The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Book Cover: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (large)Having seen The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne being reviewed by bloggers, I knew I wanted to read it sometime. But when I saw this book sitting on the library shelf, it screamed at me, “pick me, pick me!” How can I say no when a book just screams at you, begging to be taken home and read.

To tell you the truth I had NO idea what this book was about. I knew nothing about the subject matter, when it took place, etc. I hate knowing too much about a book before I read it, so I purposely glance through the reviews and then go back and read them in full after I’ve read the book. So in keeping that I knew nothing about the book and in keeping with the fact that this is what the dust jacket says, I will not summarize this book in any way:

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

If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year0old 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 encounter such a fence.

If I was smarter, I probably could have figured out what this book was about from the dust jacket. But to tell you the truth I was on page 20 when I realized where this story was headed.

I did think that Bruno, the main character in the story, was much to ignorant and naive for a nine-year old, which is what this book (among some other things I can’t give away) is about. I think any nine-year old would have been smarter than this kid. I’d believe it if maybe he were about six or so. His ignorance isn’t good for him and I could not believe how the book ended! I was shocked. And I didn’t even feel sorry for his father.

So based on the fact that I haven’t given you any details about this book, I would highly recommend that you go and get it. This book is currently being made into a movie. But I couldn’t find a release date for here in the U.S., just Ireland and the U.K. I hope it comes here, I am curious to how it would play out on screen. Edited: Saw the movie and it is FANTASTIC!

Trailer (watching it will totally tell you what the book is about though):

Links of interest: John Boyne’s website. Book club and discussion questions available from BookBrowse.   More book blogger reviews.
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction, Fable
Publisher: OUP May 31, 2007.
Paperback, 224 pages. ISBN 0198326769
Source copy: Library (and later purchased)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is available from your favorite independent bookstore, Powell’s, and Amazon.

93 comments


  1. I’m not sure how I feel about the movie of this one. I don’t know how they can keep that ending really.

    on March 11th, 2008 at 9:41 pm
  2. I’ve seen so many blog reviews about this book, I think it’s going to scream at me next time I walk by it on the shelf. Must read!

    on March 12th, 2008 at 6:27 am
  3. I read this book in January and it has really stuck with me. I agree, Bruno wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer, but it didn’t distract me from appreciating such an interesting book.

    on March 12th, 2008 at 9:41 am
  4. I been wishy-washy on whether to pick this one up or not. Thanks for the push! :)

    on March 13th, 2008 at 6:54 am
  5. Marg – Subject matters like this are always hard to see on the big movie screen. I think they could get away with the ending, if it’s done right.

    Jeane – Well, I hope you walk across it sometime soon then!

    Stephanie – I liked that although this book was such a difficult subject matter that it was done tastefully. It wasn’t crude or horrifying like so many other books. It did give the realism of a nine year old narrator. I agree, this is one that will stick with me for a while.

    Joy – I hope you like it. I look forward to reading your review when I do.

    on March 13th, 2008 at 2:30 pm
  6. I have this book on my TBR list because of the intriguing reviews I’ve read. Does your store have a website to order from?

    on March 15th, 2008 at 6:56 am
  7. Framed – I hope you like this book and look forward to reading your review when you do. You may visit my online bookstore by clicking on “Visit my Bookstore” at the top of this page or by visiting http://www.mybookwise.com/mawbooks directly. Creating an account is absolutely free (similar to creating an amazon account) with no obligation.

    My bookstore just launched the beginning of January and many titles are still in the process of being uploaded, so if you can’t find a title you’re looking for now, chances are you will in the future. Our fulfillment house is Baker and Taylor, the country’s largest provider of books, movies, and video games in the country. I will soon have access to their entire 1.5 million titles.

    My bookstore pages also lists all the benefits of becoming a preferred customer. Feel free to contact me at natasha(at)mawbooks(dot)com if you have any more questions. Thanks for your interest!

    on March 15th, 2008 at 9:50 am
  8. i read this one last year and absolutely loved it! i’m glad you liked it too. i hope that the film version will be true to the “fable”-aspect of the story and not try to take it too literally.

    on March 15th, 2008 at 1:49 pm
  9. I have this on my TBR list. Must get to it.

    on March 16th, 2008 at 1:40 pm
  10. hey! Thanks for swinging by my blog. I have the hardcover book without the dustjacket so I went online and found what was written on a dustjacket. Perhaps it was wrong? Was yours different?

