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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
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bookshelves: real-life-horror, sad-depressing, heartbreaking, rot-in-hell-hitler

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My daughter read this book with her eighth-grade class and encouraged me to give it a try. She said that it would make me cry. Well, it didn't...but it was a good, enjoyable story nonetheless. Perhaps "enjoyable" isn't the best word to describe this book, considering the subject matter (Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz). Nine-year-old Bruno lives with his mother, father and sister in a huge house in Berlin. One day, much to his surprise and great consternation, the maid packs up his belongings and informs him that the family is moving. Bruno is miserable at his new, smaller house. From his bedroom window, he sees a "nasty-looking place"--a barbed-wire fence enclosing hundreds of boys and men who are all dressed in striped pajamas. Curious, he inquires about this odd group of people. "...they're not people at all, Bruno," his father (the commandant) informs him. Before long, Bruno begins exploring the area and walks over to the fence. He finds and befriends an emaciated boy his age. He visits him often, bringing him food and snacks whenever possible. The boy in the striped pajamas becomes his well-guarded secret. Kept in ignorance, Bruno has no comprehension of the things that happen on the other side of the fence. But one day he will find out the hard way.

This is a simplistic, yet engaging, story. Towards the end I was truly overcome with a sense of dread as I anticipated the events to come. The bitter irony and poetic justice is horrifying and memorable. It's a poignant reminder that true evil exists in the world. But of course, "...nothing like that could ever happen again. Not in this day and age." Hmmmm....
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Reading Progress

May 26, 2016 – Started Reading
May 26, 2016 – Shelved
May 26, 2016 –
20.0% "My daughter says this one will "make me cry." We'll see.... :-)"
May 29, 2016 –
May 29, 2016 – Finished Reading
May 31, 2016 – Shelved as: real-life-horror
May 31, 2016 – Shelved as: sad-depressing
May 31, 2016 – Shelved as: heartbreaking
May 31, 2016 – Shelved as: rot-in-hell-hitler

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Kelly (and the Book Boar) Excellent review!

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Kimberly Great review!

Angel Gelique Thanks, Kelly! Thanks, Kimberly!

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