The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne: Review!


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.

About the Author

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of seven novels for adults and three for children. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award, reached no.1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was made into an award-winning Miramax feature film. His novels are published in over 45 languages. He lives in Dublin.

My Thought

Okay let me start by saying that I am a huge historical fiction, is one of my favorite genre. Especially when it has to do with WWII, something about that era that fascinates me. I have read books that I love such as Diary of Anne Frank, The Book Thief, Between shades of gray and the Kommandant’s girl. This book how ever wasn’t much of my liking. The story was powerful but I found my self mostly angry with the adults.

Lieutenant Kotler was the absolute worst of them all. He was nineteen years old and was thought he was above everything and anything. Even being rude to Bruno who was the commandants kid. I wanted to go inside the book and punch him. There was so much sadness in the book, my heart ache for Bruno and Shmuel who were both nine years of age and were so innocent to the war in the outside world. Bruno was German and Shmuel was Jewish then in their young , innocent mind this wasn’t an obstacle for them to becoming friends. In fact they had become the best of friends.

The book how ever didn’t have the same effect on me as the movie did. Seen exactly what happen completely broke me. My heart felt heavy as if some one was squeezing it and I cried like a baby when it was done. The book although still powerful didn’t made me cry. This is one of the few occasions where I believe the movie was better than the book.

I rate this book πŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š bookstack

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