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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
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Nov 22, 2016

it was amazing

I am surprised to see negative reviews of this heartbreaking story.

I will say that Bruno's continuing innocence and cluelessness were sometimes hard to accept. But the author's comments about that, which occur at the conclusion of the audio version, pretty much address the problem: We, today, know enough of what happened at the death camps. We forget that contemporary people did not -- and in many cases did not want to know. The world around us today contains its own atrocities (hopefully nowhere near as bad as in this story), and yet we too tend to be adept at pretending all is well, at least with the part of that world that has our loyalty.

The story had me from the very beginning, and carried me places I hated to go. But its portrayal was, I think, both authentic and beautiful. I was moved.

Subsequently, I went to youtube for clips of the movie version. I saw enough of that to know it would be a disappointment. The book, however, I will likely read again.

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November 21, 2016 – Finished Reading
November 22, 2016 – Shelved

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