    So they’re making this into a movie? Don’t think I’ll see. I don’t think they’ll do a good job. They’d be too soft (probably)

    on March 22nd, 2008 at 5:11 am
  11. alisonwonderland – I agree, I do like that it’s a fable.

    booklogged – I look forward to your review when you read it!

    Juli – The dust jacket says what I have blocked off in the post above, basically about how it’s best to not know anything about the book before reading it, which I was glad I didn’t know anything, it made the twists and turns more exciting.

    on March 22nd, 2008 at 11:24 am
  12. I’m very curious about this book. Need to get it on my huge “too read” list.

    on April 18th, 2008 at 10:52 am
  13. **SPOILER** This books ending was sad. i got so used to buno and shumuel ( i hope i spelled that right). It was sad because they were best friends and they died together.

    on April 18th, 2008 at 12:27 pm
  14. i am very intrigued by your review….. i’m going to have to see if my local library has this book and if not possibly put in for a transfer.

    thanks again for a great review and it’s definitely going on my tbr list

    on April 24th, 2008 at 7:05 am
  15. Sherry – It’s a really fast read. It wouldn’t take anytime at all to get it crossed off your list.

    Cody – Yes, very sad.

    Brittany – Oh, read it! Let me know what you think.

    on April 26th, 2008 at 11:35 pm
  16. OMG that has to be the most boring book i’ve ever read and i’ve read a lot of books. I think the author, though he was writing it through the eyes of such a young child, could have made it a tad more emotional, interesting and maybe a bit more realistic. Now don’t get me wrong, the story line was good but i think the way the author expressed Bruno’s views on what was happening wasn’t as childlike as it could have been. By this i mean that it was too simple. The ending was very sudden and emotional but wasn’t quite as dramatic as i thought it might be. Miss Upton asked me …”too simple” to be childlike? Isn’t that the whole point? How do you think Boyne could have done it differently?

    Ok I think it was too simple. By this I mean that children see the world in more detail than what the author expressed. Bruno is a 9 year old character. Yes children are naive and quite ignorant but seeing as Bruno is supposed to be 9 I just think the Author could have expressed his views in a bit more detail. On the other hand I guess it depends on the child. When i was reading the story I took the place of Bruno and tried to see it from his perspective. I even pretended I was a 9 year old again but no matter how hard I thought about it, Bruno views didn’t seem quite proper.

    When i was 9 i had strong opinions on the world and if i was put in bruno’s position at that age i would have seen it from a different perspective. I guess like i said earlier it depends on the child and their mental capacity. I guess it also depends on the way a child thinks. My opinion on things is different to other peoples which shows that people see the world differently. So maybe to the author that is how a child like Bruno would see the situation but to me it just didn’t seem right.

    I dunno just my opinion

    on May 14th, 2008 at 1:50 am
  17. I’ve just recently finished “The Boy In The Striped Pajamas” in my English class at school.
    Personally i really liked it,and i think the other people in my class did too.I don’t find it boring at all.But i do think the last chapter could have been longer and more intresting.
    Im not sure about a movie being made..i think it’ll just spoil the book.All in all though,i really do love this book and the message it gets across about friendship..even in the worst of causes.

    on May 16th, 2008 at 9:03 am
  18. Lil Miss K – Thanks for your thoughts! I love commentary. I don’t think it was boring although I did find myself impatient with Bruno’s ignorance. This book was written as a fable and I think that the story and the way it was written was very appropriate for it’s type of storytelling.

    Shannon – When I got to the last chapter I think I was covering my mouth the whole time. I couldn’t believe what was happening. Thanks for commenting!

    on May 16th, 2008 at 9:13 am
  19. I just read this book and Whoa! Craziness! I wanted to kick that little Bruno in the shins for being so ignorant. I did not like him at all, and yet…

    The power of the book, for me, was not Bruno or Schmuel’s story, but the more general implications about the way children experience war, and the quiet way a person in power can be brought to their knees.

    on June 10th, 2008 at 4:10 pm
  20. Oh, I know how ti feels like to have a book practically ‘screaming’ at me to read it! I might just as well scream back ‘Just be patient!’ at it! :D

    By the way, this book got me thinking a lot. I’ll also never forget the ending. I can’t wait for the movie to come out.

    Last night, I finished this book and felt quite chilly, I don’t know why. Probably because I imagined what it was like to be in Bruno’s and Shmuel’s shoes (though they weren’t wearing any).

