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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas By John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
 By John Boyne
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“Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank.” —USA Today
 
Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance.
 
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.


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Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #774 in Books
  • Brand: Ember
  • Published on: 2007-10-23
  • Released on: 2007-10-23
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 8.25" h x .50" w x 5.56" l, .40 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 215 pages
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
    3It's an okay book
    By Al
    Written by John Boyne, the author of “This House is Haunted” and “A History of Loneliness.” The boy in the Striped Pajamas is about a boy named Bruno, who moves from Berlin, Germany to a town called Outwith. There he meets a Jewish boy named Shmuel who is tapped behind a barbed wire fenced. As Bruno starts to question why he is not allowed over there leads him to his tragic fate. Irish independent describes this as “A book so simple, so seemingly effortless that it’s almost perfect.” Followed by the Oxford Times (U.K) mentions this book as “A memorable and moving story.” John Boyne is a notable author who received awards such as Bistro Book of The year and the 2012 Henessy Literary Awards Hall of Fame. This book has been compared to “The Book Thief” because they both take place of the time of World War 2 and they share the devastating truth of the past. In 2008 the book became a theater production and earned $40.4 million in box office.The recommended reading age is 12 year and older because of the World War 2 content. I would recommend reading this book because it helps educate the harsh times of World War 2 and how many innocent lives were taken unfairly from them. Despite many of the positive reviews for this book, I don’t agree that this book was as good as they say it is because I find this book wasn’t consisted on including enough detail in some parts of the book. “Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go” this is the part in the book where (*spoiler*) Bruno and Shmuel die and the author doesn’t do a great job of explaining how they suddenly died but instead it states that they held hands and it went pitch black. Someone who’s unfamiliar with World War 2 wouldn’t know how they died and it leaves them hanging but someone with prior knowledge of the war would know that they tragically died in a gas chamber. Although some parts of the book lacked detail, some parts did an admirable job of keeping the reader interested in the book, “This time when his eyes opened wide and his hands stayed by his sides because something made him seem very cold and unsafe.” In this particular section, Bruno is surprised to see people for the first time in Outwith and way they live on the opposite side of the fence. My overall opinions of the book are that this book isn’t perfect or memorable like the reviewers were saying because that makes it sound a bit overrated. On the hand this book isn’t a terrible book and it has values and morals many can benefit from them.

    0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
    4I also thought how much the Jews were hated, by both children who had been taught to ...
    By Kara McKenzie, Author
    I felt this book moved quickly and was a very compelling read. I've read many books on the Holocaust and though difficult material, I believe it is important to remember this period in history so that it won't be repeated. I think it was an interesting perspective told through the eyes of a young child who had been sheltered from much of the truth of the times. The twist at the end left a raw, sick feeling inside me, which I believe was exactly how it should have ended.

    I did feel there were a few details that seemed unbelievable. I wouldn't have thought that the Jewish boy would have been able to leave the camp to spend so much time with Bruno and this kept popping into the back of my mind as I read. I think the parents would have noticed his long absences or one of the servants would have. At times, I wondered at Bruno's naivety and wished his character could have grown in his sympathy and understanding of his friend a little more as the story progressed, although he did have some breakthroughs at times. I also thought how much the Jews were hated, by both children who had been taught to hate them and adults, yet Bruno didn't seem to understand any of this.

    Overall, I did think this story was thought-provoking and worth the read. It surely could lead to some worthwhile discussions with children about why it's so important not to try to silence those with different opinions and belief systems than our own. This book is a good catalyst for this.

    0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
    5A profound and heartbreaking view on the Second World War from innocent and naive eyes.
    By Christina de Vries
    The Writing:

    This story is written from the perspective of a nine year old boy and Boyne did that really well. The voice was very innocent and convincing. The way he explained the surroundings and happenings throughout the book was very well written and made it easy to mentally paint a picture of it all.

    The Characters:

    I really enjoyed Bruno as a character and the innocence of his voice. The way he sees what’s going on around him without understanding that there’s actually a war going on.
    I also really enjoyed seeing the other family members through Bruno’s eyes, and especially his frustration with the older sister.
    There are some other characters that really show the faces of both side of the war, but I wont say anything more about them, so that I don’t spoil the plot.

    The Plot:

    I flew through this book, not because the pace was so fast but because the story was very captivating and interesting.
    Even thought there were no very surprising plot twists it did had a nice build up, was very emotional and had a satisfiable ending.

    Additional Thoughts:

    I’m a sucker for historical fiction (and non-fiction), and especially the ones that revolve around World War II. I remember reading The Diary of Anne Frank as a little girl and it was one of those stories that grabbed such a strong hold on me that I’m still under its grip. It sparked my interest for reading and for knowing more about the war.
    I think this book could definitely inspire other young readers to do the same.
    A profound and heartbreaking view on the Second World War from innocent and naive eyes.

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