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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (original 2006; edition 2007)

by John Boyne

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Title:The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Authors:John Boyne
Info:Ember (2007), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:holocaust, Auschwitz, friendship, historical fiction

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

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This is a must read for multiple types of readers ranging from historians, Jewish culturists, students, teachers, to anybody who likes history and good writing. As indicated from the previous statement, I am a fanatic of this book. I read it in probably like 7th grade and the story has stuck with me. The story is about an eight-year-old boy named Bruno. His dad is a Nazi commander in charge of one of the concentration camps outside of Berlin. It takes a while for Bruno to get used to his new surroundings at the camp; when he finally becomes aware of his surroundings he strolls around and circles the perimeter of a huge barb wire fence. At a section of the fence, he finds another young boy wearing "striped-pajamas"; the only exception of the circumstances is the boy is on the inside of the fence. At this point Bruno doesn't realize Shmuel, the young boy on the inside of the fence, is a prisoner of the Holocaust. The rest of the book follows the adventures the two have. The story ends on a very sad note; Bruno sneaks into the camp and dresses like a prisoner in order to be with his friend. At that time the camp calls for people to go to the "showers" and Bruno comply. We know from a historical standpoint he is about to die, and he does.
I think this book is so good partly because of my fascination with history. Since I was a young boy, I have researched and read countless books on World War II. Additionally, I am Jewish and as a way to understand my cultures history, my mom told to me read this book. I am glad she referred it to me because it is amazing. The book itself is extremely somber and heart-wrenching. Even though it is fiction, the book contains so much truth that you can't help but feel for Bruno. Lastly, the morals contained in the book set it apart from the plethora of other books. It shows that at such a young age child are naive and not in a bad way. They can't be racist and discriminatory; they only have compassion in their hearts. I would recommend this book to anyone. ( )
  mberoza18 | Oct 27, 2016 |
Believe it or not, this was my first reading of this book. It's poignant and its sad. I will debate the history of young boys still being kept alive in concentration camps......but it's also accurate in that youngsters often don't understand the differences and the world around them. I have no desire to see the movie however. This was as far as I would go with the story. It's a great discussion piece on many fronts.
  Gabrielle_Stoller | Oct 25, 2016 |
This is the innocent story of Bruno son of a Nazi commander, they move from Berlin to run the Auschwitz POW camp.
Bruno is bored but soon after exploring the area he meets a young boy called Shmuel who just happens to live on the other side of the fence.
Bruno doesn't understand about Jews and Nazis he just wants a boy his own age he can play with.
He thinks all the prisoners wear pyjamas.

Spoiler alert

On Bruno's last day before he moves back to Berlin he volunteers to help Shmuel locate his missing father he climbs under the fence but Bruno and Shmuel are rounded up and marched to the Gas chamber.

Sad but powerful beautifully written book. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Sep 12, 2016 |
A very quick read that somehow sucks the reader in and make them deeply invested in the characters even though they are never really fleshed out well (aside from the main character and his sister). The ending, as expected, was heart-wrenching, but the circumstances of the ending was completely unexpected. ( )
1 vote benuathanasia | Aug 11, 2016 |
This was a great read, although a sad one. It's about a nine-year-old German boy named Bruno, who is unaware of everything going on in his country during World War II, and the Holocaust. His father gets a new job and they move to another part of Germany to a place he pronounces as Out-With, although the reader knows it as Auschwitz, the concentration camp, where millions of Jews were murdered. He sees the people in striped pajamas outside of his bedroom window, and wonders why they are there. He eventually meets a Jewish boy on the other side of the fence named Schmuel, and they become the best of friends. I know this story is a work of historical fiction, but I don't know if it is believable that a nine-year-old boy would be so naive as to not know what is going on outside of his window. ( )
  amyghilton | Jul 27, 2016 |
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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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