Review: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

 Book review | The Boy in the Striped Pyjama by John Boyne | 5 stars

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Random House Children’s Books 2006
ISBN: 978 0 099 48782 1

Synopsis

The story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what is is about.

If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called 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 cross such a fence.


Bullet-point review

★★★★★

+ child-like perspective
+ child-like innocence
+ tragic
+ hopefull
+ heart-breaking

– heart-breaking


Full Review

Most of you will have heard of this book or the movie based on this book. You’ll know what it’s about and the tragic ending it entails within its pages. Before reading the book I had already seen the movie; once upon a time, a long time ago.

Bruno is just a boy, just like any other. Bored, because there is no one around to play with, so he goes on an adventure and eventually finds someone to play with, which he keeps a secret. So much of this book builds up to the ending by setting it in stark contrast with the voice and innocence of the main character. It builds towards this ending so beautifully that it’s hard to put the book down, even after there are no more words to read…

Recommend to everyone that has a heart.


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