- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: David Fickling Books; 1st Edition - 1st Printing edition (5 Jan. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 038560940X
- ISBN-13: 978-0385609401
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.5 x 20.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,455 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Hardcover – 5 Jan 2006
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A story of innocence existing within the most terrible evil, this is the fictional tale of two young boys caught up in events entirely beyond their control.
This work was set in 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 from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But, Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than what meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.See all Product description
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Subtly written from the simple perspective of Bruno, the horrors are still there but explained with child-like innocence.
I had to re-read the ending a couple of times even though I knew what happened - heartbreaking!
I'm glad I've read this and I hope I can help my daughter to understand the incomprehensible.
While I don't normally read books concerning wars or the holocaust, I really wanted to read this because I'd seen the film and the books films are based on are normally better. In this case, the book was indeed better than the already-brilliant film.
I think one of the most important things is, it makes you think. Not only is it about two young boys who form an incredible friendship despite their different backgrounds, it makes you remember the millions of victims of the holocaust and truly realise what a terrible thing it was. Also, I love the fact it's almost entirely focused on their friendship and that it's less about politics. It's so thought-provoking that even though they should be enemies and that if they understood what was happening at this time they would despise each other, they are innocent enough to form such a good friendship.
I'd recommend this book to anyone (except young children who don't already know about the holocaust) because it is just such a good read. Warning, if you're a sensitive person, it will break your heart and have you in tears by the end. I won't lie, I was.
This is a very sad but truthful story. It's about a nine-year-old boy called Bruno who lives in Germany in the middle of World War 2. His family is forced to move away from Berlin to 'Out-With' (their new home). Then he sees a fence around a bunch of people in striped pyjamas. My favourite chapter is Chapter 10 ('The dot that became a blob that became a figure that became a boy') because that is where everything starts.
I recommend this book to ages 10 and above because of the language and structure.
I am not the person to spoil it for anyone who will read this book after me but the ending really sucks.
Probably the best ending I've read for a while too. So innocently written, so much so that you hardly realise whats happening until its over.
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Very well written and told
Made me smile at times and made me feel sad
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