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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us ...Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
Dale T

Well worth reading

by Dale T on Jan 31, 2013

A short simple tale - so very simple - but so wonderfully told; sad, disturbing and satisfying. A very approachable and believeable point of view of the horror of the Holocaust. I could not recommend this book more highly.

Danny

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

by Danny on Apr 12, 2012

This book is a very easy, quick read. It is written with older children in mind. It will introduce them to a dark time in world history and the unbelievable cruelty of war and persecution.

sd6161

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by sd6161 on Mar 8, 2010

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a fable about the Holocaust. It is written for teenage or young adult readers. The story centers around a young boy[Bruno] who is the son of a Nazi Concentration Camp Director living with his family at a Concentration Camp that commits murders and exterminations. As the book progresses, Bruno begins to realize and question some unusual, violent and evil occurrences. This is where frustration with the story line begins. Knowing that the Nazi/Hitler youth were indoctrinated at very young ages to a belief in a "superior race" left me as a reader feeling that there was a lack of balance between his natural ability to realize good vs evil and his high level of ability to achieve goals of exploration and other feats. It seems the same story and outcome could have been achieved with a somewhat more realistic view as a boy Bruno's age would still have held the idealism of friendship, helpfulness and good over evil without having been told of the exterminations. All in all, there is a powerful lesson in the story and it is well worth the read.

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