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@Read Kindle Ý The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas ⚻ John Boyne S The Boy In Striped Pyjamas Will No Doubt Acquire Many Readers As A Result Of The Subsequent Film Of The Novel, But Viewers Of The Latter Would Do Themselves A Favour By Going Back To The Spare And Powerfully Affecting Original Book Bruno Is Nine Years Old, And The Nazis Horrific Final Solution To The Jewish Problem Means Nothing To Him He S Completely Unaware Of The Barbarity Of Germany Under Hitler, And Is Concerned By His Move From His Well Appointed House In Berlin To A Far Less Salubrious Area Where He Finds Himself With Nothing To Do Then He Meets A Boy Called Shmuel Who Lives A Very Different Life From Him A Life On The Opposite Side Of A Wire Fence And Shmuel Is The Eponymous Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, As Are All The Other People On The Other Side Of The Fence The Friendship Between The Two Boys Begins To Grow, But For Bruno It Is A Journey From Blissful Ignorance To A Painful Knowledge And He Will Find That This Learning Process Carries, For Him, A Daunting Price A Legion Of Books Have Attempted To Evoke The Horrors Of The Second World War, But In This Concise And Perfectly Honed Novel, All Of The Effects That John Boyne Creates Are Allowed To Make A Maximum Impact In A Relatively Understated Fashion Given The Enormity Of The Situation Here The Boy In Striped Pyjamas Is Also That Rare Thing A Novel Which Can Affect Both Children And Adults Equally A Worthy Successor, In Fact, To Such Masterpieces As To Kill A Mockingbird And The Catcher In The Rye Both, Of Course, Books, Dealing As Does This One With The Loss Of Innocence Barry Forshaw The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is truly an amazing yet daunting novel that I will never forget The author John Boyne did a masterful job of depicting the setting in such vivid detail and exposing the events in a manner that I felt a constant emotional pull as the story unfolded and impending doom lingered on the horizon.I was recommended this novel a while back while reading The Book Thief, but after finishing that story and experiencing such deep sadness, I knew I couldn t jump into another novel about the Holocaust for quite some time I m glad I waited because as with other works that cover this topic, distance and perspective is key I feel the author did a grand job of juxtaposing two resounding themes in such a flawless manner one being of theevilthat was the Holocaust against the second theme that of the innocence of a child I thought it was brilliant of Boyne to tell the story from the perspective of a nine year old German boy as you experience the events of this abominable and unthinkable time in history as a mere complicit bystander, which ultimately leaves you with a sense of hopelessness The story unfolds the day Bruno arrives home to discover his family is moving from Berlin to Auschwitz where his father will serve as a Commandant for the concentration camp Bruno is forced to leave his three best friends for life and discovers that life in Auschwitz is lonely and desolate All that changes the day he meets a boy his exact age and they begin to forge a friendship over the course of year However, as much as he finds he and Schmuel have in common, living on opposite sides of the fence proves to have a devastating consequence to their friendship.After completing this book, I did some research on the author and the novel and found that he not only received well deserved praise for this book, but also harsh criticism As with any piece of literature, when words are committed to page and presented to an audience for their interpretation there will be varying degrees of acceptance and backlash Couple that with such a sensitive topic and you re bound to get a reaction Well, my hats off to John Boyne for tackling a story through a unique perspective and presenting a poignant fable that as a reader I willingly suspended my reality and experienced the events in a way that exposed my emotions and feelings to such a raw level Well done IMHO. I hardly know where to begin bashing this book Do I start with the 9 year old boy and his 12 year old sister, who read about 6 and 8, respectively The imperial measurements miles, feet despite the German setting The German boy, raised in Berlin, who thinks that Der F hrer is The Fury and Auschwitz is Out With, despite being corrected several times and seeing it written down The other English language idioms and mis hearings, despite our being told that he speaks only German And that he believes that Heil Hitler is a fancy word for hello, because he understands neither Heil nor Hitler So maybe these are fussy issues, and I shouldn t trash the book on these minor linguistic flaws Instead, I can start with the plot holes big enough to drive a truck through that Bruno, whose father is a high ranking official in The Fury s regime, doesn t know what a Jew is, or