The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Powerful and unsettling As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank USA Today Berlin When Bruno returns home from school one day he discovers that his belongings are

  • Title: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • Author: John Boyne
  • ISBN: 9780307494238
  • Page: 147
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 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 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.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. I hardly know where to begin bashing this book. Do I start with the 9-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister, who read about 6 and 8, respectively? The imperial measurements (miles, feet) despite the German setting? The German boy, raised in Berlin, who thinks that Der Führer is "The Fury" and Auschwitz is "Out-With," despite being corrected several times and seeing it written down? The other English-language idioms and mis-hearings, despite our being told that he speaks only German? And that [...]

    2. 3.5*I didn't love this, but I did appreciate the fact that it had a very powerful message (and an ending I wasn't expecting at all). My feelings were definitely changed by the fact that the author describes the story as a fable. The abstractness makes a lot more sense in that way. Definitely an unforgettable read, nonetheless!

    3. "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" would easily top my list of "Worst Books about the Holocaust."I am writing as one who was there -- I was once myself a boy in striped pajamas and am a survivor of six German concentration camps. This book is so ignorant of historical facts about concentration camps that it kicks the history of the Holocaust right in the teeth.John Boyne's premise is that the nine-year old son of the commandant of Auschwitz, bored with his isolated life, takes walks to the fence s [...]

    4. As Michael Kors once sighed to a clueless designer on Project Runway: Where do I start? Let's open with some descriptive words that sum up this book, and I will then go on to explain them in further detail: Patronizing. Insipid. Smarmy. Just plain bad. Patronizing: I believe that to write good children's literature, you have to think that children are intelligent, capable human beings who are worth writing for - like Stephen King, who probably thinks kids are smarter than adults. The author of T [...]

    5. Found this in a charity shop and couldn't put it down.So sad. Really loved it. Had no idea it would end how it did.

    6. "Of course all this happened a long time ago and nothing like that could ever happen again. Not in this day and age."A bond that defies expectations but results in devastating consequences, this heart-aching tale follows the friendship between Bruno and Shmuel during the Holocaust in the second world war. A fable told through the voice of a child, but not just any child. Some books are simply burned into your memory.I've had an emotional bond with this novel -for many reasons- since the moment I [...]

    7. I seriously suggest you read about what happened to real children in the Holocaust. It won't fill your thoughts for many days or shock you; rather it will fill your LIFE and make you feel sick to the core of your being.Paul Friedlander, himself a survivor, recounts in his recent highly praised book the incident of 90 Jewish infants all under the age of five, orphaned after their parents were murdered in a mass shooting.These children were subjected to indescribable mistreatment for days.Then the [...]

    8. A powerful concept, but very poorly written (even allowing for the young adult target audience) - and one of a tiny number of books I can think of that was better in the film version.PlotBruno is 9 and lives in Berlin in 1943 with his parents and 12 year old sister. They are wealthy and his father is an important soldier who is promoted to be the Commandant at Auschwitz. The trick of the story is that Bruno doesn't realise the horror of what goes on behind the barbed wire, where everyone wears s [...]

    9. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is truly an amazing yet daunting novel that I will never forget. The author John Boyne did a masterful job of depicting the setting in such vivid detail and exposing the events in a manner that I felt a constant emotional pull as the story unfolded and impending doom lingered on the horizon.I was recommended this novel a while back while reading The Book Thief, but after finishing that story and experiencing such deep sadness, I knew I couldn’t jump into another [...]

    10. When I was very young, I lived in Romania. Because there was past drama in my family, I had three grandmothers and two grandfathers. I was close to two of my grandmothers and one of my grandfathers, because they lived near my mother, brother, stepfather and I.The other couple, I only saw during summers. They lived in the country, where there was no indoor bathroom, no internet, no chocolate and no sense of community (that I felt at the age of six). Every morning, I would wake up from the best of [...]

    11. Lincoln's doctor's dog. An archaic reference in the publishing industry to the notion that the way to ensure a book is a bestseller is to write about Lincoln, dogs, or doctors. This prompted one author to title his book which is about publishing in the 1930s Lincoln’s Doctor’s Dog.- From metaphordogsMaybe Lincoln, doctors and dogs have gone out of fashion; but children, the Holocaust and friendship are still the rage. So the sure-fire formula for creating a bestseller is to write a story abo [...]

    12. I have actually sat for five full minutes gazing at a blank page and wondering what to say about this book. Words don't usually fail me!It does of course deal with a very painful and shocking part of our history and there are criticisms about some alterations to the true facts. However The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is obviously intended for the younger end of the young adult range and the presentation needs to be fairly simplistic. Boyne himself describes it as a fable, that is a fiction story [...]

    13. I'll give it this much. Few books have caused me to actually shake SHAKE in anger. Wow. I think I need to go boil my eyeballs for a while. What was the author thinking?

    14. There are plenty of insightful reviews on this piece of sensationalist, badly written, idiotic Disneyfication of the Holocaust on . I don't have anything to add to the criticism, except that I would love to see it taken off the curriculum in schools.Here are my replacement suggestions:Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944When Hitler Stole Pink RabbitA Day of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in WarsawAnd of course for more mature students, I recommend Anne Frank, Elie W [...]

    15. I am bawling my eyes out. John Boyne, thank you for writing this. ❤️ I‘ve read many books about the Holocaust (I‘m German so I have been confronted with this topic from very early on) and this is by far my favorite one. I love the bond Schmuel and Bruno share and Bruno‘s innocence. While reading some particular scene I‘ve felt terribly guilty of what my country once has done. I wish I could undo all the horrible things that happened to innocent people ( including all people who were [...]

