The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

 
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Uncomfortable Striped Pyjmas
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Cleverly written this book is a great insight into the mind of a child during world war II. Written from the perspective of a young boy, Bruno, the war finally touches his family in a terrible way. His innocence is endearing but ultimately dangerous once he has befriended another boy, whose life has also changed drastically because of the war.

The message from this book is very powerful and although not a happy read, it is still compelling. All the characters in this book serve an important purpose and their relationships with each other drive the story to its fateful end.
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Beautiful
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Reader reviewed by Mary

This books is a beautiful books that tells the tale of innocence. Bruno is a young boy who is living during World War II. His father is fighting in the war and is relocated to a new area. Bruno is devastated as he is being separated from his best friends. Once reaching his new home he finds himself lonely and craving the company of other boys. Soon he finds a boy but between them is a wire. They get to know each other through the wire until Bruno's curiosity gets the better of him. He crosses to the other side...


John Boyne portrays Bruno's childlike innocence perfectly. Bruno doesn't know about the reason for the war, the Jews or Hitler. All he knows is that a wire is keeping him away from playing with his friend. The book is a moving story of the Holocaust.
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Reader reviewed by Sarima89

This is a powerful book about a very sad and real story. Is a difficult subject, but the author gets manage it in a really good way. Its sad, yes, its touchig  and heartbreaking, yes, but is also amazingly great.
I rellay like it and I just couldn avoid to cry, not only because what was reading, also by the way it was told, and the subject transmited by the book.


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Beautiful
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Reader reviewed by Crimin

Brunos father is in the military - a high-ranking solider to boot! - and he has to move because of it.  Of course, Bruno isnt at all happy with leaving his grandparents and his friends behind, but what can he do?  He has to stay with his mother and his father and his annoying sister no matter if they must move to a boring new house that certainly wont have as many hiding spots as the home hes leaving behind.

But that doesnt matter - for there are people there, just beyond the fence near his new home.  People that his father and mother dont talk about and surely dont invite over for dinner.  Bruno, being as curious as always, goes outside and beings to follow the fence until he meets a boy.

I can remember just when I found out about this books existence:  I happened to be reading one of my favorite actors wikipedia article and saw that he was going to play in the movie adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.  Afterward, by clicking a link, I discovered it was based on this book and went out to rent the movie and purchase the tome.

I totally forgot about the movie and just read the book.  Two days later, the movie went back (unwatched) and I had closed the book with more than just one sob on its behalf.  It has to be one of the most heartbreaking fables Ive ever read - and I love it.  To this day, Im sure, Id cry again if I read it from cover - to - cover.

Five stars?  It deserves more!  But, I can at least say that everyone - EVERYONE - should read this! 

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Innocence
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Reader reviewed by Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover)

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was a beautifully sad novel. I loved it so much that I have set out to find more like it (I have already found a few). I a-d-o-r-e-d this book!

The characters were all so unique and well written that I was so sad when... something happened to some of them.

The plot and story were surprisingly good. Holocaust is a touchy subject and it is hard to find something that really gives it what it deserves, but this definitely did. There are some really sad parts, however and be ready for a tear-jerker ending.

I am so glad that I got to experience this novel and will definitely be looking for more like it. As of now, I am off to watch the movie based off this book!
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Reader reviewed by truzyboy

John Boyne has  written a brilliant book he has explained  everything very well, he has used the main character as a small boy which makes him ask lots of question as he doesnt know exactly what is going on.


The story is about a boy called Bruno who moves away from Berlin as his Father has had a promotion so, they move to a house called Out-with which is next to a concentration camp. He then meets a boy called Shmuel who is on the other side of the fence that Bruno soon makes friends with. Then there friendship suddenly comes to an end.


The good bits about the book are the fat that it is based on a historic event.it leaves you hanging on every chapter it makes you have many emotions like sadness, happiness and excitement.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
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Reader reviewed by Sophie

    The boy in the Striped Pyjamas is weird book. It is not what anyone thinks it is when they first pick it up off a  book shelf. You want to keep reading it when you first start reading it, but then things start to change rapidly towards the end.


