The chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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Viking Press, Aug 4, 1972 - Fiction - 178 pages
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The extraordinary Booker Prize shortlisted story of a black man's revenge against an unjust and intolerant society. Thomas Keneally was born in Sydney Australia in 1935. He studied to be a Catholic priest but abandoned his vocation to take up teaching and writing. He is the author of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction including "Schindlers Ark" which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was made into a successful film.

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Typical white hating liberal viewpoint, in which perceived slights are license to wantonly kill innocent people, including babies. The movie, if you watch it critically, makes it clear that the JImmie character was not a "noble" aborigine, but a not-very-smart child man who doesn't quite fit in to the white society he aspires to join and eventually erupts into a murderous killing spree. I may be in the minority, but I didn't identify or sympathize with the childish and impulsive Jimmie and was rooting for the white "oppressors" to catch him and bring him to a well-deserve justice. 

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I've changed my star rating to four, and I think I might up it some more. I'm about half-way in and the novel gets better and better. Wonderful insights and a riveting story. Now I'm finished. Brilliant. Masterful storytelling. Read full review


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Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1935, Thomas Keneally was educated at various schools on the New South Wales north coast. Although he initially studied for the Catholic priesthood, he abandoned that idea in 1960, turning to teaching and clerical work before writing and publishing his first novel, The Place at Whitton, in 1964. Since that time Keneally has been a full-time writer, aside from the occasional stint as a lecturer or writer-in-residence. Considered one of the most successful modern Australian writers of all time, Keneally wrote more than a dozen novels before publishing the story that became his most controversial, but best-known and most influential, to date. Published in 1982, Schindler's Ark, the story of a man, Oskar Schindler, who risked his life to protect beleaguered Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland was considered by some to be a work of journalistic reporting. Eleven years later, Stephen Spielberg adapted Keneally's book into the hugely successful, yet visibly disturbing, film, Schindler's List. Other books written by Keneally include Gossip from the Forest, A Dutiful Daughter, A River Town, and By the Line. Keneally has also written a children's book and a screenplay. In 1983, Thomas Keneally was awarded the order of Australia for his services to Australian Literature. 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.

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