THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas tells the story of Bruno, a young German boy growing up during World War II. As a nine-year-old, Bruno lived in his own world of imagination. He enjoyed reading adventure stories and going on expeditions to explore the lesser-known corners of his family's massive house in Berlin.

This breathtaking novel written by John Boyne is a very interesting book that tells the story about two boys.
A brilliant plot, with a tragic end. Bruno, the protagonist, a boy of just nine years, a boy who is filled with utter innocence, who doesn't understand the bars and fences put by the humans, who barely knows about the fact that how similar can be two human beings, yet have two complete different lives.
The story unfolds the day Bruno arrives home to discover his family is moving from Berlin to Auschwitz because of his father’s transfer.
he meets a boy his exact age and they begin to forge a friendship over the course of year. However, as much as he finds he and Schmuel have in common, living on opposite sides of the fencethey overcome many situations together.
My favourite part is understanding the friendship between Shmuel and Bruno,
I particularly like how Shmuel tries to hide the horrible truth from his friend not to make him feel upset and sorry for the people in the camp who are suffering also because of his father.
Both boys had been taken away from their homes yet one still lived in a respectable house... while the other in a camp and they were both unhappy. In my mind, it shows how the different ways that people were brought up changed their perspective of the world and how if you grew up in luxury then sometimes you take things for granted because they are just handed to you..
i thought that it was brilliant of boyne to tell the story from the perspective of a nine year old german boy as how he feels and thinks about the situation and how he misundertsands things like his own house as Out-with not auschwitz and der Führer as the fury.
This was a great book, it was filled with countless emotions and shows how kids are pure souls that do not care about race or other differences between them and others, and that whatever type of discrimination towards others are inherited from their parents. The ending was a little unexpected and sad but overall it was a great story. I love how Bruno was portrayed as an innocent kid that loves exploring who might've been naive but was curious to find out more.


Submitted: January 13, 2023

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