What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil?
Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.
Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.
©2016 John Boyce (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
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"One of the best books I have ever read."
Yes. Loved the reader and characters.
Buddha in the attic and Farm and War Horse.
Yes but I don't have the time.
this is a brilliantly written book. children's perspective of things are usually overlooked and this book takes you back to a time when 9 year olds were innocent and not worldly wise as they seem to be today. thoroughly recommend this book
"Emotional and educational"
I learnt a lot from this book as well as it being a story that you could imagine happening. It also gives hope that future generations may not carry on our mistakes but going against taught behaviour and authority is hard.
How heart wrenching how it ended.
"Overall an amazing listen"
this book actually made me cry, all the emotions and back stories were just amazing. you definitely need to listen/read this book!
"The Boy in the striped pajamas"
Innocence versus the ultimate horror. This is a wonderful, touching story. Beautifully written, beautifully read. It will haunt you
"An important and terrifying fable still relevant"
It's probably quite important to understand that this is a novel and so there is a lot of artistic license taken with it by the author. That being said the main protagonist, nine-year-old Bruno was brilliantly written, a great juxtaposition of unwaning innocence and extreme cruelty in a time of brutality.
Having visited Auschwitz myself, the naive descriptions of the young boy is gut churning especially as he is so unaware of his fate. The reader does a great job in performing the role of an innocent child.
The most significant chapter, however, is the last one where the author himself describes the reasoning for his decisions as many feel that it was unrealistic and a little insensitive in dealing with the subject matter. It is a moral story about complacency and how easy it is to fall into patterns, so it is essential to read with an open mind.
"A Heartbreaking Story"
A great book that is well read! The story is about friendship no matter what their faith is - seen through the eyes of young boys during such a tragic part of human history !!!
"Simple, but powerful story, great narration."
One of the darkest years in the human history seen through innocent eyes of a nine year-old. Holocaust from the other side of the fence.
"How important can a book be?"
Answer: This has to be one of the most important book ever written. Everybody should read this book! I don't really like analysing books and hated literature at school for this reason. However, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas should be read in every school and should be discussed in relation to the historical event, current events and the reader's reactions and allegiances to the characters. It should promote discussion on the nature of prejudice. A wonderful book!
This is a beautifully written book looking at an horrific historical abhorrence through innocent eyes.
The two things that irritated me were the unfathomable volume changes in the readers voice and the 'emotive' music that ran over the end of some chapters.
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