The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

by John Boyne

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Voted 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year.

 

Initially it is difficult to believe that the young son of the commandant of Auschwitz is as innocent as he is, then you begin to accept his ignorance and follow a developing friendship through to its dreadful conclusion.  That this is written for children is easy to forget.  I urge you to read Morris Gleitzman’s Once, too, for the Jewish perspective.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Synopsis

Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution or the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Press Reviews

Simply written and highly memorable.There are no monstrosities on the page but the true horror is all the more potent for being implicit
Ireland on Sunday


Stays ahead of its readers before delivering its killer-punch final pages
Independent


An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war…Raw literary talent at its best
Irish Independent


The Holocaust as a subject insists on respect, precludes criticism, prefers silence.One thing is clear: this book will not go gently into any good night
Observer

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ISBN: 9780385611350
Publication date: 01/09/2006
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780385611350
Publication date: 1st September 2006
Author: John Boyne
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
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About John Boyne

John Boyne was our Guest Editor in May 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.   John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. His early writing consisted mostly of short stories and he published a number of them. His first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. In total, he has published about 70 short stories. He has published seven novels: THE THIEF ...

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