page had a tremendous story to tell: that of Oskar Schindler and the list of people he saved during the Holocaust. The pair traveled around the United States, Germany, Israel, Austria, and Poland in search of survivors to interview. Keneally also examines the profound effect his novel Schindler’s Ark, and the resulting film, had upon his life.
In 1980, Tom Keneally walked into a store in Beverly Hills owned by Polish Jew Leopold Pfefferberg Page to buy a new briefcase. For the next few years, Tom's life was taken over by this charismatic and driven man, known as Poldek, and the story he wanted shared. The resulting book was Schindler's Ark, which went on to win the Booker Prize and ultimately became the Oscar-award-winning film Schindler's List.
Tom and Poldek travelled across the US, Germany, Israel, Austria and Poland, interviewing survivors and discovering their extraordinary stories. Searching for Schindler is very much Tom's journey; he reflects on his early days as a successful but less than confident writer, and how this book, the film it became and the people he met, changed his and his family's lives forever.
I found the beginning of the story very interesting. I enjoyed learning about how Thomas Keneally met Poldeck who gave him the inspiration for writing the story. I liked learning about the survivors of the holocaust and their stories. The second part of the book is about making the movie and that is where it began to drag.
I feel that only the writer's fans or the film's fans may be interested in this book. Midway through the book it begins to ramble and become boring. I began to look forward to its completion.
Great performance by the narrator Humphrey Bower.
A great tale by a great Aussie Author and perfectly delivered by our premium actor, Humphrey Bower. A magical t6ale about the worst possible subject. Get it, you will not be disappointed.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed the majority of this story but in retrospect, I may have been better off, and just as informed, had I read the original work 'Schindlers Ark' instead. This book seems like the author was just looking to produce some more royalties. The most interesting parts of the book were probably already covered in the original.
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This book is an account of how the author, Thomas Keneally, was drawn into writing the story of Oscar Schindler. In itself it is an intriguing and multi-faceted story of a holocaust survivor that felt so indebted to Schindler that he spent his lifetime on the lookout for a writer to immortalize him, on the page and in film. It is also about Thomas Keneally himself and the long journey of writing a book and then getting it filmed. And the impact that such a demanding project had on him and his own family. It involved the vagaries of the publishing industry, the difficulty of the research, the various perspectives of the survivors, not all of whom saw Schindler as a saint. It also touches on the showbiz issues surrounding the film, the locations, the stars, the premieres the legacy. I liked the Spielberg film and so I was interested in how it came about, if you are too then you will enjoy this book, as it is It is well written as well read.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
It's probably a good idea to read "Shindler's Ark" or see the film version, "Shindler's List" before listening to this audiobook, because it will heighten your enjoyment and amazement at the story told. I found it really quite compulsive listening - beautifully written and very well narrated indeed by Humphrey Bower.
You will not regret adding this to your library.
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Loved finding out the story behind the film. Much more interesting and moving once you know.