    It’s definitely an unforgettable book. Here’s my review of it!

    on June 12th, 2008 at 7:26 am
  21. Charley – Bruno does get to you doesn’t he. But I think that’s what the author was going for.

    Josette – Glad to know that I’m not the only one who has books “talk” to them. I can’t wait for the movie as well. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

    on June 14th, 2008 at 4:35 pm
  22. i haven’t read the book :) but i will be reading later on

    on June 26th, 2008 at 3:45 pm
  23. We pretty much have the same opinion of this book. Glad I read it. Again, thanks for the push. :)

    on June 29th, 2008 at 11:41 am
  24. Hi, I just pop in your library.
    This books is over my expectation after reading it and felt like someone stole my happiness…
    Have you figured out what are those personal and secret stuff that hid in the closet belonged by Bruno?

    on July 1st, 2008 at 5:58 am
  25. this book is an amazing book quite a scarey book and very upsetting but overall i would deffinatly recomend this to anyone

    luv yall x x

    on July 14th, 2008 at 4:59 am
  26. cant wait to read this book it sounds good

    on July 21st, 2008 at 9:18 am
  27. I heaps enjoyed this book, i read it for english.
    i’m now doing an essay on whether i think it’s more for adults or children.
    i’m very confused still, and need to find lots of quotes to support my ideas.
    :)

    on July 22nd, 2008 at 2:57 am
  28. This book was pretty good! If you liked this one I think you should diffently read milkweed. Gosh, that one shook me, I liked it more then this one. its also about a kid but he has no idea who he is at all. (i dunno if im saying to much…) its set in the warsaw ghettos.

    but for boy in the striped pyjamas. i liked how it had little plays on words (the words Bruno couldn’t pronounce or didnt understand). it was like black humour. sad realli. i cant wait for the movie! ah! i really hope they dont choose bad actors. :(

    on August 3rd, 2008 at 4:32 am
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  30. I had to read this for class…I loved it!

    on August 17th, 2008 at 11:49 am
  31. I have read it, in fact i have just finish reading it.

    The fact that it didnt tell you what the book was about made be buy it, it was a mystery to be solved.
    When i read the first few chapters, iw as jsut looking at the cover, and since i have studied about the holocaust at school and still am (i’m 15, 16 in jan) it clicked that this book was about teh holocaust, beucase they wore striped pyjamas, without begin told that it was.

    I really warmed to the characters and its the first what i call propper book that i have read since phillip pullmans triology (northen lights, subtle knife, amber spyglass)

    ****SPOILER****

    When Bruno did die in the end i was weaping bucket, well there is no surprise there since i do cry over things such as funeals of animals on the tv..yeh xD

    Well i dont think i would of understood this book if i didnt have a clue about the holocaust in great detail maybe that is why i got so upset?
    I did get an A* in my holocaust coursewokr (oh yeh!! which i am very proud of) i havent read you review yet, i will be doing now, i just HAD to comment first.

    Love katie
    http://www.embrrace.com

    on August 17th, 2008 at 5:29 pm
  32. OMG there is a film of this in the UK?? oh my i am living in the UK OMG I WANT TO BUY IT!!! i am now offically a fan of this book!

    x

    on August 17th, 2008 at 5:31 pm
  33. Sorry for commenting three times in a row,
    when you spoke about Bruno being more likea six year old i disagree,
    It seems to be the reason why he is so ignorent if the fact that he has grown up in such a ‘posh’ enviroment with servents etc..
    And that it seems that no one tells him anything, he trys to understand get information out of his family memeber and servants but doesnt get anywere which makes me feel as if thats where he learnt to be ignernt from.

    I didnt feel sorry for the father since he was an officer and was part of this camp therefore desered punishment. I did feel sorry for the mother and sister though.

    Also just a question, did the lieutenant kotler have some kind of affaire with the mother because they had alot of ‘private’ moments and then the mother and father had an argument and he was sent away…i was just woundering if you though that as well?

    reply on my site =)
    embrrace.com x

    ps. sorry for the bad typing and spelling =S

    on August 17th, 2008 at 5:35 pm
  34. Thanks for the comment.
    Offt i am glad that i wasnt the only one to suspect an affair going on =)
    Yeh i looked at the link on your book review about John boyne site and the trailer was there =)
    is it out or just coming out soon xD?

