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The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover but in this case we think that would spoil t. 35I didn t love this but I did appreciate the fact that it had a very powerful message and an ending I wasn t expecting at all My feelings were definitely changed by the fact that the author describes the story as a fable The abstractness makes a lot sense in that way Definitely an unforgettable read nonetheless

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Year old boy called Bruno Though this isn't a book for nine year olds And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence We hope you never have to cross such a fence. A powerful concept but very poorly written even allowing for the young adult target audience and one of a tiny number of books I can think of that was better in the film versionPlotBruno is 9 and lives in Berlin in 1943 with his parents and 12 year old sister They are wealthy and his father is an important soldier who is promoted to be the Commandant at Auschwitz The trick of the story is that Bruno doesn t realise the horror of what goes on behind the barbed wire where everyone wears striped pyjamas even when he befriends a boy of the same age at a corner of the camp Although his father can be strict and distant Bruno is unfailing in his trust in the goodness of his father In the film there was at least a gradual if reluctant dawning of doubt about his father and all he stood for but that doesn t happen in the book the themes of family friendship and trust are barely touched onImplausible IgnoranceThe main problem is that it s told from Bruno s viewpoint and he is ridiculously naive and ignorant for the son of a senior Nazi Not knowing and not wanting to know the horror of what was happening is entirely understandable especially when a parent is involved However he hasn t heard of the Fatherland thinks the Fuhrer is called The Fury throughout that Auschwitz is called Out With and that Heil Hitler means goodbye Yet we re meant to believe that he s the 9 year old son of a senior Nazi His father had clearly been neglecting his duty to train the next generation of Hitler youth And anyway the puns wouldn t work in German What is even insulting to readers is that Boyne has responded to this widespread point of criticism by saying that anyone who thinks the boy is too naive is denying the holocaust See Kelly H Maybedog comment on Oct 02 2012 and subseuent onesOther Flaws Surely some aspects of Schmuel s plight would have been glaringly obvious emaciated shorn hair possibly lice ridden ragged clothes etc There are several stock phrases that are trotted out annoyingly often a Hopeless Case mouth in the shape of an O if he was honest as he always tried to be They talk of miles not kilometres and feet not centimetres which might not matter were the rest of it realistic Just occasionally and completely out of character Bruno talks in an unnaturally adult way If you ask me we re all in the same boat And it s leaking and a nasty person who always looked as if he wanted to cut someone out of his willIt might have worked better if Bruno had been 5 or 6 but I suppose the target audience would have been less willing to read it so the result is a book that isn t really suitable for any age group What a wastePostscript 1Arising from Kelly Hawkins reviewBoyne saysI think the most freuent criticism of the book in the years since it s been published is that Bruno is too naive People say He s verging on the stupid how could he not know For all the criticisms you can make I always feel that s the wrong one because he s grown up in a house with his father wearing a uniform so I always think why would be uestion it There wouldn t be any motivation for him to suddenly turn around if your father came home wearing a doctor s uniform every day you wouldn t turn around one day and ask Why are you wearing that So Bruno is kind of representing that blindness in a way When he goes to the fence and when he asks that uestion he is kind of representing the rest of us who are trying to understand the Holocaust and find some answers to it Also when the camps were liberated the world was surprised through 1945 and 1946 The majority of the Holocaust had taken place over four years and granted it was a different information age but I still maintain that in those sorts of movies the naivety is appropriate It s based on real lifeFrom he is uoted as saying that naivety and complacency were two of the main reasons the Holocaust occurred I find that a very unsatisfying defence It answers why people don t want to know the horrors which I fully acknowledge but does not begin to tackle Bruno s specific ignorance of common words related to the Third Reich Postscript 2 October 2015His new book has a similar title and another Nazi theme with Hitler himself this time The Boy at the Top of the Mountain I won t be reading that but I suspect it will cause similar controversyPostscript 3See this excellent review by a survivor of Nazi concentration camps Boyne posting as John responded to some of the criticisms 4 14 May 2017In today s Sunday Times the Prime Minister Theresa May was asked by a 19 year old in her constituency Has your thinking ever changed because of a novelShe replied A book that brought something home to me was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas It is a very very cleverly written book and a very well written book and what it brings home is the absolute horror of the HolocaustHmmm

