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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. By John Boyne. Published: David Fickling Books . ISBN: This Large Print Book has been. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Boyne, John () Hardcover [John Boyne] on The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition) by Markus Zusak Hardcover $ The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas [John Boyne] on *FREE* shipping on Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a Holocaust novel by Irish novelist John Boyne. Unlike the months of planning Boyne devoted to his other books, he said . “It's a great book, energetic, vivid, and amazing in the scope of its appeal. In the space of download The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas at the following on-line retailers. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Berlin When Bruno returns home from schoo .

He lives with his parents, his year-old sister Gretel and maids, one of whom is called Maria. Bruno is initially upset about moving to Out-With in actuality, Auschwitz [4] and leaving his friends, Daniel, Karl and Martin. From the house at Out-With, Bruno sees a camp in which the prisoners wear "striped pyjamas" prison clothes. One day, Bruno decides to explore the strange wire fence. As he walks along the fence, he meets a Jewish boy named Shmuel, who he learns shares his birthday. Shmuel says that his father, grandfather, and brother are with him on this side of the fence, but he is separated from his mother. Bruno and Shmuel talk and become very good friends, although Bruno still does not understand very much about Shmuel and his side of the fence.

So maybe these are fussy issues, and I shouldn't trash the book on these minor linguistic flaws. Instead, I can start with the plot holes big enough to drive a truck through: that Bruno, whose father is a high-ranking official in "The Fury"'s regime, doesn't know what a Jew is, or that he's living next door to a concentration camp.

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Or that the people wearing the "striped pajamas" are being killed, and THAT's why they don't get up after the soldiers stand close to them and there are sounds "like gunshots.

Or that Bruno's friend Shmuel, a frail 9-year-old boy, would survive over a year in a Nazi camp.

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Or even the author's refusal to ever use the word "Auschwitz," in an effort to "make this book about any camp, to add a universality to Bruno's experience. I can't speak to most of what he said, because it was a lot of "here are all the places that are hyping my book," but the worst part of it, to me, was where he was addressing criticisms: "there are people who complain that Bruno is too innocent, too naive, and they are trivializing the message of this book.

I'm not trivializing the message; I'm objecting to his trivializing of the Holocaust. I find his treatment of the Holocaust to be superficial, misleading, and even offensive.

As an audio recording, I'm pretty neutral. The narrator did the best he could with the material and there was some differentiation between the characters' voices, but the music that was added Other chapters had no music at all. Sometimes the music appeared in the middle of a chapter. Two other incidental notes: first, normally you can't say anything negative about a Holocaust-themed book without being an asshole, because the books are so tied in with the Holocaust itself.

In this case, though, I feel like, due to the fictionalizing of it, the book is far enough removed from Auschwitz that it's okay to be negative about the book without being insensitive about the Holocaust.

Second, this doesn't land on my "run away! Add your rating See all kid reviews. What's the story?

When Bruno is forced to move away from his enormous Berlin home with his family, his life changes forever. Besides moving into a smaller house with no "nooks and crannies" to explore, besides having no one to play with except for his older sister also known as the "Hopeless Case" , he's surrounded by soldiers that are constantly in and out of his father's downstairs office as well as other grown-ups who always seem angry or unhappy.

Bruno misses his friends, his grandparents, and the city itself. And he doesn't understand what's going on around him.

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He hates everything about "Out-With" and is very lonely until he meets the boy on the other side of the fence. As they search the camp, both children are rounded up along with a group of prisoners on a "march".

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They are led into a gas chamber, which Bruno assumes is simply shelter from the outside rainstorm. In the gas chamber , Bruno apologizes to Shmuel for not finding his father and tells Shmuel that he is his best friend for life.

It's unknown if Shmuel answers him, because as soon as the door is closed, the lights go out and all is chaos. However, Bruno is determined that even in chaos, he will never let go of Shmuel's hand.

Kathryn Hughes , writing in The Guardian , calls the novel "a small wonder of a book". While she comments on "the oddness of Auschwitz security being so lax that a child prisoner could make a weekly date with the commandant's son without anyone noticing", she describes the novel as "something that borders on fable", arguing that "Bruno's innocence comes to stand for the willful refusal of all adult Germans to see what was going on under their noses".

Nicholas Tucker , writing in The Independent , calls the novel "a fine addition to a once taboo area of history, at least where children's literature is concerned.

The Boy In Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne – review

It provides an account of a dreadful episode short on actual horror but packed with overtones that remain in the imagination. Plainly and sometimes archly written, it stays just ahead of its readers before delivering its killer punch in the final pages.

Ed Wright, writing in The Age of Melbourne, calls the novel "a touching tale of an odd friendship between two boys in horrendous circumstances and a reminder of man's capacity for inhumanity".

Scott , writing in The New York Times , questioned the author and publisher's choice to intentionally keep the Holocaust setting of the book vague in both the dust jacket summary and the early portion of the novel, writing: To recreate those experiences faithfully might require undoing some of the readers' preconceptions".

However Scott felt this undermined the work, saying: There is something awkward about the way Boyne manages to disguise, and then to disclose, the historical context".

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Scott concludes that "[T]o mold the Holocaust into an allegory, as Boyne does here with perfectly benign intent, is to step away from its reality". Rabbi Benjamin Blech offered a historical criticism, contending that the premise of the book and subsequent film — that there could be a child of Shmuel's age in Auschwitz — was impossible, writing of the book: Blech acknowledges the objection that a " fable " need not be factually accurate; he counters that the book trivializes the conditions in and around the death camps and perpetuates the "myth that those [ Students who read it, he warns, may believe the camps "weren't that bad" if a boy could conduct a clandestine friendship with a Jewish captive of the same age, unaware of "the constant presence of death".