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

by John Boyne

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Title:The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Authors:John Boyne
Info:Oxford University Press (2007), Paperback, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Auschwitz, WWII, war stories, young adult, middle grade, historical

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This was a very different book, and was incredibly well written from my viewpoint having been written from the perspective of a 9 year old boy witnessing the Second World War and the Final Solution. The innocence does come through the book quite strongly, sometimes it is what is not written as much as what is. What wasn't said screamed at you loudly! Throughout the book it was quite moving and if a book is meant to have an emotional impact this book achieved this! Enjoy the book is a strange term in this context but I am very glad that I read it. ( )
  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
I'd been putting off reading this book, because of the subject matter. I think it's important that people read books that will make them think, but I have to be in a certain state of mind to read stories of this nature. I finally bit the bullet and read it this week.

In Boyne's novel we meet Bruno, who lives in Berlin with his mother, sister, and father. When the "Fury" comes to visit Bruno's father, they find that the man has a very important job for Bruno's father. Shortly after the whole family moves to Poland so that his Father can work at a camp called "Out-With". Bruno is only nine and doesn't understand what his Father does for his job, only that he is Very Important Person to the "Fury". At first Bruno is very upset because there are no other children to play with, but eventually he befriends Shmuel, the boy in the striped pajamas.

At first, I wasn't sure what to think about this book. I loved it, but the ending got me. Thankfully, there was an interview with the author at the end of the audio, and it put the book in perspective for me. ( )
  pennylane78 | Jun 6, 2016 |
The story told in this book was simplified a little too much for my taste. Bruno and Gretel were too innocent. Bruno was supposed to be nine, Gretel twelve or thirteen. They would have been bought up to hate Jews, so Bruno would have had to learn to see through his anti-Semitism to view Shmuel as a friend. I would have thought it more likely that he didn't know why he hated Jews, only that he did. The mispronunciations of 'del Furor' and 'Auschwitz' as 'the Fury' and 'Out With' were somewhat understandable for a young English-speaking child, but as a German whose native--and in fact only--language was German, Bruno's mispronunciation seems rather absurd, made especially so by that fact that he replaces them with English words that have similar pronunciations, yet Bruno couldn't speak English, and the German versions of the same phrases (at least according to Bing translator) are not similar in the same way.

It's rather odd that the author chose to imply that Bruno's mother was having an affair with a soldier, and Gretel was flirting with the man that her mother was having an affair with, yet dumbed down the other parts of the story that showed the horror of what was happening in Auschwitz. I listened to a recorded interview with the author, and he seemed to have decent reasons for dumbing down the story the way that he did, it just didn't work as well as it would have if he had not treated his nine-year-old character--and through him, his readers--like imbeciles.

I think that this review by bandgeek8408 does a decent job of summing up my feelings about the book. ( )
  NicoleSch | Jun 1, 2016 |
Book Description “Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank.” —USA Today 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 to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

My Review I enjoyed this book very much. I like that it was written from the innocent point of view of a nine year old which makes it a very moving story. Any attempt to describe this book would only spoil the powerful effect of the ending. It definitely is a one sitting read and when you've finished, you will be thinking about this one for a while. ( )
  EadieB | Jun 1, 2016 |
Review: The Boy In The Striped Pajamas By John Boyne.

This book gives quite a startling look at this time in history from a child’s perspective. Even though this book was disturbing, very sad and upsetting, it’s beautifully written. I thought this book was an accurate portrayal of a nine year old boy, Bruno and his views of what he thought was going on around him. His naivety and his innocence was what made him a believable character.

A young German boy was up-rooted from his luxurious home in Berlin, strayed away from his three best friends, to a house next to what he calls “Out-With (Auschwitz). Bruno was unhappy at first, eventually he makes a friend, Shmuel who lives behind the fence where he was told never to go. Bruno’s life swirls around Nazis and hating Jews but Bruno had little comprehension of what it all meant even though his father was Nazi Commandant of the fenced in camp out back of his home.

Bruno was just being a boy and happy just to finally have a friend, not being concerned, but curious of why so many people lived behind the fence all wearing the same outfit, striped pajamas and a striped hat. Bruno wanted to become an explorer someday. He talked about this with his new friend Shmuel so one day they decided to explore….which led to the ending of a story that made this book unforgettable. An amazing story told through the eyes of a child. Well recommended.
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 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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