Tom Keneally Watch #3


Colin Giesbrecht, on the "Multroneous" weblog, on the role of the narrator in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith: "Thomas Keneally's novel, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, like Marguerite Duras' The Lover, has a problematic narrator, but it is still a good story, and there are a few things which exonerate it to some extent. The problem is whether Keneally, who is white, has the right to tell a story from the point of view of, or on behalf of, an Aborigine, as he does in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith. Addressing this problem is not a straightforward task. It is apparent that any non-Aborigine, especially a white person, who criticises Keneally risks hypocrisy, because in doing so that person also presumes to speak on behalf of Aborigines."

Short Notices

The Bored and Loud weblog on Schindler's Ark: " was only a few weeks ago when I finally got a copy of the book from a friend...I started it immediately and found it oddly easy to read -- I expected complicated vocabulary and structure, but it was very easy to follow. I cannot remember how it compares to the movie, but the book is fantastic in it's own right and I can see how well it converted to a movie."


A Schindler list survivor recalls Oskar Schindler. And it appears that Schindler's factory is to be turned into a museum.
Kyle Martinak discovers the film version of "Schindler's List" in the "Western Oregon Journal".
The "Wet Casements" weblog looks at General Daniel Sickles, subject of American Scoundrel.
Anne Hopper reviews a production of "Our Country's Good", the play by Timberlake Wertenbaker, based on Keneally's novel The Playmaker.

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