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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2006)

by John Boyne

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This is the story of a little 9 year old boy named Bruno. Bruno and his family have just moved to
"Out With" - away from their comfortable home in Berlin. Bruno is unhappy about the move, but because his father is not a "Commandment" in the Germany army, the family had no choice. Their new house is smaller than what Bruno and his sister, Gretel, are used to, and there are not many other houses around them.

When Bruno looks out his window, he sees a large fenced in area full of people all wearing Striped Pajamas. He doesn't know what they are all doing there. One day he goes for a walk along the border of the fence, and finds a little boy named Shmuel. The two of them start talking and Bruno starts to visit him every day. Bruno, who doesn't fully understand what the fence is for, and why the little boy cannot come and play, starts to become curious about life inside the camp. According to Shmuel, there are 100s of little boys in the camp, and Bruno - who has been wishing for playmates - asks Shmuel if he can come inside the fence and play.

This was a great, fast read. It was well written. Told from the point of view of a 9 year old boy that does not understand what is happening around him was a unique story telling style. He thought when his parents were says Auschwitz it was "Out with". He thought the Fuhrer was "The Fury". He could not put together what was happening around him - only that he was forced to move and now has a friend behind a fence that he cannot reach.

The ending is catastrophic and I did not see it coming. I encourage you to read this book, and take on yet another view of the Holocaust.
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
This is the story of a little 9 year old boy named Bruno. Bruno and his family have just moved to

"Out With" - away from their comfortable home in Berlin. Bruno is unhappy about the move, but because his father is not a "Commandment" in the Germany army, the family had no choice. Their new house is smaller than what Bruno and his sister, Gretel, are used to, and there are not many other houses around them.



When Bruno looks out his window, he sees a large fenced in area full of people all wearing Striped Pajamas. He doesn't know what they are all doing there. One day he goes for a walk along the border of the fence, and finds a little boy named Shmuel. The two of them start talking and Bruno starts to visit him every day. Bruno, who doesn't fully understand what the fence is for, and why the little boy cannot come and play, starts to become curious about life inside the camp. According to Shmuel, there are 100s of little boys in the camp, and Bruno - who has been wishing for playmates - asks Shmuel if he can come inside the fence and play.



This was a great, fast read. It was well written. Told from the point of view of a 9 year old boy that does not understand what is happening around him was a unique story telling style. He thought when his parents were says Auschwitz it was "Out with". He thought the Fuhrer was "The Fury". He could not put together what was happening around him - only that he was forced to move and now has a friend behind a fence that he cannot reach.



The ending is catastrophic and I did not see it coming. I encourage you to read this book, and take on yet another view of the Holocaust. ( )
  JenMat | Jan 10, 2019 |
Bruno and his family move to Auschwitz where his father is the commandant. Bruno is terribly unhappy until he finds a new friend, Shmuel, who lives the other side of the fence. Sad and terrible commentary on the horrors of Nazism seen through the eyes of a child. ( )
  AccyP | Dec 20, 2018 |
Sooo sad but so much meaning behind the words. ( )
  nu-bibliophile | Nov 30, 2018 |
Bruno must move with his family from a very nice home in the city of Berlin to a smaller home in the countryside in a place that he thinks is called Out-With. Bruno is nine years old and his father is a high-ranking officer in the German army during World War II. Bruno happens to be a rather naïve boy who doesn’t have any idea about what is happening at the camp located next to his new home. He does know that the people there all wear “striped pajamas”. But he doesn’t understand why they are in the camp or what they do there. Even to the end of the book, Bruno is still not very enlightened as to reality of the life in the concentration camp that was right outside his bedroom window.

This book does little for raising awareness about the horrible treatment of the Jewish people. It also does not address the atrocities suffered by those in the concentration camps. I understand that this is a book for the tween and YA reader who doesn’t need detailed exposure to these things. But I also think that the book was way too subtle in its attempts to show the differences between Bruno’s life outside the gates and Shmuel’s life on the inside. This book begs for more explanation than is given to the young reader.
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  Rdglady | Nov 20, 2018 |
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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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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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