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Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

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“What exactly was the difference? he wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?”

John Boyne


Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Author: John Boyne
First Published: 2006
Language: English

Pages: 224

Goodreads summary:
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.




Review:
I’ve heard about this novel before reading it, as many of you probably did as well. I only just now decided to pick it up to read for my English Literature class. Many friends of mine preferred the movie to the book, but I hadn’t seen the movie before reading the book to compare the two beforehand. I decided to read the novel and watch the movie afterwards.

This novel was heartbreaking to say the least. My knowledge of World War II consists mainly out of basic information. (I’ll be studying this subject more in depth next semester) Reading this novel from the point of view of a child made it that more special in my opinion. The unknowingness of Bruno made the message of this novel even stronger. The horrors that groups of people had to endure during World War II were inhumane, as many of you undoubtedly know.  You’ll definitely get to read more about that within this novel.

There were some issues I had with this book though. Mainly the fact that these two children were able to meet each other all the time was quite unrealistic. Bruno and his sister seemed way too naïve at times, even for kids. I have to say that that I enjoyed watching the movie more that reading the book as well. In my opinion, it delivers the message in a clearer way.

Even though the plot had some issues in my opinion (hence the decrease of a star), it does convey the message which is why many people read this book in the first place.

I’d recommend this book to everyone.

Rating:  ★★★★




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