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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  213,364 ratings  ·  13,524 reviews
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 stran
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Paperback, 215 pages
Published 2007 by Black Swan (first published 2006)
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Vonda Gardner The movie left a huge impression on me. That was why I read the book. It was easier to follow & understand. It is an important story, no matter…moreThe movie left a huge impression on me. That was why I read the book. It was easier to follow & understand. It is an important story, no matter the format. (less)
Fef (hatius hatius) Peixes After the father pieced together what happened to Bruno he didn't care about anything anymore. So soldiers came and took him away. and he said,"I…moreAfter the father pieced together what happened to Bruno he didn't care about anything anymore. So soldiers came and took him away. and he said,"I don't care what they do to me." So i guess that he was taken by ally soldiers to hold him for what he did to all those Jewish people. Or, the German Soldiers took him away for not doing his job after Bruno died. Hope that helped.(less)
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Brandy
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 h ...more
Madeline
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
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Wayne
Feb 10, 2011 Wayne rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wayne by: I'm too kind to say
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
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Arlene
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 no
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Peter Kubicek
"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
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Betsy
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?
Cecily
A powerful concept, but very poorly written (even allowing for the young adult target audience) - and the only book I can think of that was better in the film version.

Bruno 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 striped pyjamas, even
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Bibliophile
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 of the book ...more
Nandakishore Varma

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 www.metaphordogs.org

Maybe 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 sto
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Al Bità
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
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J-Lynn
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
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Bill
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Antonio
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 autor



Bruno 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, con toda su famil
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Cheryl Klein
Nov 09, 2008 Cheryl Klein added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who need a reason to stab their eyes out
Shelves: children-s
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Priscilla
SO SAD. T__T

Initial thoughts:
1. Well...the book wasn't as sad as the movie. Although the subject matter is heavy, the POV from the 9 year old main character somewhat counteracted that.
2. Because the story follows the journey of Bruno, the book had a consistently had an innocent and naive quality to it. The story never got particularly graphic or dark.
3. Really liked the different dynamics between the characters. From Bruno's interaction with Maria and Pavel, to Lieutenant Kotler, and Shmuel. Gen
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Dianne Ascroft
Jan 25, 2009 Dianne Ascroft rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in historical fiction
I decided to read this book because a friend told me that, in some respects, it reminded her of my novel, ‘Hitler and Mars Bars’. So I wanted to find out what she meant. The most obvious similarity is that the main character in each book is a German boy who is caught up in the events of the Second World War.
Both books are simply written but effective and moving. Unlike my own book, Boyne’s novel is completely unadorned. Yet it also captures the character’s emotions and the situation he finds h
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Becky
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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Emily
I feel very emotionally manipulated and I don't like that at all.

I knew the ending of this book was going to be sad. It wasn't what I thought would happen; it's probably the farthest from what I thought. And yes it's sad but I feel like I have no choice but to be sad. This book was not really about the Holocaust, it really was not about the relationship between a German boy and a Jewish boy during the Holocaust--it was a book that was just built up to that second to last chapter with the only p
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Hadrian
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.
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

What an incredible story! John Boyne has created innocent, naïve Bruno and given him a powerful story to tell. This moving book should be required reading for everyone.

Set in the 1940's in Berlin, Germany, the story centers around a nine-year-old German boy named Bruno. His family leaves Berlin to move to the country because his father has been reassigned by the "Fury." Bruno's youth and innocence has protected him from the harsh
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Kelly H. (Maybedog)
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Britany
A young adult story relating the Holocaust in the most innocent narrative. My heart just about broke every time little Bruno misunderstood something relating to "Out With" house- a concentration camp. (AKA Auschwitz) Bruno is nine years old and suddenly his father moves his entire family to Poland to oversee this camp. Bruno can see from his window the people beyond the fence wearing grey striped pajamas. Eventually, he starts to explore along the fence-line and comes face to face with another l ...more
Carol
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!
Martine
I wanted to like this book. I really did. After all, how can one fail to be drawn in by a story about a German boy, the son of a high-ranking Nazi officer, who makes friends with a Jewish boy at Auschwitz, only to fail to understand his new friend's situation and meet a gruesome end with him? It's a great premise with plenty of scope for drama. A writer looking to fictionalise ignorance of the Holocaust would be hard-pressed to come up with a better idea.

Sadly, I found myself rather underwhelmed
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Ceci
Jun 21, 2008 Ceci rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who want to learn more about themselves
I think this is a wonderful book. The naivety and simplicity of the protagonist which affects the story as well is a narrative gimmick... and it works well, throwing the horrors of the holocaust into stark contrast. It's a dark adult fable, and I dare say that an adult reader will get more of it than an adolescent. At times, the narrative is almost like poetry, with the many ellipses and phrases that are repeated over and over again.

I also believe that this is an important book for the German d
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Jonathan
I know that this is supposed to be a fable, but nonetheless I found the environment that Boyne created highly disturbing. The fact that Bruno's father was a top Nazi officer and that he met Hitler should have exposed Bruno to the hatred inherent in Nazi ideology. Ignorance can certainly be blissful, but when it comes at the hands of so many deaths it is disturbing.

My fear is that a fictionalized account of the Holocaust, such as this one, will take away from the facts and horrors of what happene
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Stephanie
I struggled with rating The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -- which is rather unusual for me.

The book was a page-turner and a tear-jerker. (view spoiler)

The concept of the story was unique. A 9 year old German boy whose father is a high-ranking soldier in the SS moves with his family to a house outside of Auschwitz and "befriends" a boy on the other side of the fence.

For these reasons, I did like the book.

However, so
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Farzana
Irritatingly simple, even though it was aimed at kids, it insulted the reader's intelligence time and time again. The unreliable character was also irritating and completely dense when it came to ANYTHING at all. In the end, he deserved what happened! (I don't want to spoil the story!) But being an English teacher, I WILL NOT be encouraging my students to read this book!

And to the teacher who raved about it: read some REAL fiction!
Rossy
2.5 stars
I'm torn between liking it and hating it.
I'll try to justify the author making Bruno so naive and innocent and ~ignorant~ by thinking that he wanted to show us that people, then and now, choose to be ignorant about what's happening around them. And the final words, "Of course this happened a long time ago and nothing like that could ever happen again. Not in this day and age", is meant as total sarcasm, because it DOES happen, and we have to must keep the memory alive to stop it.
It was
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K.B.L.
In the jacket summary, the author claims that the book is not for children, (and yet it is found in the children/young adult section) and that the book is meant to teach adults something. Then he states that he "didn't want to tell what the book was about because it would spoil it"--thus there *is* no actual summary...
But by the third chapter, I wondered just how stupid he thought that the readers were. Word usage, such as where they move being "Out With" and "Fury" (which makes no sense because
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John Boyne (born 30 April 1971 in Dublin) is an Irish novelist.

He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. But it was during his time at Trinity that he began to get published. To pay his way at that stage of his career, he worked at Waterstone's, typing up his drafts by night.

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