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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
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Aug 23, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: war-revolution, reviewed, historical, 2009, best-of-2009, bookclub-read, young-adult
Read in May, 2009

Two boys, one the son of a Nazi Commanadant, the other a Polish Jew, are separated by a fence, neither fully understanding its' chilling significance.

Seen through the eyes of 9 nine year old Bruno, the book is written in a jaunty style seemingly at odds with the seriousness of the subject matter. This has an unsettling effect on the reader - you know that there's something truely nasty waiting around the corner - while Bruno remains oblivious, wrapped up in his own childish concerns.

Other readers have criticised it for factual inaccuracies, but the emotional power of the ending is undeniable. For such a slim volume it punches well above its weight

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