Monday, June 08, 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Young Adult

This is the story of nine year old Bruno. Bruno is a young Berliner whose father is in the German armed forces in the 1940s. He has to move for his father's work to an isolated house in the middle of nowhere. Bruno loves to explore and soon finds himself on the other side of a fence from a boy with the same birthday as himself. The other boy is dressed in striped pajamas and is hungry and dirty. All that Bruno wants is a friend.

This is a fabulous story about the naivety of the very young. I loved the wordplay also. Out-with the place that Bruno has to move to and The Fury is the head of the Nazis. Quite ingenious. However would one explain the concepts of the concentration camp to a child?

"Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never encounter one"

First Line: "One afternoon, when Bruno came home from school, he was surprised to find Maria, the family's maid - who always kept her head bowed and never looked up fro the carpet - standing in his bedroom, pulling his belongings out of the wardrobe and packing them in four large wooden crates, even things he'd hidden at the back that belonged to him and were nobody else's business."



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