    katie
    embrrace.com

    on August 17th, 2008 at 6:04 pm
  35. he dies omg

    on September 4th, 2008 at 2:05 am
  36. there is a movie coming out though let you readers no

    on September 4th, 2008 at 2:06 am
  37. it september the 12

    on September 4th, 2008 at 2:06 am
  38. movie comes out November 14, 2008

    on September 16th, 2008 at 4:29 pm
  39. Thanks for the dates! You can watch the trailer for the movie here:

    http://blog.mawbooks.com/2008/08/05/book-to-movie-trailers/

    on September 17th, 2008 at 8:10 pm
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  41. its great so far go stripes

    on September 30th, 2008 at 1:46 pm
  42. This book was so freakin awesome!!! I recommendthis to everyone all over. Keep the books coming Boyne….. Very sad endings though.

    on October 1st, 2008 at 8:16 pm
  43. I just saw the movie of it today, having previously read the book. I must say they stuck to it incredibly well, and reduced Bruno's age by a year, which made his naive outlook somewhat more believable. Through the whole movie I was wondering how they'd managed the ending, and they do it perfectly. The best adaption of a book to the big screen I've ever come across, honestly.
    The release date for US is in November I think.

    on October 11th, 2008 at 4:07 pm
  44. Chaz – Glad you enjoyed it!

    Amy – So glad that you liked the movie. I told my husband that we are to see it first thing!

    on November 17th, 2008 at 1:33 am
  45. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, there were hardly any dry eyes left when it ended!

    on November 17th, 2008 at 4:53 pm
  46. This book is amazing and i think that it is very sweet what bruon has done for his new bff the boy in the striped pajams.

    on November 24th, 2008 at 12:47 pm
  47. ***SPOILER***

    But it still made me cry at the end when he died.Sniff Sniff

    on November 24th, 2008 at 12:50 pm
  48. Chelsey – I’m glad you liked the book. Are you planning on seeing the movie that’s out right now?

    on November 24th, 2008 at 4:56 pm
  49. THe ending has to remain for the film..though in reality a boy didn’t sneak under, the rest of the story is true. It is history and we have to tell the history over and over so no one ever forgets. Once we forget it can happen again. Such a horrible thing should never happen again!

    on November 24th, 2008 at 11:15 pm
  50. I think this story although very sad, holds a lot of merit and in many cases relevant to today politically. One of my favorite films of 2008. I only wish I read the book first. has anyone seen the film?

    I HYPED it on EverHYPE and scored it 92%, which I think is very accurate.

    http://www.everhype.com/hyper/mikeborgia?X=M727

    If you get on there, rate me a 5 on it and request friendship.

    Hype

    on November 25th, 2008 at 2:21 pm
  51. I just saw the movie in the US. I didn’t read the book, and had no idea what the movie was about….best way to see it in my opinion…so don’t read reviews or let anyone tell you anything if you are planning on seeing it. I wouldn’t take any child under 14 or 15 unless they are extremely mature. I put this movie up there with the power of BABEL and CRASH. I definitley think many people need the message of the irony of the movie.

    on November 29th, 2008 at 8:31 pm
  52. I just walked in the door from seeing this movie. WOW! One of the best movies I have seen all year. Just watch it. You will not regret it.

    on December 24th, 2008 at 6:13 pm
  53. Natasha- Glad to hear you enjoyed the movie. I can finally go and see it now that I read the book.

    I agree with your review in a lot of ways. I think Bruno was a bit ignorant and I kept thinking sheesh this kid is stupid. But then I thought that it was more that he was sheltered and kept ignorant about what was happening around him.

    To me, the fact that his parents, especially his mother, was so protective of this secret shows that they knew what was happening was wrong in some way. I thought it added to the plot.

    I was truly shocked at the ending, but it was powerful. It showed the senselessness of the whole Holocaust.

    Anyways, one down from my Christmas books. I have the Kite Runner up next, the Austenland. I want to watch Pride and Prejudice before i read that one. I have it on hold at the library. I think Austenland might be a light change from the darker notes of this book and the Kite Runner.

    I just realized I’m rambling quite a bit…which I suppose is pretty typical of me. I’m pretty giddy on cold medicine right now.

    on December 28th, 2008 at 11:06 pm
  54. I loved the book when I read it last year. I felt that it was a story with a good message, a fable, but a teacher has students taking it apart to find all the symbollism and saying it was written as an allegory. Was it? I didn’t feel that way, and the author says it was a fable.

    on January 2nd, 2009 at 8:42 pm
  55. Hmmm..Symbolism. I didn’t pick up on it when I read it. It seemed pretty straight-forward to me. Maybe if I was reading it and looking for it I might have sound something.