that he s living next door to a concentration camp Or that the people wearing the striped pajamas are being killed, and THAT s why they don t get up after the soldiers stand close to them and there are sounds like gunshots Or that there s a section of fence that is a unpatrolled and b can be lifted from the ground high enough to pass food and, eventually, a small boy through, AND that nobody would try to get OUT through this hole Or that Bruno s friend Shmuel, a frail 9 year old boy, would survive over a year in a Nazi camp Or even the author s refusal to ever use the word Auschwitz, in an effort to make this book about any camp, to add a universality to Bruno s experience That last is from an interview with the author that appears at the end of the audio version I can t speak to most of what he said, because it was a lot of here are all the places that are hyping my book, but the worst part of it, to me, was where he was addressing criticisms there are people who complain that Bruno is too innocent, too naive, and they are trivializing the message of this book Um, no I m not trivializing the message I m objecting to his trivializing of the Holocaust I find his treatment of the Holocaust to be superficial, misleading, and even offensive.As an audio recording, I m pretty neutral The narrator did the best he could with the material and there was some differentiation between the characters voices, but the music that was added some chapters ended with appropriately somber music Other chapters had no music at all Sometimes the music appeared in the middle of a chapter Two other incidental notes first, normally you can t say anything negative about a Holocaust themed book without being an asshole, because the books are so tied in with the Holocaust itself In this case, though, I feel like, due to the fictionalizing of it, the book is far enough removed from Auschwitz that it s okay to be negative about the book without being insensitive about the Holocaust Second, this doesn t land on my run away Save yourself shelf, because that s for books that are comically bad books that I can bash with glee and mock with abandon I can t find anything funny about what makes this book so bad it s just plain offensive and shallow.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas would easily top my list of Worst Books about the Holocaust I am writing as one who was there I was once myself a boy in striped pajamas and am a survivor of six German concentration camps This book is so ignorant of historical facts about concentration camps that it kicks the history of the Holocaust right in the teeth.John Boyne s premise is that the nine year old son of the commandant of Auschwitz, bored with his isolated life, takes walks to the fence surrounding this infamous camp and meets there a nine year old inmate who is on the other side of the fence The two boys become friends and continue meeting on a daily basis Here is some news for Mr Boyne The 10 ft high barbed wire fence surrounding each camp was electrified Touch if once and you are fried There was a no man s land on each side of the fence along the inside perimeter of the fence were guard towers each tower was manned by an armed guard around the clock each guard was responsible for one segment of the fence within his vision it was his duty to prevent anyone from approaching the fence, either from the inside, or from the outside he was under orders to shoot anyone he saw approaching the no man s land.In addition, along the outside perimeter, prominent signs proclaimed, STOP Danger High Voltage Electricity So that even a dense nine year old would get the message, a skull and cross bones were pictured at the top of each sign Let me add this A nine year old boy arriving in Auschwitz Birkenau on a cattle train would take only a single walk in this camp from the train to the gas chamber The Boy in The Striped Pajamas makes a mockery of these very basic facts It is a fantasy that does untold damage to the cause of truth about the Holocaust This book has only one purpose to make a lot of money for the author and the publisher And this purpose it accomplishes The publisher recently proudly trumpeted in an ad in the New York Times over one million copies sold and still going strong And that s not even counting the profits from the revolting movie based on this book.Peter KubicekAuthor of MEMORIES OF EVIL a factual book about the Holocaust that will never make it on any list of best books about the Holocaust because my book tells it the way it was there was nothing cute, nothing in any way benign about the concentration camps These camps were about brutality, starvation, and sheer terror. 3.5 I didn t love this, but I did appreciate the fact that it had a very powerful message and an ending I wasn t expecting at all My feelings were definitely changed by the fact that the author describes the story as a fable The abstractness makes a lot sense in that way Definitely an unforgettable read, nonetheless