The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Author: John Boyne
Publisher: David Fickling Books
The back of this book provides the following “teaser”:
The story of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the jacket, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about. If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-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. Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter such a fence.
Still, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this book is about the Holocaust. An innocent German boy and an imprisoned Jewish boy become friends in an unlikely time and place.
I truly enjoyed this self-proclaimed fable. The story is pretty predictable. The ignorance/innocence of Bruno is, at times, a little unbelievable. (His father is a commandant in the SS Army, and yet Bruno claims not to know what Jew is or where Poland is.) Those things aside, the writing and story flowed easily. I was interested in Bruno’s experiences and the larger implications for today’s society. This story stayed with me.
I would recommend this as a quick read to those who can stomach Holocaust stories (i.e., stories with sad endings).
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne [rating:4]
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