Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Review #280 - The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas

Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
My Rating: 4/5
I knew very little about this book prior to reading which is probably the reason that I liked it as much as I did.
The best way to describe the protagonist Bruno is innocent. Through the entire book he is completely oblivious to the horrible world that he lives in.
The plot was rather simple but it has so much depth and is really beautifully written.
The ending is something that is probably going to stay with me for a very long time.

1 comment:

  1. This is a book I've heard so much about. I'd like to read it but I think as the mommy of a little boy, it would completely wreck me.