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El niño en la cima de la montaña

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  9,577 ratings  ·  1,394 reviews
París, 1935. Los primeros siete años de la vida de Pierrot, de padre alemán y madre francesa, están marcados por el candor de una infancia no muy distinta de la de cualquier otro niño. Pero al igual que para millones de personas, la guerra lo cambiará todo. Tras la muerte prematura de sus padres, Pierrot tiene que abandonar París y separarse de su íntimo amigo Anshel, un n ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 2016 by Salamandra (first published September 24th 2015)
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Siobhan I would say 10+ all the way up to adults . Very accessibly written, but I think you have to understand the context (and by that I don't just mean…moreI would say 10+ all the way up to adults . Very accessibly written, but I think you have to understand the context (and by that I don't just mean factual knowledge of WWII but also emotional understanding and of the impacts on people) to really get the most out of this book.(less)
Ruyman_S In my opinion, we cannot compare both books, because they are written from different points of view. Both are cruel, but the former book is more…moreIn my opinion, we cannot compare both books, because they are written from different points of view. Both are cruel, but the former book is more scareful than the second. I saw the consequences of the power of Hitler.(less)

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Lisa
This is an unfortunate book, and I regret buying it for my son as a complement to a class novel he recently read in school, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

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 ti
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Marialyce
Some things we do as a child we are proud of. Some things we do as a child we are ashamed of. Can we learn as we grow to cover the shame and only remember the good, or are we destined to bring that shame along with us until the end of our days?

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
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Carol
Oh boy......THE BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN......really surprised me.

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

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Dem
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2, war


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 ca
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Hans
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very moving story about a boy who meets Hitler in person. And is influenced by Hitler's thoughts and actions. Incredibly well told!
Paul
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short novel but intriguing and disturbing in equal measures.
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 Pierr
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❄️Nani❄️
Chilling.

I’ve yet to read a John Boyne novel and be disappointed.
Cody
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You know why people wear uniforms, don't you, Pierrot?' continued the chauffeur. The boy shook his head. "Because a person who wears one believes he can do anything he likes. He can treat others in a way he never would while wearing normal clothes. Collars, trench coats, or jackboots, uniforms allow us to exercise our cruelty without ever feeling guilt." (93)

"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 defin
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Rita Araújo
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Just don't ever tell yourself that you didn't know.... That would be the worst crime of all.”
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Cognitive dissonance, my old friend.



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 Pi
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
4.5/5 stars

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 audi
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Bridget
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book waiting in the tbr pile for ages. I should have read it much sooner. I really enjoyed this take on a war story. Poor Pierrot, so nieve, such a tragic start in life, his father run over by a train and then his beloved mother dies of consumption. His only friend is the little boy downstairs but his family cannot afford to take Pierrot in and so he is sent off to an orphanage. It is all pretty awful for him. Then, via a traumatic train journey, he ends up in Hitler's Berghaus o ...more
Eileen
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’d had my sights on this one for a while, as A History of Loneliness by John Boyne ranks high among my favorites. The Boy on the Mountain is a young adult book, and, though a bit simplistic, it paints an unsettling picture. The story centers on a young orphan who is sent to live with his aunt, a servant in Hitler’s household. Thus begins a subtle erosion of personal values as well as an ebbing of integrity wrought by the protagonist Perriot’s association with Hitler and his insane, distorted wo ...more
Daniel
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed John Boyne’s other novel ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ so I decided to pick this up to see if he could surprise me with another great WW2 story again.