The book is magical book that tricks you into thinking that you know what is going to happen next. You are always surprised about what happens next, unless you know what went on in the concentration camp so you know what happened to Shmuels grandfather. Nothing ever really occurs that you expect it to.


The author of, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne has taken great care in planning exactly what is going to happen in each chapter to each character. He has woven all the little secrets into the book, and at certain points, you understand a bit more of what is going on each time.


The story is about a young, bouncy, adventurous, full-of-energy boy called Bruno. Bruno lives in a really big house in Berlin with his sister, mother and father. Also in the house are the servants including Maria who Bruno get al0ng well with later on. When his father gets promoted to Commandant the family are very impressed with him, and hold a celebration. Everyone is happy about it except from Fathers mother. With this job, Father gets a home in Auschwitz Right next to the concentration camp. Mother is not really happy with this, but she goes along with the idea of that. When Bruno tells Mother about the strange people on the other side of the fence, she realises that there are Jews there and they are badly treated.  Bruno is very curios of the people that he goes exploring.

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Reader reviewed by Stealthysmirth

I think John Boyne, the author has written this book very well. It gives a very good and detailed description of what its like for Bruno growing up next to Auschwitz.


The story itself is set in a concentration camp in Poland (Nazi Germany) in world war 2.


Read this book and discover a secret friendship between people who arent supposed to know each other, and find out the joys and difficulties of their lives.


The book is also good because it doesnt just give you a history lesson, but it describes Brunos adventures as well. Following the life of someone who doesnt understand what seems so obvious. Bruno is blissfully ignorant until the very end, an end the reader wont even expect.


Its not just Bruno; it also shows evidence for what it was like for other types of people in the war, e.g. the soldiers, the house workers and gives you true outcomes to the consequences back then.


I would recommend this book to a friend but not under 10 at least, the book is good but what its about is sad, especially for a young person.

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Reader reviewed by Danul

My review of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas


 


The boy in the striped pyjamas is the fourth novel written by the Irish writer John Boyne and his first novel aimed at children. It is a tale about an odd friendship of two boys in horrendous circumstances.


 


Bruno is a nine year old boy growing up in Berlin in World War two. He lives in a big house with servants his mother father and his twelve year old sister Gretel. Brunos father is very important to the fury and wears a fancy uniform. One day Bruno comes home to find his father wearing a different yet still fancy uniform and the maid, Maria, packing his things into a trunk even the things at the back of his wardrobe that were nobody elses business. Brunos father then announces they are moving to a place called Out-with.


 


When Bruno gets there he immediately misses school, his old house and especially his three best friends Daniel, Karl and Martin. His new house is smaller and always full of soldiers and there is no one to play with. One day Bruno Had nothing to do so went into the forbidden back garden and saw on the other side of the fence a dot, that became a spec, that became a blob, that became a figure, that became a child.


 


I enjoyed this book and I believe it is best with some background knowledge of world war two. I prefer the book to the movie because I built up what the characters looked like and how they spoke in my head and then when I watched the movie it contradicted everything I had built up in my mind. However I think the movie would have been better if we hadnt read the book and spoilt the ending. I disliked the fact that the film is so undetailed around what happened in Berlin and before Bruno met Shmuel. I thought the ending in the book was a bit vague but I guess the author intended you to make up your own mind.


 


I would recommend this book to someone who is old enough to understand and truly appreciate it. It is a good read and I believe almost anyone old enough will enjoy it if they know a bit about world war two.

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chicken poop
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Reader reviewed by i love chickens

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas


The story is set in the middle of the World War 2, it tells us the story of a young eight year old boy called Bruno. Bruno goes on an adventure into his garden and comes across a young Jewish boy on the opposite side of the fence. Bruno becomes good friends with this young Jewish boy called Shmuel. The two boys go on an adventure together but there adventure comes to a very sad end. Bruno and his family moved to a new house in outwith because Brunos father gets a large promotion from his boss the Fuhrer (Hitler).


I would recommend this film to a younger generation of people, because it teaches people a lot about what happened in the war and what the soldiers did. !!!

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