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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
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Feb 17, 11

bookshelves: fiction-on-facts, wwii-hitler-judism
Read in February, 2011

There is a disturbing lightness to this book that is caused by the narrator being a 9 year old boy. The horrors of the story are masked in his youth and his love for his father. Placed in Germany during WWII, the family is moved from their lovely neighborhood to "Out-With" by the "Fury" - a little man with a mustache so that his fsther can become the Commandant. Our hero hates his new home and is confused by the thousands of people in striped pajamas who live in one-story huts on the other side of a very high fence. Everyone tells him to "make the best of" his situation. One day while he is exploring along the fence and encounter a young boy sitting in the dirt on the other side of the fence and...the story unfolds from there.
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