Keneally, Thomas

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The Book of Science and Antiquities

Fans of Keneally’s work will find some gems here, but they will have to dig for them. [See Prepub Alert, 5/20/19.]

Crimes of the Father

Through the mind of his aggrieved and conflicted protagonist, Keneally pens an unflinching meditation on the ways in which canonical scripture, sacred tradition, and human conscience often coalesce to distort basic moral truths. [See Prepub Alert, 5/15/17.]

Napoleon's Last Island

Evidently based on true accounts, the novel as told by Betsy has accurately reproduced the diction of a 19th-century writer, which occasionally slows the pace of this engaging work by well-known Australian author Keneally (Confederates; Schindler's List). [See Prepub Alert, 4/25/16.]

Shame and the Captives

The leisurely narrative gains force as it progresses. A fascinating aspect is the author's treatment of the psychology of prisoners and their keepers, capped by Major Suttor's conclusion that "the captors are prisoners too." Highly recommended to all who appreciate a historical work told with great perception and insight. [See Prepub Alert, 8/8/14.]

The Daughters of Mars

Keneally must have done copious research, but historical details and information about wartime medical treatment are presented organically, without the weight of historical retrospection. His ambiguous ending helps the reader bear the unbearable. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 1/6/13.]

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