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Review – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

I think it’s interesting how I stumbled on this book: I read about it at The Written Word, and she read about it on Sassymonkey Reads, and she read about it at Flamingo House Happenings. I’ll be loaning this book to a friend, and so it goes.

The back of the books says:

“If you start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a  nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for  nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter one.”

This book is a self-proclaimed fable. I don’t think the moral of the lesson would be lost on anyone. The book is very well written and Bruno, the narrator, is believable in his actions as a 9 year old.

It’s interesting because this is the second book I’ve read in the past two months that had something to do with Nazi Germany, and I wonder if I would have been one of those that sat back and watched as things happened, or would I have spoken up and insisted that something was wrong? Hindsight is easy; it’s the present and the future that aren’t so clear.

This book is excellent. I highly recommend it. It will only take you a few hours to read. It may not have made my Top 10 List, but it’s a definite Must Read.

Rating: 92 out of 100

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5 Responses to “Review – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”

  1. Denise

    I also love how people stumble upon books through blogging. I really like it when people stumble upon really fantastic books, like Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

    Hopefully many people will discover this book, through your blog post.

    :-)

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  2. Stephanie

    I am so happy that you enjoyed it! I get my best recommendations from other blogs.

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  3. Josette

    I thought this book was thought-provoking and sad. And I’m not sure if Bruno’s just plain innocent or simply ignorant! All in all, it was a great book and it was time well spent reading it.

    Here is my review! =)

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  5. dsuzuki

    LOL. I have to agree that the book definitely got the tone of a 9 year old but that also aggravated me when he would say or do dumb things. I did enjoy the read although it was a sad one.

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