Il bambino in cima alla montagna
Ma quella non è una villa come le altre e il momento storico è cruciale: siamo nel 1935 e la casa in cui Pierrot si ritrova a vivere è il Berghof, quartier generale e casa delle vacanze di ...more
Spending some time reading it myself now, after seeing the strange perception of history my son developed reading the above-mentioned Holocaust "fable" in school, I have decided I won't let him read this until he is old enough to discern the blatant mistakes, idiotic language, voyeuristic sensationalism, namedropping and Disneyfication of a ...more
1936 - Pierrot is such a good kid....at age seven, he doesn't even know the meaning of the word prejudice or hatred with a French mom, German pop and Jewish best buddy, but life as he knows it is soon turned upside down when he is orphaned and finds himself traveling alone by train from Paris to Austria to live with an aunt he has never met.
Meeting up with bullies....both young and old along the way....a naive Pierrot finds...more
Pierrot is a young boy whose mother is French and his dad is German. Torn between the two cultures still in the throes of the recovery after The Great War, Pierrot finds himself with a father who drinks to excess filled with anger over Germany's loss in WW ...more
John Boyne author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas returns with another children's novel set during The Second World War. The story is about a boy called Pierrot an orphan who must leave his home in Paris and travel to Germany to live with his Aunt Beatrix who is a servant in a house calll the Berghof at the top of a mountain.
John Boyne is a wonderful adult and Children's writter. In this Novel he tells the story the of the corruption of Innonence and the horrors of war that children can get ...more
Forget the links to Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as this is quite a different book all together , while it is set in WW2 and has the Fuhrer , the main character is very different and the book has a bit more meat to it than the simpler fable of The Boy in the striped Pyjamas. This is definitely a good thing. The predecessor is a brilliant book but trying to replicate it wouldn't have worked nearly as well.
The main character here is ...more
"Do you think they are good Germans?" he asked her then. "No, that's not a sensible question. I suppose that would depend on how you ...more
I really hated this book but at the same time I literally could not put it down. From the very beginning I had a gut feeling it was going to make me sad. But it also made me angry. Experiencing those conflicting emotions simultaneously made me uncomfortable and I think that is, simply put, what makes Boyne's writing so compelling.
He writes about the human condition with such audacity and incisiveness, yet its also clever and engrossing. In this case we have ...more
John Boyne is the author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, a book that showed the horror of concentration camps through the eyes of a child. In this new novel, Boyne has written a story in a similar vein (this time with more grit/violence) that shows the innocence and naiveté of childhood and how easily it can be corrupted.
This is a short novel (220-ish pages) but it's packed with a lot of food for thought as it tackles some serious issues. While this book is written for a youth ...more
I was always interested in history and WWII fascinated me in a horrible kind of way because I could never understand how almost a whole country, my country, could follow and believe a maniac and psychopath.
This is a story about WWII but more about the people and how they changed, what they did. And John Boyne has a extraordinary talent to capture people and their development in certain situations ...more
Set in Paris, year 1936, this story follows Pierrot, a 6 year old child of a French mother and a German father. After they both die, he is sent to live with his aunt in Germany, who is a housekeeper for Hitler at his mountain top retreat home.
The evolution of Pierrot throughout this novel is both scary and amusing to read about. ...more
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain was a disturbing yet beautiful read that explored the loss of childhood and innocence so well it gave me shivers!
John Boyne, the author, has a way with words that allows him to describe events by the point of view of his characters so well, and his books are worth reading just because of this. For example, instead of saying the seven year old main character, Pierrot, observed a swastika on the bands of boys in uniform, he'll say ...more
Just don't ever tell yourself that you didn't know.... That would be the worst crime of all.
This story helps to understand a little, the reason why so many people followed Hitler so blindly ...
The book is a historical fiction story that takes place during World ...more
The character in this book is not very likeable. The story follows a young book who moves from France to live with his aunt who works in Hitler's home. As the novel progresses we see Pierrot change from an innocent child to someone that craves power and acts cruelly to those around him. Although I ...more
This book, in the same way as The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, shows us more of the German side of the WW II. Or rather, it leads us through the story of Pierrot, born half-French and half-German, who finds himself being raised by an aunt in Austria.
Mostly it is a story on how nurture (upbringing) can sometimes take precedence over nature.
A bit at the end caught me by surprise, a good surprise. I will definitely be reading more of this author.
He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he won the Curtis Brown prize. In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by UEA.
John Boyne is the author of ten novels for adults and five for young readers, as well as a collection of short stories.
Katarina turned to him in amazement. 'No,' she said definitively, shaking her head. 'No Pieter, I never think that, not for a moment.”