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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
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Feb 04, 12

bookshelves: boy-protagonist, historical-fiction, thought-provoking, ya-novel
Read in February, 2012

John Boyne is quite a gifted writer. This book is written from the perspective of the nine-year-old son of a Commandant in Hitler's army and Boyne never breaks the illusion. Bruno moves with his family from Berlin to "Out-With" and there meet a boy his own age on the other side of the fence. The narrator is rather naive, but the book is written in such a way that the reader infers all the information they're supposed to glean between the lines. This is Holocaust literature, but almost reads more like a fable simply because the coincidental events seem impossible: a young Jewish boy has time to sit alone by a fence each day without anyone noticing and the fence just happens to have a weak spot where a child can fit underneath. Just because the situation is improbable does not mean that this story loses its validity. Boyne creates a moving story relevant to our time.
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