Bruno, a nine-year-old kid, takes you on a journey. Needless to say, a nine-year-old would not enjoy this book. And soon you and Bruno will find themselves at a fence together. All around the world, there are fences similar to this one. We really hope that you never have to deal with one.
According to John Boyne, the nine-year-old son of Auschwitz’s commandant wanders to the fence encircling the camp and encounters a nine-year-old captive. This leads to a friendship that continues on a daily basis, via the fence.
Here is a review of the book for you to decide whether or not it is a story that suits your taste.
With the historical fiction novel, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne, we explore the realm of Bruno, a nine-year-old boy whose family moves to a home near a Nazi gas chamber.
An unreliable fence is the only thing that separates two innocent youngsters who belong to two vastly different worlds.
Berlin, 1942, the war in Europe is drawing to a close, and along followed the Holocaust. Bruno is a nine-year-old child from a well-to-do German household. When his father is assigned commander in a remote location, his life is pretty unremarkable. Despite the fact that they are forced to move from their home in Out-With to a far smaller one, the family is forced to leave everything behind in order to achieve the essential rank advancement.
Bruno discovers a little window in his new house, which allows him to glimpse an enormously wide region with tiny little cottages, and an unending number of tiny little individuals dressed in a peculiar striped costume. Adults, seniors, and children, in an enormous, wire-fenced area.
Bruno and his family live comfortably as a consequence of his father’s rise to the position of Commandant at Auschwitz. When Bruno encounters a kid of the same age on the outskirts of a camp, he is unaware of the horror unfolding on the other side of the wire gates, where everyone is clothed in striped pajamas.
The father may be gruff and distant, yet he is always nice to his son. Even though his father and all of his principles were progressively called into doubt in the movie version, this does not occur in the novel. In fact, the narrative in the book barely touches on topics like family and familial ties.
Because it’s told from Bruno’s perspective, it’s ridiculously uninformed and uncultured, especially considering he’s a Nazi.
“The Fatherland” has never crossed his mind, and he believes that the Fuhrer is known as The Fury and that Auschwitz is known as “Out With.” A senior Nazi leader’s son, the book wants us to believe! His father’s failure to prepare the next generation of Hitler youths is evident.
And yet, we are to believe (as the pages of the book want) that Bruno is a boy of a Nazi officer, apparently belonging to a high rank.
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Bruno speaks in an unusually mature tone every now and then. Completely breaking his naive character, he sometimes comes up with deep and apt statements like “If you ask me we’re all in the same boat“. And then again when he talks about a bad person who “always looked as if he wanted to cut someone out of his will“.
I think it might have made more sense if Bruno was 5 or 6 years old, but I suspect the primary audience could be less inclined to read it, and so the end result is a novel that isn’t really suited for any particular age range. Wasting time and money.
The book also had some factual inaccuracies. For instance, the fences were way more deadly than described in the books. However, to back up Boyne here, one could use the argument that all the information that the reader can get about the milieu is from the narrator, and in this case, the narrator is a nine years old boy.
There is a certain innocence that is consistent throughout the narrative. The book becomes much eerier because of it. People are not born with hatred; it’s just something we pick up along the way. That is really awful. A child’s lack of awareness of humanity’s terrible nature is devastating when seen in the most dreadful of circumstances. It’s a narrative that’ll make you think and make your heart weep at the same time.
Like any literary work, when words are placed on paper and offered to the public for analysis, there will be various degrees of approval and reaction from an audience. When you combine it with a sensitive subject, you’re going to generate a reaction. Now that’s a job well done by John Boyne, who tackled the tale from such an unusual angle and presented it in such an emotionally charged manner that as a reader I gladly suspended reality to fully immerse myself into the narrative’s events.
Even though it’s a tragic story, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is one that’s well worth the read. It makes the reader think about the Nazis and the ways in which they were very wrong. Between both of the youngsters, a relationship is created that illustrates how heartbroken the Jews must have been when their friends and relatives were brutally murdered. A wonderful combination of airy and light at the outset, and heartbreaking towards the conclusion. Nevertheless, I would not suggest this work to anybody under the age of 10 or to anybody who does not dig tragedies.