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A READ TO REFLECT ON,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Hardcover)When I bought this book I wasn't sure what to expect; the blurb was very secretive about the content of the book. I was reading it with the thought of passing it on to my year 6 class, to try and lure them away from J.Wilson's teen-reads!
At first, it felt like a light read, for a book which says it isn't suitable for nine year olds; however, it becomes a lot darker the further you get into the story. As an adult, you can see beyond what the child sees and hears (this can be disturbing at times). I could not put this book down and read it in two days!
I won't spoil the ending for those who choose to buy it. The book as a whole left me thinking, which is a good thing. I am not sure if I would recommend it to the majority of my 11 year olds;however, I think a mature child would find it a thoughtful read.
I will be passing it on to one or two adults and children; I also think I may read it again in time I think a second reading may bring more subtext to the suface.
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2008 14:03:40 GMT
S. Hodges says:
This review was useful - my son has enjoyed having the book read to the class in Year 9 RE lessons.
Posted on 8 Dec 2008 12:03:03 GMT
W. Callear says:
I would have written an almost identical review, right down to deciding it would only be suitable for a few of my year 6 class. I have passed my copy on to countless adults, who were all enthralled, shocked, stunned, troubled and many other emotions mixed in. We all read it in one go; the simple language enables the average reader to get through it in half a day. It has been a real talking-point at social events. Personally, I have no wish to see the film, but I would urge anyone who might see it to read the book first. 'Enjoy' is not quite the right word. I would be interested to hear of anyone who can come up with the most appropriate one.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2009 12:31:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Aug 2009 12:34:02 BDT
Dick Pearson says:
I can think of a couple of perfect words but Amazon has rules about language! However, I am glad to see you mention year 6 because this is probably the only age group for which this book is suitable.
I would actually recommend that you do see the film because I was pleasantly suprised by it - I had low hopes having found the book trite and condescending beyond belief but the film was well acted and faithful to the intent of the book.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2009 14:15:16 BDT
H. Warburg says:
I too am thinking about this as a Year 6 reading book. Would you say that the content is too heavy then? thanks for your time. Best regards.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2010 09:59:02 BDT
Keren David says:
If you are recommending this book to Y6 I hope you will explain to them that this book is far from historically accurate; and encourage them to imagine and sympathise with the real victims of the holocaust, the millions of murdered Jewish children, not some imaginary German.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2010 09:51:52 BDT
Philip S. Walker says:
This book and everything surrounding it is a complete scandal. If someone wants to write a "fable" or an "allegorical story", they should have the decency to place their little literary experiment it in a different setting than the biggest genocide in human history. Then again it probably wouldn't sell. What Boyne has achieved here is to appeal to millions of people who have no real clue about the concentration camps and really don't want to know. They just want a sentimental little story that can make them weep at bedtime. Well, that's sweet enough in itself, but the story of the KZ camps is not a matter for sweetness, sorry.
What we need is for the Germans to start addressing these issues themselves.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2011 13:11:57 BDT
''...to appeal to millions of people who have no real clue about the concentration camps and really don't want to know....What we need is for the Germans to start addressing these issues themselves.''
i don't think the overall narrow-mindedness and prejudice of your comment is of help to anyone. i'm sure the majority of 'the Germans' are incredibly ashamed about what happened.
i, for one very learned on the subject, thought this a careful, well thought, thought provoking and delicate impression on the innocence and doubt of childhood during such an awful time in history. i would be happy for my child to read it in class.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 01:29:24 GMT
Mr. TC Kong says:
If this book were presented to Year 6 children as a comprehensive overview of the horrors of the Holocaust, then I would sympathise with your concerns. On the other hand, if it used merely as an introduction to the subject, with an explanation that this is, in fact, a fictional account set in a very real context, then it should prove very useful as a starting point for debate and study of one particularly gruesome example of "man's inhumanity to man".
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 01:39:05 GMT
Mr. TC Kong says:
I have watched the film twice so far, once at the cinema, and (more recently) on dvd. I have yet to read the book (just ordered online today from amazon.co.uk and awaiting delivery), but the impression I get from those who have both read the book and seen the film (including the author, who talks about it in an interview in one of the bonus features on the dvd), is that the film is very close to the book, but with the addition of a few scenes, which themselves are in keeping with the spirit of the book.
I agree that "enjoy" is probably not the most appropriate word to describe my own reaction to the story. The innocence of the friendship between the two boys is touching, and renders the ending (of the film, at least) even more heart-breaking!
Posted on 9 Oct 2013 21:28:15 BDT
Cs Trainee says:
Seen the movie, haven't read the book... thought provoking, must read..no matter how the story is told...We cannot steer away from the fact that all this happened in modern history and continued in China, Cambodia, Iraq and Ruanda...man, dictators, greed, pure evil....whats next
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