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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas | Paperback

Released on 01 February 2007

Author: John Boyne | Format: Paperback

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It is Berlin, year 1942. When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.

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| | See all ionaclio's reviews (8)

Nothing can prepare you for what happens in this book. It is a most delightful read with as the others have said, all the innocence of a child to behold. I defy anyone to read this book and not shed a tear.

 Oh My

| | See all buffyandeva's reviews (6)

This bookis the best book I have ever read.I watched the film first and it really shocked me at the end.I thought it was really really sad,and a good storyline.I then later read the book and thought it was good too.When I read the book I was a little dissapointed because I thought it would end the same as the film.I absolutely loved the film though!!!
What can I say?????

 Hauntingly Beautiful...

| | See all Millsa01's reviews (9)

9-year-old Bruno loves his beautiful home in Berlin, where he leads a happy life with his three best friends. One day Bruno gets back from school to find the family maid packing up his things. His Dad, who works for the 'Fury', has been given a new job and the whole family must move.
Bruno's new home is called 'Outwith' and Bruno doesn't like it there. Then he makes friends with Shmuel, who is also 9 and shares Bruno's birthday. A deep secret friendship develops between Bruno and Schmuel, with unexpected consequences.
This beautiful book will stay one step ahead of you all the way through, despite its simplicity, and linger in your mind.

 The Boy in the Stiped Pyjamas

| | See all audjac's reviews (6)

Totally gripping and beautifully written. A real must. It was like looking through a keyhole and watching the story imerge.

 charming in it's naïvity

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how difficult is it for a nine year old boy to understand the war, the holocaust? very difficult, because for a nine year old all these things seem and sound illogic and stupid: why should it be that way.
the examples in this story resemble how a child might think of something like a extermination camp in out-with (i.e. Auswitsch), ordered by the Fury (i.e. the Fuhrer).
good story and certainly a good read, and if you like it don't hesitate to read 'the book thief' by markus zusak. it's on another level, but also about the holocaust and a very beautiful story about humankind.

AuthorJohn Boyne
PublisherRandom House Children's Books (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 224 Pages