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by Thomas Keneally

  • ISBN: 0006153771
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Thomas Keneally
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Fontana (1979)
  • ePub book: 1358 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1405 kb
  • Other: mbr lrf docx lit
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 852

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I’ll tell you what, one of the survivors was saying above catcalls. It could of been serious, but by Christ it was funny at the time.

Those familiar with Antarctic affairs will notice that liberties have been taken for the sake of this fiction. On the domestic scene, the Antarctic Division, even in the days when it was an agency of the Department of External Affairs, had no Sydney office. I’ll tell you what, one of the survivors was saying above catcalls. You know what the bastard said when we came to a stop? The car’s on an angle of forty-five and the windshield’s gone and he leans back and says, ‘Well, that’s about as far as we’ll get tonight,’ and he goes to sleep.

Home Thomas Keneally The Survivor. Pardon us. Fine weather is expected at the digging site. Alec felt immediate constrictions in his throat and belly; in this way paying for the spaciousness of earlier that morning.

Thomas Michael Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is a prolific Australian novelist, playwright, and essayist

Thomas Michael Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is a prolific Australian novelist, playwright, and essayist. He is best known for his non-fiction novel Schindler's Ark, the story of Oskar Schindler's rescue of Jews during the Holocaust, which won the Booker Prize in 1982. The book would later be adapted into director Steven Spielberg's 1993 film Schindler's List, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. But Barbara was telling us you’ve had some nasty turns, the lady persisted. Eric Kable raised joined hands a little from his stomach in a sort of antiphonal concern. Nothing symptomatic of decline, Ramsey told them.

Keneally was known as "Mick" until 1964 but began using the name Thomas when he started publishing, after advice from his publisher to use what was really his first name

Keneally was known as "Mick" until 1964 but began using the name Thomas when he started publishing, after advice from his publisher to use what was really his first name. He is most famous for his Schindler's Ark (1982) (later republished as Schindler's List), which won the Booker Prize and is the basis of the film Schindler's List (1993).

On the domestic scene, the Antarctic Division, even in the days when it was an agency of the Department of External Affairs, had no Sydney office.

On the domestic scene, the Antarctic Division, even in the days when it was an agency of the Department of External Affairs, had no Sydney office ties should have discovered the Usarp Mountains, which were not in fact located until 1960. Nothing would have been achieved by forestalling fictionally the United States traverse party that made the discovery. The characters of Leeming and Ramsey are not based on those of any historic Antarctic journeyers.

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Keneally has also written a children's book and a screenplay. He has won international acclaim for his novels, including Schindler's List, the basis for the Steven Spielberg film and winner of the Booker Prize, and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith.

An enthralling, profoundly affecting novel of guilt, perception, and endurance, The Survivor is a gripping story from award-winning author Thomas Keneally.

A professor at an Australian university, Alec Ramsey has lived an eventful life, much of which he is reluctant to discuss. An enthralling, profoundly affecting novel of guilt, perception, and endurance, The Survivor is a gripping story from award-winning author Thomas Keneally. Intriguing and intelligent, it is a masterful fictional journey through the complex labyrinth of the human heart and psyche. Fiction Psychological Historical. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. How do I upload a book?

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The book’s existence as something of a y serves the needs of Young Adult Readers in two very important ways. Rather than dispassionately seek the stark facts of The Holocaust and those who resisted it, readers are able to pathetically experience the suffering and moral conflict.

Comments

Onath Onath
Was not what I expected and thus was disappointr
Dagdalas Dagdalas
The Survivor (1969) is an interesting early work from Schindler’s Ark author Thomas Keneally about Alec Ramsey, an aging former polar explorer who finds out that the body of his expedition’s leader, Stephen Leeming, may have been found in the Antarctic. This disturbs him and he spends much of the novel fretting about it and then discouraging retrieval of the body. Apparently, there are secrets buried with Leeming’s body, or at least that’s what we are led to believe.

Ramsey is frankly a jerk who at the book’s start insults his hosts at a Rotarian dinner where he was invited to speak, and near the end insults the American military types who had discovered Leeming’s body and have behaved very decently about what to do with it. Ramsey is difficult to sympathize with and his truculence fairly tiresome.

To me the best parts of the book were those set in the academic environment Ramsey occupies (he’s a professor at a branch university). There is an especially great scene of a faculty party where the guest of honor, a famous poet, shows up drunk and randy. The concluding scenes, in the Antarctic as Leeming’s body is being retrieved, give the book a dramatic wind-up, complete with a few surprises and twists, but to me Ramsey’s relative unlikeability marred my enjoyment of the book.
hulk hulk
I really like Thomas Keneally's work, but unfortunately The Survivor does not rank among my favourites. In the Epilogue of The Survivor, on the fourth last page, Alec Ramsey (the protagonist) receives a postcard which concludes with "... one day I'd like you to try to explain what it was all about." I felt the same - what was that all about? Clearly a massive guilt trip, all sorts of hysteria, obsession and copious overtones of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Set against a background of provincial university life and misadventures on the great white continent, all this is then intertwined with lashings of Catholic liturgy. Keneally loves to dabble in Catholic sacraments and beliefs, which sometimes leaves non-Catholic readers struggling for comprehension. I think I get the gist of the imagery - last supper, consecration of bread and wine, sacred relics released from the glacier, even the `mystic' body ascending heavenwards - but can't be sure of the nuances. All over, well written and some interesting character studies - but it does seem an overblown exposé of survivor-guilt.
Saberdragon Saberdragon
One of the most perplexing novels I've read recently, "The Survivor" tells the story of a man who, forty years earlier, endured a doomed Antarctic expedition.
Alec Ramsey, the survivor, is sheltered in his professorial position at an Australian university, dealing with the daily squabbling among a variety of academic misfits (and their territorial spouses and lovers). Ramsey's lifelong guilt about surviving the trip is amplified by the fact that he slept with Belle Leeming, the wife of the leader of the expedition; his memories are haunted by the details of Stephen Leeming's death; and his equilibrium is unsettled by the news that Leeming's body has been discovered in the glacial ice. Although Ramsey acts like a man with a dark secret, it's unclear how much of his recollection is a result of post-traumatic stress and how much really happened.
Nearing the end of his life, Ramsey is haunted by his past and afraid of having his memories challenged; he fears "a change in the essence of his life, a change as absolute as death." He has lived with his nightmares for so long that he doesn't want them minimized or publicized by the grotesque charade that will inevitably result when the body is exhumed. Nevertheless, by the end of the book, as Leeming's experience is subjected to increased scrutiny, the reader (as one of the minor characters puts it) is not quite sure "what it was all about."
But Leeming's plight is only half the story; the other half is an extremely witty parade of academic caricatures (auguring the works of David Lodge) that lightens the seriousness of Ramsey's burden. Combined with Ramsey's self-mocking reflections, the tone of the book is both poignant and cynical without ever being depressing.
Given the success of Keneally's "Schindler's Ark" (the basis for "Schindler's List"), as well as his numerous literary awards, it's baffling and sad that this thought-provoking and pleasing book is out of print.