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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2006)

by John Boyne

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    vvstokkom: Written from a point of view of a baker's daughter in Germany. If you liked The boy in the striped pyjama, you will love The Baker's Daughter.
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This is an amazing book, telling to story of the horrors of WWII through the eyes of a child. Amazingly, it manages to do so without being at all graphic. A child who does not know the story of the holocaust would see this book as a mystery; any adult will be filled with sadness. ( )
  martensgirl | Nov 13, 2014 |
I liked reading this book for a couple of reasons. The first aspect of the book I liked was the writing style. The author chose to write very simplistically. I think this helped the reader view the story/situation from the eyes and voice of Bruno, the 9-year-old boy. I think this helped make his character more relatable and allowed the reader to better understand his opinion. I also like that the character Bruno can be a mirror character for many readers as well as a window character. Bruno as a character gives the reader someone to relate to in addition to someone who pushes the reader to think about tougher topics. Many readers can relate to having to move, losing best friends, and missing aspects of an old house. However readers can see a life different from their own. A life where there is so much hatred, disdains, and disrespect for another culture. Bruno and Schmuel, the boy in the striped pajamas, give the reader a contrasting way to connect to the story. Finally, I like that this book forced the reader to think about a devastating and gruesome time period. Readers are often sheltered from holocaust books however this book presents the issues in a new angle. It gives the reader to think about what happened to those people that were affected by the actions of the Germans by presenting a different point of view in the form of a child. The big idea/message of this story shows the importance and desire for friendship. ( )
  EmilyBeer | Nov 11, 2014 |
The number of books I have read about the Holocaust can be counted on one hand, but those that I have read before this book has struck me significantly more than this one. I was unable to decide whether or not to give this book two or four stars, so I went for three. I will watch the movie as I've been told by many people that it's a very good film. ( )
  Tarklovishki | Oct 31, 2014 |
This is an unforgettable and a small wonder of a book. A Holocaust drama that explores the horror of WW11 seen through the eyes of Bruno, the eight year old son of the commandant at a concentration camp called “Out With” and of a Jewish inmate of the same age called Shmuel.

The strength is in the narrative which mires the preoccupations of child’s curiosity and interest in the high-wired compound inhabited by sad people in striped pyjamas. It is an effortless read that puts us directly into Bruno’s and Shmuel’s worldview.

Bruno is an explorer by heart and after doing so around the house he decides to do some of the area. After an hour or so he discovers Shmuel, a boy behind the fence in the camp. They start to talk about their life and every day they meet at the same spot. Till one day, Shmuel’s father goes missing and Bruno wants to help his friend find him. He changes into the striped pyjamas, climbs under the fence and explores Shmuel’s world……

This fabrication of the author’s imagination is elegantly written and very moving. Although not particularly graphic or dark it will nevertheless leave a deep impact in any reader’s minds. Mr. Boyne is a master in depicting the setting and capturing the character’s emotions. The style is meant for the eyes of Young people therefore it may seem a bit simplistic for grown-ups, so with this in mind be prepare to read a sanitised version of the period, one with little historical significance and enjoy it for what it is. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Oct 15, 2014 |
A childrens story with the power to captivate all ages, John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas offers a vivid portrayal of innocence in a time of guilt, and a haunting depiction of man’s cruelty to man.

Nine year old Bruno has no idea why his family has been uprooted from its comfortable Berlin home. With the innocent self-absorption of childhood, he mourns the loss of friends and comfort without seeing the truth behind the wire. Strangers in striped pajamas must surely play with their friends, he supposes, while he stands rigidly governed and alone. But truth is stranger than Bruno sees.

The convincingly childlike narration presents historical reality with that same protective layer of separation offered by the curious narrator of Zusak's The Book Thief. Older readers are quickly drawn into guessing and knowing what's to come, while younger readers will follow a fascinating tale of mystery and friendship.

Beautifully told, hauntingly honest, and scarily true, this is a novel for children to grow by and adults to remember, long after the last page is turned or the movie viewed. "Nothing like that could ever happen again," or so we wish. If we learn our lessons well, and read books like this with our children, we just might become aware enough to make that statement true.

Disclosure: My sister in law knew I would love this book. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Oct 7, 2014 |
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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)
Starred Review. "While only hinting at violence, blind hatred, and deplorable conditions, Boyne has included pointed examples of bullying and fearfulness. His combination of strong characterization and simple, honest narrative make this powerful and memorable tale a unique addition to Holocaust literature for those who already have some knowledge of Hitlers Final Solution." Ages 12+.
added by cvosshans | editBookBrowse, School Library Journal - Susan Scheps

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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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