    I hate to over analyze things. I wouldn’t want to pick it apart.

    on January 2nd, 2009 at 9:16 pm
  56. Jenn – Yay, I’m glad you read this one. In the movie Bruno was eight and in the book he was nine. I still think they could have easily put him at seven though. I liked the Kite Runner. Have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns? It’s even better. Austenland is a fun, quick read. Don’t read to much into it and you’ll enjoy it!

    Sandy – The author does state that the story is a fable. I hate nitpicking books and taking them apart. This one had a emotional impact on me and analyzing it to much would seem to take that away.

    on January 3rd, 2009 at 12:45 am
  57. Natasha- I’m like you…I don’t like picking things apart. For me this was a quick, but good and emotional book. I wouldn’t want to pull anything more apart.

    I actually had Kite Runner an A Thousand Splendid Suns both in my hands. I chose the Kite Runner….but I still want to read the other. I’m reading it now, and liking it so far.

    on January 3rd, 2009 at 9:44 am
  58. I saw your book review posted and deliberately avoided it because I didn’t want to know too much. However, I just finished reading it. It was an amazing book.

    I listened to the audiobook that had an interview with the author. He explains a lot of the reasons why he allowed Bruno to be so naive. It helped me to understand a lot.

    on January 7th, 2009 at 9:03 pm
  59. Amy – This is the type of book you don’t want to know anything about and I’m glad that I didn’t when I started reading it. I tried to keep my review deliberately vague. Are you planning on seeing the movie? It was a great adaptation.

    on January 8th, 2009 at 12:39 am
  60. Amy- I knew very little about this book before I read it, except for roughly where and when it took place. The only reason I even knew that was because the movie trailer came on during another movie I was watching.

    I might have to borrow the audio version from the library to get the authors insight.

    I am also glad i knew very little about it. I dont think I would have enjoyed it as much if I knew more about it.

    on January 8th, 2009 at 10:05 am
  61. Does anyone know why Bruno called his sister a Hopeless Case. I’m wondering if it has more to do with than him just thinking his sister is annoying. Hopless case seems like something he might have heard adults say and he did mention something about the doctors saying it about her. Just a question that nagged at me throughout reading. Either way it didn’t seem to pertinate to the story

    on February 18th, 2009 at 7:52 pm
  62. Sara- I assumed it was something that he heard his parents or other adults say about her. It’s one of those things that kids hear, but don’t fully understand. I once made the comment in front of my daughter that my mom was “older than dirt” then when I mentioned something about my mom in front of the cashier at the grocery store and she comes out with, “yeah, and she is older than dirt.”

    I think for Bruno, it added a bit to his naiveness. It showed a little more of how little he thought for himself. You are right, it could have been left out of the story.

    on February 18th, 2009 at 9:17 pm
  63. does anyone know what happened to pavel, and i love this book

    on March 11th, 2009 at 8:03 am
  64. im a teen(14) and i have seen the film it is really cool i would recommend it to everyone

    on March 11th, 2009 at 8:07 am
  65. I read several of the comments regarding the immaturity of the main character however I disagree. I think that he was for the most part sheltered from the war. I think that he was never exposed to a true camp and did not know one from a farm. The setting of this book is 70 years or so ago. I think that we are basing “naïve” on today’s standards. We, via history, have an idea of what a Concentration camp might have looked like but I am not convinced that he did.

    on March 11th, 2009 at 2:26 pm
  66. I really loved the book and I think many people should read it. It shows how people can treat other people alot better no matter what the situation is.
    It helped me alot and I think I am a nicer person due to this book.
    Great Work John Boyne!

    on March 16th, 2009 at 4:46 pm
  67. I reviewed this book for the IRA Teacher’s Choice Award (I am a library director for an elementary school). It is one of those books that sticks with you, maybe even haunts you a little.
    That being said, I think it is a MUST read. I made my dad, also a huge reader, read this book and he liked it too. The end is shocking. I cried! Just discovered your blog and I’m excited about it. We offer book clubs at our school and I’m always looking for the next best choice.

    on April 3rd, 2009 at 8:41 pm
  68. This book was very gripping and the end is very sad and made me cry.
    I havn’t watched the film but i would like to but one of my friends said that it wasn’t as good. I saw the cover and some of the photos and the people are very different to how i pictured them when reading the book. I like the way the discription in the book was left a bit open so i could imagine the characters mysef. I LOVED it :D

    on April 18th, 2009 at 8:51 am
  69. “I think any nine-year old would have been smarter than this kid. I’d believe it if maybe he were about six or so. His ignorance isn’t good for him and I could not believe how the book ended! I was shocked. And I didn’t even feel sorry for his father.”

