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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (original 2006; edition 2008)

by John Boyne

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Title:The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
Authors:John Boyne
Info:David Fickling Books (2008), Edition: 1ST, Paperback, 224 pages
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (2006)

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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.

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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 |
Some books classified as children's literature or YA fiction transcend the label, and are as enjoyable or interesting for adults as for younger readers. A larger number of children's books, however, are most suitable for children. That does not make them inferior literature, it just means they do what it says on the tin.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, in my opinion, belongs to the latter category. It's not bad, but I have trouble understanding the fuss over this book. I would probably have liked it, perhaps even loved it, if I had read it 15-20 years ago. Now, whilst I did not dislike it, I found the style rather unengaging, and the story a bit too weak and predictable. ( )
  -Silje- | Jul 24, 2016 |
Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, moves from Berlin with his family to the country. He becomes friendly with a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence. They develop a friendship. This book does a great job of explaining the holocaust through the eyes of a 9 year old. ( )
  CindyNeils | Jul 23, 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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