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 abo
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Carmen
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the eve of IIWW and after his father, a drunken German soldier, is killed by a train, his French mother dies of consumption, orphaned Pierrot passes from place to place like a parcel, until he is eventually taken in by his aunt, a housekeeper in Austria.Seven-year-old Pierrot finds himself in a large mountain retreat where the staff are terrified of the approach of “the master”. Adult readers will soon realise that the house is Hitler’s Berghof. There Pierrot must forget his French self,the b ...more
elisabeth
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
{ actual rating: 4.5 stars }
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 th
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Mayy Wilde-Shakespeare
After reading " The boy in the stripped pyjama ", I was looking forward to reading this book by the same author in school. I really did enjoy this story, mainly because WW 2 interests me a lot (living and having grown up in Germany), and I thought that it was a great example of how a child like Pierrot would have felt having someone as important as Hitler at the time take interest in him and make him feel important. It gives you a perspective of the Hitler-Jugend and makes you understand it bett ...more
Terri (Le Book Chronicles)
This book was amazing. I highly recommend it if you're interested in WWII or if you liked The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (even though this book is nothing like that apart from the WWII links). Click here for my full review on my blog.
Vanessa Garden
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I'm blown away by this one. Read it in a single afternoon. Absolutely amazing story that is as shocking as it is beautiful. I'll be passing this ARC on to my 13 year old daughter next. Again, wow! I'm feeling so many emotions right now. Well done, John!
Ângela
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii

“Just don't ever tell yourself that you didn't know.... That would be the worst crime of all.”

Great book...

This story helps to understand a little, the reason why so many people followed Hitler so blindly ...
OliviaK_C2
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Boy at the Top of the Mountain" is an incredible and emotional story about a 8 year old boy spending 8 years of his life in Adolf Hitlers mansion. Pierrot, the protagonist, becomes an orphan when his dad dies from being run over by a train, and his mom dies from a severe disease. He has no where to go until one day, his aunt, a maid at the mansion, tells him to come live with her. Throughout his stay there, he changes from an innocent, cheerful boy to a harmful and serious teenager who has ...more
Pallavi
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
****4.5****
Review soon
Lone Matz
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a very emotional Story. I just love the way Boyne writes, he has a certain way with words that goes straight to the heart.
Stephen
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
have to admit really enjoyed this book based in pre war paris and southern germany/austria where an orphan pierrot goes to live with his aunt beatrix and she is the housekeeper in hitlers berghof and this sets off the change from innocence to the horrors of what a person can become as they get dragged into something evil as pieter as he becomes gets more influence by hitler and the isolated location and how he gets afar away from reality. then the realisation later of what has happened and the g ...more
Carina Pereira
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are always two sides to every story.

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.
Renae Leonie
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-read-2016
4.5 ⭐ A confronting moving book that looks at the corruption of innocence and how we can become complicit in terrible deeds by simply not speaking out against them. The ending was beautifully emotional, yet open and leaves you with a powerful message to continue to ponder on. Another wonderful young readers novel. Highly recommend for young people and adults alike! ...more
16KiteM
I thought that this book was quite good, but some parts of it i didn't like. I really started to dislike the main character in the middle of the story,but i think this was the point of the story,to show the influence of war on people. However this stopped me from liking the book as much as i could have, so thats why i have rated it 3 out of 5. I wouldn't recommend this group to young people, but i would to people aged 13 and above.
Nele
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really easy to read.
This book sweeps you up, you become so invested.

It's nice to get another point of view regarding the war. You get it from Pierrot who is the child of a German father and a French mother. He becomes an orphan and is ultimately sent off to his aunt in Austria, where she works for the Führer.
It's really sad to see the change in Pierrot, from this sweet French child to this indoctrinated German soldier. And it goes to show that humans can be easily influenced. It's sad but true
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Constanze Zietz
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
This was a very intense read. The story is frightening and heartbreaking. John Boynes writing is very on the point and he creates a very dark and tense atmosphere with words. I would have loved a few more chapters to go deeper into the plot but, other than that, liked the book very much.
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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 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.

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“Don't you ever think,' he asked cautiously, 'that it would be better to be a bully than to be bullied? At least that way no one could ever hurt you.'

Katarina turned to him in amazement. 'No,' she said definitively, shaking her head. 'No Pieter, I never think that, not for a moment.”
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