    No nine-year old boy would be aware of what was going on at that time. Noone except the soldiers and some Jews knew what was going on. Even Bruno’s mother didn’t know what was going on. What the germans did was cruel, and they didn’t let anyone know what they were doing, because it was illegal. and that is why most of the soldiers got put in jail for war crime.

    on April 20th, 2009 at 12:59 pm
  70. we read the book at school and its amazing but i am doing aproject and need to read the book but i dont have one, do u no any websites i could try???

    on May 31st, 2009 at 2:41 am
  71. Just finished reading The Boy In The Striped Pajamas. I remember as a child born in ’55 that adults kept things from us. There were things children should not know. A remark I heard a lot from adults was, “Children should be seen and not heard.” Well, I can only imagine how much less children should have been seen and not heard from during the time the story takes place in. It is believable that a 9 year old boy would be as naive as Bruno. The examples given of ‘the rules’ of his household regarding when to speak and who could be ‘cut off’ in mid sentence, were perfect examples of the social cues he was expected to follow … AND when he didn’t follow them, verbal correction was swift and precise from both of his parents and other adults. I don’t know if I can say I loved the book but I certainly appreciated it and saddened at human nature for the part of our history. I think the only way to stop evil is to speak up against it always; register to vote and exercise that right; not be silent and to be brave in the face of personal attacks from those who think any group is above another. I do have one question about word choices and their meanings in the book. I totally understood the use of Out With and Fury but am stumped by the use of the word Ginger in relation to one of Bruno’s three best friends in the world for life. What did that reference of Ginger mean? Can anyone tell me. I fear appearing idiotic for not knowing but would rather that than stay ignorant of the author’s intention in using that word to describe one of Bruno’s friends.
    Thanks much!

    on July 26th, 2009 at 5:56 am
  72. Teri- I felt the same way when I read the book. A lot of people felt Bruno was to naive and I disagree as you did. He would have been sheltered and excluded from much of what was going on.

    I loved “Out With” and “the Fury” I thought it was totally believable having a child who still stumbles over words herself. We have the “ma-rote” to change channels, she eats “brefkast” every morning and there are a few others.

    As far as Ginger goes…I took it to mean his appearance. My husband is british, and people who are red-heads, serious red-heads are called ginger. It could just be a nick-name. Just a guess.

    on July 26th, 2009 at 10:13 am
  73. As the plot continues to unfold, bruno begins to let go of his self absorbent traits, but still shows his Nazism ways. – would you say that this would be true? also i was reading this in class and we had to do an essay on the topic:
    a journey through a loss of innocence but the finding of compassion and humaity.- would this be a plausalble topic, if so what would the topic sentences be?
    the movie is very well presented as well and i couldnt help but notice some little faults like for example, the fathers name ect.
    can someone please shed some light?
    btw, i’m a year 9 student

    on August 17th, 2009 at 6:08 am
  74. Hello i need some help! i can not find any heroic quotes in the book and i need them for a assignment

    on March 6th, 2010 at 9:11 pm
  75. I came across this book by chance. I never heard of it before, but a friend told me about it and gave me the movie to watch. Well, being a reader, I tend to want to read the book before watching the movie. I am many times disappointed by the movie version. So, I just finished reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and I loved it!! Now, I am going to stick the movie in the DVD player and watch it. Thanks for all your insightful comments.

    on March 9th, 2010 at 11:53 am
  76. right before i watched this film, my class mates told me about this shower.. well atleast the Jews thought that. and they told me about the poison that they throw down. when the soldier told the Jews that they where taking a shower, i didnt think about it. then i was like, OH MY GOODNESS! and i couldnt stop crying after that, because half of my family is Jewish. so it was very emotional for me :/ but i reallly liked this movie. hope i didnt spoil it for you :)

    on March 30th, 2010 at 5:27 pm
  77. I saw the movie first in my English class. We were learning about the Holocaust. I really liked the movie. It was cute but kind of depressing. Then I decided to read the book. Although the book was good, I think the movie was better. :)

    on April 22nd, 2010 at 8:00 pm
  78. I studied the book in my English class. It’s definately worth taking the time to read, although you must be aware of the context- (the Holocaust) otherwise it will be too confusing.It is very eye-opening and shows the maliciousness of the Nazis crimes.