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He reading of the book We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is aboutIf you do start to read this book you will go on a journey with a nine. Two innocent boys and two very different worlds separated by a not so infallible fenceBerlin 1942 middle of WWII beginnings of the Holocaust Bruno is a little boy of barely nine years old son of a very well standing german family His life passes relatively uneventful until one day his father is appointed commander in a faraway region Bruno his sister Gretel and his parents are compelled to relocate to Out With to a much smaller house forsaking family and friends and sacrificing everything for the important rank promotion In this new house isolated from the rest of the world Bruno finds a small window that allows him to see at the distance an incredibly large area with tiny little huts and an endless number of tiny little figures dressed in a curious striped outfit Mature old people and children In a huge wire fenced fieldExcellent historical fiction novel A must read alongside the Diary of Anne Frank Two uniue and different perspectives of a same tragedy A novel about the cruelties of war and the self invented differences that lead humanity to separate itself Highly recommendable Very powerful Painful as few othersStill remaining the movie 2008Until next time Dos ni os inocente y dos mundos muy diferentes separados por un no tan infalible alambradoBerl n 1942 mediados de la segunda guerra mundial principios del Holocausto Bruno es un peue o nene de escasos nueve a os hijo de una familia alemana de buen pasar Su vida transcurre sin mayores problemas hasta ue un d a su padre es designado comandante en una regi n lejana Bruno su hermana Gretel y sus padres se ven obligados a reubicarse en Out With a una casa m s peue a abandonando familia y amigos en sacrificio de la importante promoci n laboral En esta nueva casa aislada del mundo Bruno encuentra una peue a ventana ue permite entrever a la distancia una enorme cantidad de peue as chozas y un sinfin de peue as figuras vistiendo un curioso uniforme de rayas Gente adulta mayor y ni os En un enorme campo alambradoExcelente novela hist rica de ficci n Un must para leer del tema junto al Diario de Ana Frank Dos perspectivas nicas y diferentes de una misma tragedia Una novela sobre las crueldades de la guerra y sobre las diferencias autoinventadas ue llegan a separar la humanidad Muy recomendable Muy poderosa Dolosoa como pocasueda pendiente ver la pel cula 2008Hasta la pr xima


10 thoughts on “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  1. says:

    I hardly know where to begin bashing this book Do I start with the 9 year old boy and his 12 year old sister who read about 6 and 8 respectively? The imperial measurements miles feet despite the German setting? The German boy raised in Berlin who thinks that Der F├╝hrer is The Fury and Auschwitz is Out With despite being corrected s

  2. says:

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas would easily top my list of Worst Books about the HolocaustI am writing as one who was there I was once myself a boy in striped pajamas and am a survivor of six German concentration camps This book is so ignorant of historical facts about concentration camps that it kicks the history of the Holocaust right in the teethJohn Boyne's premise is that the nine year old son of the comm

  3. says:

    35I didn't love this but I did appreciate the fact that it had a very powerful message and an ending I wasn't expecting at all My feelings were definitely changed by the fact that the author describes the story as a fable

  4. says:

    As Michael Kors once sighed to a clueless designer on Project Runway Where do I start? Let's open with some descriptive words that sum up this book and I will then go on to explain them in further detail Patronizing Insipid Smarmy Just plain b

  5. says:

    Two innocent boys and two very different worlds separated by a not so infallible fenceBerlin 1942 middle of WWII beginnings of the Holocaust Bruno is a little boy of barely nine years old son of a very well standing german family His life passes relatively uneventful until one day his father is appointed commander in a faraway region Bruno his sister Gretel and his parents are compelled to relocate to Out With to a much smaller house for

  6. says:

    I seriously suggest you read about what happened to real children in the Holocaust It won't fill your thoughts for many days or shock

  7. says:

    A powerful concept but very poorly written even allowing for the young adult target audience and one of a tiny number of books I can think of that was better in the film versionPlotBruno is 9 and lives in Berlin in 1943 with his parents and 12 year old sister They are wealthy and his father is an important soldier who i

  8. says:

    uick reread because lets face it im high key obsessed with john boyne this is my seventh JB book in less than a month when i hit my tenth someone please stage an intervention loli first read this years ago so i f

  9. says:

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is truly an amazing yet daunting novel that I will never forget The author John Boyne did a masterful job of depicting the setting in such vivid detail and exposing the events in a manner that I felt a constant emotional pull as the story unfolded and impending doom lingered on the horizonI w

  10. says:

    When I was very young I lived in Romania Because there was past drama in my family I had three grandmothers and two grandf