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

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I am so very sad right now. ( )
  dkgarner95 | Jul 29, 2015 |
This one was a book that was ruined by my own expectations. I initially thought that the focus of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was going to be... well, the boy in the striped pajamas. But in the end, this book is actually more about the life of a wealthy boy and his trifle problems and how he got to meet the boy in the concentration camps. I personally wasn't bothered about most of the things other people criticized in this book: the lack of historical accuracy, the annoying characters, the writing style etc. I was bothered with the lack of scenes depicting how that friendship was formed. I did enjoy the ending though.
Anyway, I didn't find this book particularly bad, I was just expecting too much from it. ( )
  aryadeschain | Jul 24, 2015 |
An emotional roller coaster that conjured feelings of anger, hatred and disgust as I read it but also hope, sympathy and the odd moment of joy. A young naive German boy called Bruno who has been raised in an upperclass military household is moved to a concentration camp when his father is promoted to be in its charge. Not far from his house sits a large fence that holds the prisoners and there he watches them wander around miserably in their 'striped pyjamas'.

Having a knowledge of this part of history forces you to have an immediate opinion on every character based entirely on there race. It is hard to imagine a good German running a prisoner camp but Bruno does not really seem to know what is going on. As a nine year old I believe he should have been able to pick up on a bit more but maybe the lesson is that being sheltered and kept in the dark about the true state of the humanity you are part of is a very dangerous thing.

Setting out to explore his surroundings he meets a boy the same age on the other side of the face and they begin to form a friendship based on the things all kids that age have in common. To say anymore would be to steal something from the reader. ( )
  areadingmachine | Jul 6, 2015 |
This is heart wrenching story about a young boy named Bruno whose father is a Commander at a concentration camp. Bruno ends up making friends with another young boy who is actually in the concentration camp. The boys would always meet up at a wire fence. This friendship leads into Bruno trying to help the young boy in the camp find his father. Not long after Bruno enters the concentration camp, he is mistaken as a prisoner and him and his friend are led to their death. This story shows the innocence of children and the power of friendship. I would recommend this book for high school students because it is very emotional and has a very deep meaning. ( )
  Hhaddad1 | Apr 29, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this. It was interesting to get a child's perspective of living through the holocaust, on the German side. I was slightly annoyed with certain things, like it seemed very English (written by an English author), and I kept forgetting they were supposed to be speaking German. And then when I did remember, I became really annoyed that he called the concentration camp "Out-With" rather than Auschwitz, never mind that those words wouldn't translate with the same sound in German! Those were small issues, though. He was vague about certain things, and I found I wanted so much more information than he was giving, but I guess since it's told from the perspective of a very naive 9 year old, it sort of works. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
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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)
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.

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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