I opened the first page of this book and was not sure what to expect....I did not listen to or look to any film reviews, although, I plead guilty to reading the back of the book, no doubt along with others...but thankfully, the information about the story left you wondering.... I found this book from start to finish a poignant, emotional,passionate and childlike naivity perspective of the WWII imprisonment of jews and their young families just about surviving across a barbed wire fence from some one under the employment of the Feurher, himself! I started the book not, at first, realising the use of the language that the children used to describe the visit of 'the Fury' and the 'Out-With'! Bruno, in his boredom and isolation, goes down to the permiter of the fence and befriends a boy, the same age as himself, dressed in striped pyjamas. They strike up a friendship across a fence! I urge everyone who has spirit and an understanding of the childlike quality in all of all to read this book and understand the childlike perspective that needs to be awakened in all of us in these, sometimes, dark and foreboding times! There is a little candle of hope out there if a certain message comes through! Wonderful book.....I had a bit of tear in my good eye at the end of this truly great read!!