    16. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a Holocaust “fable” by the Irish writer John Boyne, in which a nine-year-old German boy named Bruno arrives at Auschwitz (or as the novel coyly and annoyingly calls it “Out-With”) when his father is named as the camp’s new commandant. Bruno is incredibly naïve (to the point where I began to wonder whether he might not be mentally retarded, in which case he would most likely have been murdered under the Nazi euthanasia program long before the timeline [...]

    17. There is nothing to learn from this book. There is much to dislike. From certain perspectives, it can even be said to be detestable.First of all, there is the authorial conceit that the work is written from the perspective of a child. The worst example of this come in the use of euphemisms for the Fuhrer ('the Fury') and for Auschwitz ('Out With') which become increasingly irritating as the work progresses. Bruno's 'difficulty' with these words is somehow supposed to charm us, and apparently giv [...]

    18. You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine.Since I am the last of the 4.357 gagillion readers out there to read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I won’t rehash what can be read in the blurb and I’m going to limit my review to the few points I found to be most important.This is a YA novel and the easy, simple way in which it is written really punctuates one of the main themes; the innocence and naiveté of children.At times I felt Bruno was a bit of a spoiled turd. I then [...]

    19. This story. I'm glad I finally read it. It's taken me years to pick it up and watching the movie last month gave me the nudge to finally read it. Actually seeing it was worse (in the movie) in terms of heartbreak and devastation. Such a powerful read, but not for the faint of heart.

    20. Another case of some unscrupulous bastard making money with overwrought dramatizations of real tragedies. The Holocaust was a crime beyond imagining, and tying in adorable children and cliched tales of ~Friendship~ would only make the book more tempting to those easily swayed by the spell of sentimentality.Urgh.

    21. Before the film, the stage play and now the ballet…came the original novel.‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ is a challenging story and at times difficult to read, due to the subject matter and the manner in which it is portrayed. This is a compellingly original and extremely well-conceived and written book. Without wishing to give anything away to anyone who has not yet read ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ – this is the story of Bruno, a 9 year old boy growing up in Germany at the t [...]

    22. I finished this book yesterday and I am still having trouble forming an opinion--but here it goes. I have thought about it a lot which is generally a sign of good writing, but in this case, maybe I am thinking about it because the book disturbed me.If I look at the Holocaust historical fiction genre as a whole, I am not sure what this book adds to the group. It does show another point of view, from the child of the Commandant of Auschwitz, but Bruno is so terrifically dense--naive well beyond hi [...]

    23. Onvan : The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - Nevisande : John Boyne - ISBN : 385751060 - ISBN13 : 9780385751063 - Dar 224 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2006

    24. When his father is promoted to Commandant in the German army and his family is transferred from their comfy home in Berlin to a strange place called Out-With, nine year-old Bruno has no idea of the true nature of his new surroundings. Indeed, he is also unaware of the horrors being perpetrated at the command of the German leader, the Fury, who visits the family one evening. He is unimpressed by the small man with his tiny ineffectual moustache.The dreaded concentration camp as seen through Bruno [...]

    25. Berlin 1942Bruno is 9 years old, and the Nazis horrific Final Solution to the "Jewish Problem" means nothing to him. He is completely unaware of the barbarity of Germany under Hitler. His father is promoted and he has to with his family to move in the near of Auschwitz-Birkenau. He believes that the people in the camp have a good life, until one day he meets Shmuel, a little b0y. Bruno wonders why Shmuel and the other people have blue striped pyjamas. They discover that they have some things in [...]

    26. No sé si debería hacer una reseña de este libro porque el editor específicamente decidió no hacerlo para no revelar nada sobre la historia… Supongo que podría tratar de revelar lo menos posible, tratando de imitar un poco el estilo del autorBruno es un niño de 9 años cuya vida está a punto de cambiar, verán el siempre ha vivido en una hermosa casa de 5 plantas en Berlín con Padre, Madre y su hermana la tonta de remate, pero debido a una orden del “Furias” (el jefe de Padre) el, [...]

    27. A heartbreaker of a story about the Holocaust told through the eyes of a naive nine year old Bruno, (his father is Commandant), who befriends a Jewish boy who lives on the OTHER side of the fence. The ending of this book is not one I will soon forget!

    28. Monica Edinger said: ** spoiler alert ** I don't see the point of this book at all. Doesn't work as an allegory, a fable, or anything else. The boy (both boys, for that matter) are naive beyond belief. The German boy's misuse of language is completely not credible. Want to give a kid a book on this topic? Anne Frank.I added: Completely agree, Monica. What I find so distressing is how many educators are making this part of the curriculum. They think it is a great and oh-so-moving book and are wor [...]

    29. Okay Guys! This became one of my favorite books of the year. I loved bruno from the beginning! The author did such a great job because every scene I had read was like a movie!Bruno was an amazing book character! I love his sister Gretel. His whole family was amazing. Bruno ask a lot of question in this book. (Which sounds a lot like me). But. WELL DONE JOHN BOYNE!!!!!! U made me sad!!!!(:

    30. I've had this book on my To-Read list for a long time, since I really enjoy reading books of this kind. I haven't seen the movie, and I really had no idea what to expect from this one. That being said, I wish I could have liked it more than I did. This story is told in 3rd person limited, from the perspective of a 9 year old boy. Bruno, our main character, is moved unexpectedly from his large home with 5 floors (if you count the basement and the little room with the high window at the top) in Be [...]

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