Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally was a Booker Prize winning novel from 1982 and then an Oscar-winning film bySteven Spielberg in 1993. In Searching for Schindler Keneally explains how he first heard about Oskar Schindler, a German businessman, who saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews during World War 2, when he walked into a shop in Los Angeles to buy a briefcase and met the owner Leopold Pfefferberg. Essentially this is a memoir of how his book came to be written, of his many interviews with people saved by Schindler and his development as a writer.
The Danger Tree by Olivia Manning
This was my contribution to the #77club reading week run by Kaggsy and Simon though I didn’t quite get to complete it before the end of the week. It’s the first of Manning’s Levant Trilogy which probably explains why it ended so abruptly and with no real conclusion. One of the central characters – Guy Pringle – is a very irritating man but overall I enjoyed this tale of the odd collection of people assembled in Cairo uncertain whether to stay or flee before the invading German army reaches them.
I’ll be starting a new book tonight but still don’t know what I’ll choose.
I might go for Love by Hanne Ørstavik which is the March selection from the Asymptote Book Club. I’ve read only one other book by Ørstavik, The Blue Room, which I found quite extraordinary. Love is meant to be even better – apparently the newspaper Dagbladet placed it sixth in a list of the best Norwegian novels of the past quarter-century.
Or it might be time to delve into my collection of Virago Modern Classics. They keep staring at me from the bookshelves.
Or maybe it’s time to return to my Classics Club list which hasn’t received much attention of late. BothEdith Wharton and The Age of Innocence and Anthony Trollope and Framley Parsonage are calling to me.
I have a strong feeling that all of this speculation is futile since when the moment comes to pick the book off the shelf, my hand will reach for something completely different.
What do you need to know about me?
1. I'm from Wales which is one of the countries in the UK and must never be confused with England.
2. My life has always revolved around the written and spoken word. I worked as a journalist for nine years then in international corporate communications
3. My tastes in books are eclectic. I love realism and hate science fiction and science fantasy.
4. I am trying to broaden my reading horizons geographically by reading more books in translation