Friday, September 10, 2010

Eat it, too.

Current book: Schindler's List
Pages read: 13 - 70

Sorry about the lack of post yesterday; frankly, there was just no energy left. 12 and a half hours door-to-door doesn't make for a day that lends itself to blogging.

Anyway, exciting Holocaust action time! (Forgive me if I sound flippant; I've read so many Holocaust books that it sometimes causes me to lose perspective.) Oskar Schindler is a wealthy young man living in what was then Austria-Hungary and is now the Czech Republic (and was also Czechoslovakia in between - woo!). He marries a young but wealthy farm girl, Emilie, and becomes a businessman and a spy for the Germans in the Czech Republic. He's basically spending a lot time hanging out with the Nazis and is a member of the party, but Keneally (the author) makes it clear that he's a Nazi of convenience, as it were, and doesn't actually believe in the party's ideals. He warns several Jewish business associates of the coming German invasion of Krakow, as well.

That's where we are. I have to say, I'm pretty annoyed with Keneally at this point. He makes a big deal in the introduction about how he's written the book as a novel because he has a novelist's skills and because he wants the reader to be clear that not every detail is the truth. However, so far he's spent most of the book falling all over himself to be accurate at the expense of good writing. He keeps saying things like, "if we were to assume this were true," or, "one might imagine it, but there's no evidence," and I'm a bit like, "Are you writing a freaking novel here or not, Keneally?" It's fiction or non-fiction, and you can't have both. I'm going to give it time, but I'm skeptical as to whether I'd call this a novel at all. It's still sort of interesting, but it's more biography than it is fiction.

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