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The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
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Despite all the hype about this book (and the film) I am unable to finish reading it due to it's poor quality.
It is written from a child's point of view using childish grammar, however this isn't an issue. The problem I have is the language, let me explain. It's written in English, but everyone in the story would be talking German. The main child refers to Hitler as "The Fury" instead of Fuhrer. So far so good, except, the German for fury is "Wut", which sounds nothing like the German word Fuhrer. Once I realised this I couldn't continue. I find it completely inexcusable.
This book could have been one of the best ever written, the storyline gives so much possibility for a true exploration of human behaviour and relationships. However, it just doesn't.