The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
We see through his eyes as his family is moved (because of his fathers job he works for The Fury) from their comfy home in Berlin to a place Bruno knows only as Out With in Poland. This, you see, is a view of Nazi Germany unlike any other. Bruno is a truly innocent child who has no clue that the hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of people he can see from his new bedroom window are Jewish prisoners. He wonders why they could possibly be there but has no inkling that his father (who he idolizes, in many ways) controls their fate.
Bruno secretly befriends Shmuel, a young boy in the camp. He keeps his new friendship secret because even though he doesnt understand what is going on, he somehow knows that the adults in his life would not approve. Bruno wanders down the fence line separating his house from the concentration camp every day to chat with Shmuel and give him food and to trade secrets.
I wont tell you the end, though you can surely guess that it might be a tragic one&after all, this is a story about the Holocaust. The story is almost completely told through the filter of Brunos inexperience, giving it an almost fairy tale feel. The reader is required to suspend disbelief almost completely and it is worthwhile to do so (if you dwell too long on thoughts of how in the world could even a self-absorbed 9 year-old boy completely miss that theres a war going on? youll miss out on the story).
The age range to recommend this book for is rather hard&on the one hand, it is a story of a 9-year-old and the language is certainly simple enough for someone that age to read. But the true weight of the story is far greater, even if the violence in it is primarily off-stage. It is listed simply as young adult, which can mean many things. I suppose I would have to recommend it is as 14 and up, though there are those that would argue with me on either side of the scale.
This is a story that will stay with you and haunt you a bit. And well it should, given the subject. Definitely a book to add to the already burgeoning canon of Holocaust literature; it is different enough to bring something new to the study of this horrible subject. I can see that this would be a good book for classroom use and I imagine many teachers have already discovered it.
‘Out-With’ is Bruno’s misinterpretation of the Auschwitz concentration camp and ‘The Fury’ was his misinterpretation of the word Führer, which means leader or guide in German and was commonly associated with Adolf Hitler.
Young Bruno is quite naive about what is going on around him. For example, he presumes that ‘Heil Hitler’ is a another way of saying ‘Well, goodbye for now, have a pleasant afternoon.’
Bruno is not happy about leaving his friends and his comfortable home for a house in the middle of nowhere where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. From his bedroom window he can see a camp behind a wire fence.
One day Bruno explores the fence line and meets a Jewish boy named Shmuel, who shares the same birthday as him. Shmuel is dressed in striped pyjamas and a cap. All the people on Shmuel’s side wear pyjamas.
Bruno and Shmuel develop a friendship. An innocent Bruno does not understand what is going on Shmuel’s side of the fence and Shmuel cannot understand how the Commandant can have such a nice son.
There has been some criticism against the plausibility of the story, such as there were no nine year-old boys at Auschwitz. Some argue that the narrative trivialises the conditions of the death camp and the Holocaust.
A film adaptation directed by Mark Herman and starring Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, David Hayman and Asa Butterfield was released in 2008.
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.
The boy in the striped pyjamas is John Boyne who has cleverly wrote this book from the world of Bruno and his life with his family.
The life of the nine year old boy changes drastically one day when his father gets a new job. This requires his father along with the whole family to move from their cosy home in Berlin to a strict house in out with. Bruno is a very curious boy and decides to put down his German history book and go to explore. When Bruno is exploring he comes across another nine year old boy called Shmuel. As the book goes on you find out more about Shmuel and his pyjamas.
What I think is good about the book is that it takes you on a journey of Brunos life and gives you little hints of the ending all the way through. It never completely tells you what the ending is going to be so when you read the ending it is a massive shock and even makes some people cry.
I think the main weak point in the book is the length of the ending. It is such a good ending but I feel it was rushed. Most of the book was spent telling the life of Bruno and how he came to meet Shmuel. I think this makes it more personal as you get to know very well. I still think the ending should stay the same just make it longer by adding more detail. This would ensure that werent left with any questions about the ending.
I would recommend this book to someone of my age but not anyone younger. I wouldnt recommend it to anyone younger than 14 as they might not understand the history and I think that knowing a bit of the history is a key part to understanding the book fully.
Overall I think this is a very good book and it is defiantly worth reading.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne is an emotional tale about a young boy called Bruno and his family. The story tells a life of Bruno having to move from his beloved home in Berlin to the dreaded landscape of Auschwitz.
The scene is set in Germany during the World War 2 and the story begins with 9yr old Bruno arriving at is luxurious house in berlin to find Maria the maid packing his clothes. As the family moves through the stages of getting to the new house it shows Brunos character of not liking change and not exited to see his new house.
Later on Bruno meets a new friend who is almost in a different world. Despite a fence separating their very different lives, Bruno and his friend, Shmuel have a flourishing relationship that gets stronger every day. You can see the trust in their eyes as they speak to each other. And the truly captivating moment when Bruno decides to go under the fence to help Shmuel find is father is inspiring.
This film shows the true meaning of friendship between the two boys. And it shows the difference between their lives. This helps the reader realise how the two different people from one side to the other overcome the cruelty of the Fury and the concentration camp that Shmuel is locked away in.
It also tells the story of Brunos family life and how it is falling apart. Father having this job that nobody really understands and Mothers side of not knowing what is going on in the camp until later on. When she finally finds out she becomes uncomfortable having the children near the camp. As for the sister Gretel, she is too much in love with lieutenant Kotler or Kurt as she calls him to realise the situation. By the end this family pretty much falls apart.
Overall I think this is an extraordinary book and film that everyone should know about so that everyone is aware of what sort of things happened in the war.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. !!!
The boy in the striped pyjamas is a really good because it is exciting and sad at the same time in a way that Bruno makes everything out to be more innocent then it is which is quite funny but sad as he doesnt understand. The story is over all good because it makes you think of the war.
The only weak points are that Bruno seems a bit inconsiderate of the fact that Shmuel is trapped in the camp but it may be that he doesnt understand.
I recommend this book to people of a similar age (14) to me or higher as someone younger would not understand as you need knowledge of the war.