The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2008

byJohn Boyne

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“Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank.” —USA Today
 
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.


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“Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank.” —USA Today   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 th...

Acclaimed Irish novelist John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland on April 30, 1971. He studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He has written dozens of short stories and many novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. An award-winni...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2008Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307494233

ISBN - 13:9780307494238

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful beautiful, sad, memorable story.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I remember reading this when I was younger and I couldn't quite remember any of it. I decided to pick it up again after a friend gifted it to me and I am so glad I did, what an amazing story!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Children's book on the Holocaust? Extraordinary writing. Masterfully written from a child's perspective, yet vivid and heart-wrenching. Both a "easy read" and a "not-so-easy read".
Date published: 2013-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, yet complex and heartbreaking Mini Book Review: I truly struggle writing reviews about books that are sheer perfection like this one. I am afraid I don`t have the appropriate words to convey that this book I believe is one that every person should read. Every time I mentioned to people that I was going to read this they gave me the warning that it doesn`t end well but that I had to read it. They were right - it doesn`t end well but don`t let that stop you. Such a wonderful story with beautiful moments of humour intertwined with brutal violence written in such a sensitive way. I read a chapter of this to my son every night before bedtime and it led to some hard conversations but ones that I felt were important. Bruno, although extremely naive, is a beautiful, honest and realistic character. The relationship and conversations between Bruno and Shmuel are heartbreaking yet honest. Also Boyne should be commended for writing such a poignant story that will rip your heart in two but at the same time give you hope. I recommend this as a book a parent, teacher, or librarian should read aloud to a child and discuss. (BTW - before the last two chapters of the book have a stiff drink so you don`t bawl your eyes out while reading to your child -- trust me!) This was a wonderful bonding experience for me and Jake -- but shhh don`t tell Jake that. 5 Dewey`s I purchased this to read to my 11 yr old after a disturbing incident at his old school Ontario. Short explanation - son told me a `joke`` he heard at school about the Holocaust. Friends suggested this would be a perfect and age appropriate story to read to him and discuss
Date published: 2013-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking!! I just finished this book and would recommend it to everyone who can read, no matter the age. The story of two little boys each on a different side of "the fence". The author portrays a story that we are all familiar with but from a totally unexpected perspective.
Date published: 2008-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, yet complex. A child could easily read this book, without having to ask the meaning of many words. It's a short read, and a very easy one at that. The writing is simple and naive, but that's why this book has such an impact on the reader. The hidden messages are everywhere; Yet they are not hidden in a negative manner. I picked this book up in Chapters one day, as I needed a new book for a school project/informal presentation. The first chapter was very interesting, and piques you interest right away, and the book takes off from there. You begin to feel for the characters right away, and it gives you such a new perspective on the Holocaust. You seem to forget that the book is written in third person, and start to feel like Bruno is writing it and talking to you. This makes the emotional effect on you that much bigger. It's a book about innocence in a time of great evil. It's a book you'll want to read again and again, and tell all of your friends about as well. I'd recommend this book to anybody over the age of 12.
Date published: 2008-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Done! Books about the Holocaust are never easy to read. Some are downright terrifying and some make the reader nauseous. This book however approaches this period in history from a new and interesting angle and tells a tale of what might have happened, and in doing so opens up these stories to a whole new generation of readers. The book was originally marketed as a children's book, and then remarketed as adult fiction because of the content. The author claims it is just a book, and soon it will be a major motion picture due out in the fall of 2008. This is the story of two boys who lose everything they hold dear, yet the reality of their loss is completely different. Bruno's life is changed when his father is given a new job and they move from their five-story home in Berlin to a new home in the country that is only three stories tall. He has lost his 3 best friends in life, and his home with the banister and the attic window that looks out over all of Berlin. His new bedroom window looks over small huts in a fenced-in area where everyone wears striped pajamas. One day while being rebellious and doing what he should never do, he walks along the fence and meets a boy with whom he shares a birthday. Shmuel and Bruno meet most days and sit on the opposite sides of the fence and talk. As their friendship grows Bruno's youthful innocence is challenged. The novel is told in the third person narrative, but told from a nine-year- old's perspective. Though the reader knows that the story takes place at Auschwitz, Bruno cannot pronounce it, and misunderstood the name from the beginning. Yet in not naming the place the author leaves the story as a much broader tale. This book is extremely well-written; it takes the reader to a place and time we should never forget, and it reminds us of the human element in all stories. John Boyne has written a book that could become required reading for all school children, and maybe all adults should read it also, lest we forget. So pick it up and walk with Bruno and Shmuel as they develop a growing friendship just sitting and talking through a barbed- wire-topped chain link fence. (First Published in Imprint 2008-05-02.)
Date published: 2008-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple words tell unforgettable sadness The plot is simple but the ending is powerful. The sadness of war still lingers in the back of my mind. I highly recommend this book to all ages.
Date published: 2007-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perhaps he best book ever written! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas takes you on a journey back in time to 1942, as you watch the horrifying events of the Holocaust unfold before you, from the eyes of a nine-year-old. But not just any normal nine-year-old; no, this nine-year-old is different, for he is the son of Hitler’s personal Commandant, one of the most important leaders in Auschwitz during the time. As the reader quests through the brutal adventures of the Holocaust, he or she will learn just how inhumane the events of this time period actually were. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is told with such naïvety that readers will just appreciate the innocence of childhood. But those who have absolutely no background on the Holocaust and Jewish internment camps during the Second World War may not take away the clever puns from this story. In Bruno’s mind, the Fuhrer (Hitler’s name for Nazi leader) became the Fury, and Auschwitz became Out-With. The author, John Boyne, never actually refers to the names Fuhrer or Auschwitz outright in the story. He assumes his readers will catch on with his puns from the start but may assume wrongly. However, this book is still undoubtly the best I’ve ever read, as it has gone down as one of my few all-time-favorites.
Date published: 2006-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read This is a poignant and thought provoking book that can be appreciated by people of all ages. If you have an open mind and open heart, you will appreciate what John Boyne is saying within the confines of these pages. You truly feel what the characters are going through and I found that even after I was finished reading, my thoughts were with Bruno and his new friend. Once I began reading, I could not put the book down, needing to find out how the events would unfold. it is written from the point of view of a 9 year old, and thus, we are given information as he is realizing it, which only further accentuates the confusion, the naivity and the pure heart that he has.
Date published: 2006-08-13