Book Review

I just finished reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. What a sad, but wonderfully told story. Early versions of the title include the subtitle, “a fable.” This Holocaust story is told from the perspective of nine-year-old Bruno whose family has just moved from Berlin to Auschwitz (which he pronounces Out-With.) Bruno doesn’t know what this place is or that his father is a Nazi officer. He is terribly lonely and homesick and befriends a young prisoner of war, Shmuel. Bruno secretly visits Shmuel every day and sneaks him food through the fence. These boys quickly form a strong bond of friendship. I am not going to go any farther with my summary so as not to spoil the story for you. It is touching and poignant. This book will definitely go on my list of favorite Holocaust literature. And for you page counters – it’s a short book that packs a wallop. This book was also made into a movie. For more information and reviews check Amazon.

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