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My Book Bucket List Review: Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

This is the fourth book from My Book Bucket List that I’ve finished! party-popper Look for next month’s poll post after this one!

Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally

Pages: 402
Genre: Non-Fiction/Holocaust/Classic
Publication Date:
October 18, 1982
Themes: Holocaust, World War II, Concentration Camps, Persecution, Bravery, Courage, Faith, Persistence

SynopsisOskar Schindler is well known for saving so many people in the Jewish community during World War II by creating his own “camp”. This camp was to protect the Jewish community in hopes to keep them safe and alive.

While following Schindler’s story, readers are shown some of the harshness during this time through various individuals’ experiences.

my review

I was really excited to read this book because it’s one of the topics in history that I am drawn to. At this point, I have not seen the movie and I do plan on watching it, but I must say I was extremely disappointed in the book. 

The overall premise and facts included were obviously interesting and important for people to know. It’s a time period, like many others, should not forget, especially a story that includes some hope for some of those who were persecuted.

There were a couple of stories that did make me feel sadness. Without giving too many details, there was a situation where doctors had to decide what to with their patients when the SS arrived in their town. This was a heartbreaking story, with no real good solution. For this story, and a couple of others, I commend the author for showing some of the harsh realities people faced.

Unfortunately, the writing is what brought the book down for me. For so much of Schindler’s List, I felt the author wanted to include so much information about so many individuals that the whole book just seemed choppy and disjointed. It was honestly a rush of names that it was hard to keep track of each person and their backstories. What was more bothersome was how the author introduced new people, more or less assuming that readers would know who they were, which wasn’t always true.

Due to the dropping of names, so many of the stories included were also rushed and didn’t really seem to have much order to them. This made it extremely frustrating to continue reading.

I also found it off-putting that Oskar Schindler wasn’t even present for at least a third of the story. Even when he was present, I found many of his scenes unappealing and not very exciting, which you would think a story like this would be very exciting. His heroic act of saving several people in the Jewish community fell flat due to the author’s writing style, which is very disappointing and sad.

Overall, what was meant to be a strong and heartbreaking novel was portrayed as something somewhat dull and a big chore to read.

My Rating2 stars


I’m not sure who I would recommend this to. Perhaps those who don’t mind a number of people and stories thrown together might find this more enjoyable.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
23 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!

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