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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Author:  John Boyne
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Nine year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution or the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country.


All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.


Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

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Feb 06,2017
5

If you want to cry all night then this is the book for you 

Dec 19,2016
3

It's sad. It's very sad. I know that was to be expected of a book set in the holocaust, but it's still very sad. The story was good, and it does a good job getting across the point of why the holocaust was so bad, and why we shouldn't be racist to people of another religion or ethnic group. But, I feel like this is less of a story, and more of a (thinks of word) textbook. And that's where it failed for me. Also, the fact that Bruno's parents don't tell him why he can't go into the camp. It just makes Bruno as a character feel... stupid. I know that we're meant to see this from an innocent child's prespective, but really? A nine-year old who can't remember the word Jew or see that his best friend is suffering?  Shmueal is litteraly grey-faced and thin, and you compare your "suffering", even though your plump and healthy and your friend looks half-dead?Really? That's a bit too inncocent, and as a guy with 2 nine-year old sisters, I should know.

 

Honestly, my only problem with the book is the fact that it seems more like a history textbook, trying to educate me at every page rather than a story at some moments. Also, the Bruno thing is me complaing about how a book about something so real gets something like the innocence of children so wrong (From my point of view) 

DFTBA pepole!

Mayo

Nov 14,2016
0

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyle

Set in the holocaust, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a a book about freindship and trust on a whole new level. Hugo, a young boy suddenly moves away from home and doesnt feel like he belongs anywhere. He wants to go home and see his friends again, but one day he discovers something on a property near him thats totally and utterly out of his leauge. A boy. A boy in a concentration camp.

Nov 14,2016
0

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyle

Set in the holocaust, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a a book about freindship and trust on a whole new level. Hugo, a young boy suddenly moves away from home and doesnt feel like he belongs anywhere. He wants to go home and see his friends again, but one day he discovers something on a property near him thats totally and utterly out of his leauge. A boy. A boy in a concentration camp.

Nov 07,2016
0

This is a Historical Fiction book

Bruno has everything he could ever want in his house in berlin. He has toys 3 best freinds and a massive house but when his dad gets a promotion they have to move to Out With a cottage in the middle of nowhere with nobody around exept for the people over the other side of the fence who all seem to be wearing striped Pyjamas. Bruno feels like his whole life has been taken away from him. He has no freinds, no toys and nothing to do but stare out of the window and watch all the people on the other side of the fence. Bruno hates Out With and wishes he could go back to Berlin but he cannot and he is stuck in Out With. He takes to walking next to the fence for long distances and the fence seems to go on forever, Bruno is begining to give up hope of ever making freinds in this desolate place when one day when he is walking along the fence he discoveres a boy sitting on the other side of the fence. Bruno's life becomes better as he and the boy become freinds and he spends every moment he can going to visit him and talking to him. Bruno is very happy to have made a freind but he does not understand why his freind is on the other side of the fence. Then one day his freind's father goes missing and Bruno volunteers to help find him. He sneaks onto the other side of the fence and they go looking for his freinds father. Will they find his freinds father and will Bruno be able to get back out of the camp.

I liked this book because the characters were really lovable and you could feel the emotions of the characters really well. I liked the emotions that the author displays through Bruno and how innocent Bruno really is. However I did not like how some of the characters seemed blank and did not seem to care what was happening. I would reccomend this book to ages 12 and above because the ending is very upsetting and could distress younger viewers.

Nov 07,2016
4

I think that this book is very interesing and also very sad. I think that the end of the book is very sad but also very educative. This book teaches you and tells you how thing were in the days when the natzi's ruled. This is a very good and interesting book and recomend it to people that like to read very sad books. 

 

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