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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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Painfully bad ( )
  lunule | Aug 22, 2014 |
Clumsily written, unbelievable cardboard characters, boring dialogue, jarring POV changes and grammatical errors. This reads like a first draft and a poor one at that. I never got brought into the story because the characters were so unidentifiable.

To top it all off we have an author who somehow thinks that 9 and 12 year old German children would somehow mishear and be unable to pronounce simple two-syllable German words. A four-year old could pronounce them correctly: I checked, she got it first try and she only speaks English. I understand that it was for the sake of the surprise - hey, they're at Auschwitz! Spoiler! - but when plot devices like this are predicated upon the total inanity that German children would mis-pronounce German words as a meaningless collection of English words in a pun that only makes sense in English, it completely undermines any remaining authenticity in the story. I lost total respect for the author at that point.

As to the subject matter really anyone who has read an account from a Holocaust survivor should be able to tell that this book is filled with inaccurate, unresearched tripe. It's embarrassing that a published author would allow this to happen. Fact-checking should be fastidious for the tiniest detail let alone historical events, people and places of magnitude. It seems the author has called this a 'fable' so he could eschew fact-checking completely and get away with it.

There's a particularly good treatment on that here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/646557556?book_show_action=false&page=1

I rarely stop reading books part-way through but this one made me walk out on it. ( )
  themus | Aug 2, 2014 |
I loved this book! It is the story of two young boys one on each side of the war. The father of the German boy suffers the tragic consequences of his alliance. ( )
  frenchmama | Jul 23, 2014 |
This is a historical fiction book that takes place during WWII in Germany. Bruno is a the son of a Nazi Commander and his family has just moved to a place outside of a concentration camp called Auschwitz. As Bruno explores his new home he wonders through the woods where he meets a little boy, Shmuel, on the other side of a fence wearing stripped pajamas. Bruno is curious as to why there are so many people on the other side of the fence than on his side. Shmuel tries to explain it to Bruno, but neither boy really understands. Shmuel and Bruno become friends and Bruno is always taking food and other little items to Shmuel. One day when Bruno goes to visit Shmuel, Shmuel is worried because he hasn't been able to find his dad. Bruno volunteers to help him find his dad and crawls under the fence. Ultimately, the ending is filled with grief and sadness. ( )
  natalie.loy | Jun 4, 2014 |
'A small wonder of a book... A particular moment, one that cannot be told too often" Guardian ( )
  paulo.bilyk | May 27, 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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