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A Family Madness

A Family Madness The fatal and desperate politics of Eastern Europe collide with the comparative innocence and complacency of suburban Australian life in this powerful and disturbing love story about two families and

  • Title: A Family Madness
  • Author: Thomas Keneally
  • ISBN: 9780671885120
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • The fatal and desperate politics of Eastern Europe collide with the comparative innocence and complacency of suburban Australian life in this powerful and disturbing love story about two families and the madness that invades their lives.Terry Delaney leads a relatively satisfying life as a security guard and as a passionate rugby player with a shot at pro team success ButThe fatal and desperate politics of Eastern Europe collide with the comparative innocence and complacency of suburban Australian life in this powerful and disturbing love story about two families and the madness that invades their lives.Terry Delaney leads a relatively satisfying life as a security guard and as a passionate rugby player with a shot at pro team success But Terry s life is shaken beyond recognition when he falls obsessively in love with Danielle Kabbel, the daughter of his employer, Rudi Kabbel Rudi, a half mad half charming immigrant from Eastern Europe, suffers from visions of an impending apocalypse and from the demons of a tormented childhood.The family madness runs deep, from the Kabbel family patriarch, Stanek, a Nazi collaborator who betrayed his wife to save his own neck, to Rudi s traumatic childhood in which he was a pawn between the Nazis and the Russians It is into this maelstrom of devastating history and present day insanity that Terry is drawn to his own desperate peril.

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    1. Thomas Keneally

      Thomas Michael Keneally, AO born 7 October 1935 is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non fiction He is best known for writing Schindler s Ark, the Booker Prize winning novel of 1982, which was inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor The book would later be adapted to Steven Spielberg s Schindler s List 1993 , which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.Often published under the name Tom Keneally in Australia.Life and Career Born in Sydney, Keneally was educated at St Patrick s College, Strathfield, where a writing prize was named after him He entered St Patrick s Seminary, Manly to train as a Catholic priest but left before his ordination He worked as a Sydney schoolteacher before his success as a novelist, and he was a lecturer at the University of New England 1968 70 He has also written screenplays, memoirs and non fiction books.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 Many of his novels are reworkings of historical material, although modern in their psychology and style.Keneally has also acted in a handful of films He had a small role in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith based on his novel and played Father Marshall in the Fred Schepisi movie, The Devil s Playground 1976 not to be confused with a similarly titled documentary by Lucy Walker about the Amish rite of passage called rumspringa.In 1983, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia AO He is an Australian Living Treasure.He is a strong advocate of the Australian republic, meaning the severing of all ties with the British monarchy, and published a book on the subject in Our Republic 1993 Several of his Republican essays appear on the web site of the Australian Republican Movement.Keneally is a keen supporter of rugby league football, in particular the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles club of the NRL He made an appearance in the rugby league drama film The Final Winter 2007.In March 2009, the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, gave an autographed copy of Keneally s Lincoln biography to President Barack Obama as a state gift.Most recently Thomas Keneally featured as a writer in the critically acclaimed Australian drama, Our Sunburnt Country.Thomas Keneally s nephew Ben is married to the former NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally.

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    1. In this book Second World War Eastern European Belarusan nationalism meets Australian league rugby and suburban angst.The portrayal of the obscure self-justifying struggles of Belarusan nationalists, cooperating with the Nazis and the Soviets, trying to carve out their own nation, casually dismissing their participation in the slaughter of Jews (that's my family they are talking about. my recent Jewish ancestors lived in Belarus and many were killed there by Nazis, probably aided by Belarusan na [...]


    2. Borrowed book from a friend while on holiday as I ran out of reading material. The book reads like two, or possibly three books squeezed into one, as though Keneally threw the basis of what 'could have been' into a mish mash of unrelated narratives. I found the format distracting which did not allow the full development of the underlying themes. I'm still struggling to understand what a rugby league player in '80s NSW has to do with destructive politics & powers of WWII. The only saving grac [...]


    3. This taut and gripping novel delves into the warped politics of Nazi collaboration during WWII, juxtaposed with 1980s Australia, both narrative tracks marking the obsessions of love and vengeance. The characters are alive on the page, each voice distinct, and I'd categorize its tone as literary over cinematic. Don't seek anything that might give the plot away--just read the novel and appreciate its author's fine craft.


    4. I mistakenly grabbed this off the library shelf thinking it was set in Kempsey (A River Town). It was not. However, Keneally explores in this novel, the effects of history, specifically the violent history of Belorussia during World War II, on our historical present, specifically suburban Sydney. As in his far more famous Schindler's List, no one is completely good or evil; there are admirable Nazis and detestable police men.


    5. Another winner from down under by Thomas Keneally. There were more switchbacks than on the Hwy 211 or Albee Creek road from the Albee Creek campground to Cape Mendicino on the Pacific Ocean. It's complicated, but I enjoyed both rides.


    6. Keneally has a particular gift for making history personal (and mightily compelling). This novel switches back-and-forth between present-day Australia and World War II Belarus. The Belarussian struggle for independence may not sound like a fountain of inspiration, but in Keneally's hands it's the stuff of grand drama and intense personal revelation. The lines between hero and madmen, patriot and fool, constantly get smudged. The novel was written before the collapse of the Soviet Union, and know [...]



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