The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is essentially a children's book, dealing with adult themes.
I picked it up in a bookstore, and all that was on the front cover, was stripes. I didn't have a clue what it was about. I feel quite fortunate about that, as I had a different experience to those who may have seen alternative book jackets, or the recent film that came out.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is so well told, as the story starts to unfold. Told from the perspective of a young child who doesn't quite understand their environment, or what is happening...their descriptions are innocent, and that is where the tragic charm this book delivers starts. I read it one sitting, on a flight across the atlantic. When I finished, I felt that I had read something profound and important, and I just wanted to hug someone.
I hope you find my Boy in the Striped Pyjamas book review helpful...in the never-ending quest for the next book to read (you'll also find links to buy the book, to help make your life easier).
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This is one of those books that makes you think about life - it's affirming and makes you think about what you have, and just how lucky we are and how much we take for granted.
Buy "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne...it will be the best book you've read this year!
The beauty of this book is that the story is fantastically and creatively told. It's a very easy read and it contains themes that will stay with you a long time after you've finished the book. If I could make some sort of law, whereby you had to read this book in the next year, I would - I really believe it's that good!
I found The Boy in the Striped Pajamas so beautifully written. As the book is told through the eyes on a 9 year old, Bruno - we are never really given the whole facts about something, as he is too young to understand the complexity of his surroundings. His naivity is used as a literary device to mislead us. He describes things with such non-chalance, that someone with more years, who understands, wouldn't be able to without noting the serious nature of what is before him (sorry, about the vagueness - trying really hard not to spoil it for you).
"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" - What Did I Think?
I found The Boy in the Striped Pajamas very accessible, and so very tenderly written by John Boyne - writer of such books as and The Thief of Time. Notably, his work has also been translated into seventeen languages! I feel bad classifying The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as a children's book - as I was reading, I began to feel that its themes were perhaps more provocative for adults, I'm not sure if young minds could fully appreciate the profundity of what happens - I suppose that's half of its charm. Next of Kin
John Boyne's Pajamas Story will captivate you...
I'm not planning on giving anything away, so all I'm going to say about what The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is about, is this... The book is told from the perspective of Bruno, a 9 year old boy. He has to move home, once he is settled, he meets a boy, coinidentally the same age as well as the same birthday as him. It's like they could have been twins. In their life, they share a fence. That's all I'm saying.
John Boyne's "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" will move you...
When I started reading the Boy in the Striped Pajamas, I wouldn't say I was totally captivated. It was interesting, so I didn't stop - but suddenly as I got towards the end of the book, the plot raced towards me like a bullet train, making my heart race and emotions turn. Again, I hate to describe this book as a children's book - it's so much more than that. Elements of the book shocked me, the ending of the book moved me.
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" should be used in Schools!
It wouldn't surprise me if this book gets taken on as a set text in schools. As a comparison to other texts and books set around the same time, it stands up significantly. Be sure to check out the other recommendations to go with this book, along the right hand side of this page.
I really hope this book becomes a true classic of young literature, it certainly deserves to be. It would be a tragedy if this book remained on bookshelves, forgotten and faded into the distance. I'm so happy I've had the privilege to read this book.
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" is excellent for developing readers
The paperback is only 216 pages. This may sound like a lot, but there is not a great deal of text on each page - so for any child or young adult looking for books that won't make them feel intimidated by the amount of text on a page, this book is ideal!
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