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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2006)

by John Boyne

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What does the cover really mean? The cover stands for the Jewish people that were forced into concentration camps and were treated very pourly. The book itself is about a kid named Bruno. He was a kid that had only known about living in Berlin. Bruno moves to a house where you can see Auschwitz from inside the walls of his own house. One day Bruno decided to go exploring. That one day he met a boy on the other side of the fence named Shmuel. Bruno knew Shmuel for more than a year before they devised a plan so that they could actually be able to walk around with eachother. The next day Bruno had Shmuel get some pajamas for Bruno so that he outd blend in with the other Jews. Bruno and Shmuel both died with eachother. They were in a gas chamber at Auschwitz. Accordingly nag to the book they were holding hands even after they'd passed.

Why would you read this book? I would read this book because it really shows you the hardship that millions had to go through. This book is very sad at some parts if you imagine how the people in that situation felt and what they were thinking. It is very informative about the things that would happen daily such as the men having to work so that them and their families wouldn't die. This book can really show the importance of having friends. Even though thy never were able to play and run around with eachother they were still very close and very friendly to one another. That's why I would recommend this to specifically people within their teens and twenties. ( )
  EthanLG1 | May 7, 2017 |
Bruno is a nine-year-old German boy who lived in Germany until his father was reassigned to “Out-With” by the “Fury.” Bruno is bored there and does not like his new home so he begins exploring his new surroundings. He is confused about the people on the other side of the fence near his house because they wear striped pajamas and seem sad. He becomes friends with a boy on the other side of the fence and they meet daily to talk about their lives until something tragic happens. ( )
  jenn88 | Apr 25, 2017 |
Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school, he realizes that his belongings are being packed. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house where there is no one to play with. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance. However, he soon finds a way while exploring and meets a little boy who seems to be in “striped pajamas”
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This book is one of my many favorites. It shows the heart that children have as well as the hatred that was going on during this time.
1. Have the children compare Bruno and Shmuel
2. Have the children compare the book to the movie
  caitlynf | Mar 26, 2017 |
This was one of those Wow books that you read now and again. I was lucky enough to read it as a proof and then had the pleasure of taking John on some school visits when the book came out. When I started to analyse the story I felt that there were some elements that did not convince me; such as how the two boys managed to meet in secret, in such an environment. However I think that as with all good stories, if you suspend your disbelief then it really is an incredibly chilling story of man's inhumanity to man. ( )
  MargaretPemberton | Feb 19, 2017 |
Bruno is a nine-year-old boy who lives with his parents and sister in Berlin during World War II. Bruno doesn't understand why the servants must now call his father "Commandant" and why his family must move away from their friends and home in Berlin after "The Fury" has visited their home. In his new home at "Out-With," Bruno has no friends to play with, and when he looks out the window of his bedroom, there is a wire fence as far as he can see. On the other side of the fence, everyone seems to wear striped pajamas. One day, a lonely and bored Bruno explores the perimeter of the fence and meets his new best friend, Shmuel, who lives on the other side.

I bought this book several years ago, thinking one of my sons would read it, but they seemed to have no interest. Several weeks ago, my younger son came home from school and told me that he was reading a really good book that his teacher told him about - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I thought that I should probably read it so that we could discuss it.

The book is very simplistically written as for a late elementary or early middle-grader, but I'm not sure that someone at that age would understand some of the nuances of the story. The book has a dark twist at the end which one who is not familiar with what happened in the Nazi concentration camps might miss. I did notice on Amazon that the book was for Grade 9 and up. I think adults will probably grasp the point the author was trying to make with this "fable" more than the children for whom it was written.

Of course, as a nine-year-old boy, Bruno is very naive and innocent. I do wonder whether the son of a Nazi concentration camp commandant would be ignorant about who the Jews were; I tend to think that someone who is obviously that high in the Nazi party would have been very vituperative towards the Jews and would have made sure that his children were given that message. Bruno seems more like a four or five-year-old from that standpoint than a nine-year-old.

The other thing that bothered me a little is that Bruno calls Auschwitz "Out-With." As someone who speaks a little German, "Out-With" would translate back into German as "aus mit" which would not be mistaken for Auschwitz. I do not see how a German hearing Auschwitz could think aus mit. This is a minor point, but one that bugs me, nonetheless.

I was expecting the book to be a sad one but instead found the ending very haunting. I'm very glad that I read it and I certainly understood the point the author was making. I cannot say that I "enjoyed" reading it, but it was an exceptional and powerful book, and I think the ending will stay with me always. ( )
  rretzler | Feb 3, 2017 |
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"Powerful and unsettling.......As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank."
added by cvosshans | editUSA Today (Sep 24, 2009)
"Deeply affecting......Beautiful and sparely written"
added by cvosshans | editThe Wall Street Journal (Sep 24, 2009)
added by ianreads | editThe Guardian, Kathryn Hughes (Jan 21, 2006)
Aunque el uso habitual de un texto como éste es describir las características de la obra, por una vez nos tomaremos la libertad de hacer una excepción a la norma establecida. No sólo porque el libro que tienes en tus manos es muy difícil de definir, sino porque estamos convencidos de que explicar su contenido estropearía la experiencia de la lectura. Creemos que es importante empezar esta novela sin saber de qué trata. No obstante, si decides embarcarte en la aventura, debes saber que acompañarás a Bruno, un niño de nueve años, cuando se muda con su familia a una casa junto a una cerca. Cercas como ésa existen en muchos sitios del mundo, sólo deseamos que no te encuentres nunca con una. Por último, cabe aclarar que este libro no es sólo para adultos; también lo pueden leer, y sería recomendable que lo hicieran, niños a partir de los trece años de edad.
added by Pakoniet | editLecturalia
Escolhi ler este livro porque consegue abordar a época Nazi de uma forma simples, não deixando, no entanto, de ser cruel e realista. Foca a inocência de duas crianças, que apesar de pertencerem a culturas diferentes, conseguem viver uma amizade inocente num mundo ignorante. Recomendo-o pois ele consegue transmitir que somos todos seres humanos e que devemos ser respeitados independentemente dos nossos ideias, costumes e cultura, porque se não o fizermos podemos magoar quem realmente amamos.


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One afternoon, when Bruno came home from school, he was surprised to find Maria, the family's maid--who always kept her head bowed and never looked up from the carpet--standing in his bedroom, pulling all his belongings out of the wardrobe and packing them in four large wooden crates, even the things he'd hidden at the back that belonged to him and were nobody else's business.
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This work was set in 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 from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But, Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than what meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is now a major motion picture (releasing in November 2008). Enjoy these images from the film, and click the thumbnails to see a larger image in a new browser window.

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Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

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