I told Stephanie I would do book reports on all the books I have on my summer reading list (half of them are borrowed from her!)
Schindler’s List was a book I had meant to read for a long time – since high school probably. I finally plucked it from my dad’s bookshelf and started to read. It took me over a month to get through it! Usually when a book takes that long to read it’s because I can’t get into the story, either because it’s a boring story or it’s written poorly. Well, this was definitely not a boring story and the writing wasn’t too bad, though in my opinion, the author could have done better.
What I mean is that I didn’t like Thomas Keneally’s writing style. He jumped all over the place in single sentences, making it difficult to follow. There were multiple points jammed together tangentially and separated by commas in the least of direct ways. He would make points within point which could have been separate ideas on their own; this would have made the writing easier to read. As it was, I constantly reread sentences to try and follow what was going on. This was a small problem however.
When asked how the book was mid-read, I had trouble responding. I wanted to say it was “good” but the fact was that I had just finished a section about the mass graves dug by their own inhabitants before being shot; or about Jews starving in ghettos then being forced into camps. In the end, Schindler saved 1,100 Jews in his camp. It was the only camp where ‘no prisoner was killed or even beaten’, as Keneally writes.
Everyone knows the story of the Holocaust, and most people have seen the movie, so I won’t go into any more details. I was trying to find better words to describe but they came out trite and pithy; words like “tragedy” and “beautiful heroic story” came out, and that’s of course the truth, but it’s all been written before. So I leave this report as it is.
Read the book. It’s a good one to have read.