    on May 12th, 2010 at 1:13 am
  79. I had to read this novel in my english class.I’m not very into books about the Holocaust but this book really touched me. We’re going to see the movie in class too and I’m actually looking forward to it.

    on May 15th, 2010 at 8:39 am
  80. LOVED this book!!! the movie was great to!!! i would encourage many people to read this book!! it really gave me a new understanding!

    on May 25th, 2010 at 8:21 pm
  81. It has been many months since I read this book. Each time a new statement is left I get an email telling me … so I come back to read what has been shared. I have to say that as a member of the human race, a mother of two, a sister in a family of five girls, who still have a grandmother in ther 90s living with my parents … this book evokes strong emotions in terms of the awful things people can do to each other, to anything less powerful than we individually feel we are full of power. No matter how much someone can love one group of people, these same people can disregard another group … it is truly scary and horrific to contemplate what people as a species have done and continue today to do to each other. To further put the spotlight on the horrors of hate and apathy, I imagine my mother, father, grandmother, sisters, husband, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends and others in the same situations that the jews were in. I try to imagine my friends and family would do or feel like being made to strip down to nakedness in a large, unfamiliar group of people and then told to walk into a ‘shower’. Can you imagine the immediate indignity of stripping down? The momentary embarrassment followed by terror? It is true that these emotions might have been muted by the fact that these poor souls had been torn away from their beloved neighbors, home, other family members … put on trucks or trains and hauled like cattle to the concentration camps. By the time they got to the camps, numbness, their only defense from the madness they were living, may have made the normal incredulous reaction we have to random things that happen in our day may have blocked the horror of what was really happening from their minds. But, that numbness would only have been short lived, I imagine. To have your children ripped from you in a line and taken away from you never to be seen again … the absolute heartache, the unimaginable fear and grief … these are things we must, must, must imagine our own loved ones in … that is the only way we can be moved to say, “Stop.” It is the only way we can begin to move forward singly and then as a group, a movement for good to stop man’s inhumanity to other men. As a race, we all have good and bad in us. It is our choice, our ability to reason that gives us the opportunity to make life wonderful or to destroy its beauty by snuffing it out as the Nazis did. It is true that we will repeat the mistakes of the past if we do not keep those injustices fresh in our minds. It is not easy with all the distractions we are offered in our daily lives but if we are to retain our humanity, we have to, otherwise we will slip back into apathy … and that will surely lead to the greatest loss of all.

    on May 26th, 2010 at 4:07 am
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    on June 13th, 2010 at 1:41 am
  83. @Teri – Thanks for your fantastic statement about the power of empathy, and the need to put ourselves in others’ shoes to really comprehend the reality of their experiences.

    To those who question the Naievety of Bruno’s character, I would counsel you to consider the impact the attempted extermination of the Jews has had on humanity’s worldview. Judging the past by the standards of today, with all the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, is a form of presentism and is an unnecessary and potentially harmful habit.

    What Bruno knew or understood is what Bruno knew and understood. Lambasting him for it is close to accusing everyone who were naively unaware of the holocaust of being thick. It simply isn’t true.

    Oh, and LT Kotler and Mother were definitely getting it on. Distant husband, socially disconnected wife, and young fit, attractive other man = temptation city.

    on August 22nd, 2010 at 3:20 pm
  84. Finally saw the movie. Reading the book first, for me, is always so much more illuminating. Movies tend to gloss over the details that a book unfolds beautifully. In the end what happened is tragic. Although it is dangerous to use today’s standards to judge what happened in the past, it is still true that the systematic extermination of any people is criminal in its very nature and is wrong. No reason then nor now makes such actions valid or correct. There is no good reason. Nothing good can come from it. It boggles the mind that there are people in the world who deny the holocaust ever took place.

    on August 24th, 2010 at 4:39 am
  85. anybody have any interesting quotes with good explanations from the book????

    on September 12th, 2010 at 8:02 pm
  86. @Teri – Couldn’t agree more :)
    If you were commenting on my statement about presentism, I was aiming that squarely at people who judge Bruno’s character as if he were someone else. We all know he isn’t really the sharpest tool in the shed.

    The Holocaust itself was, is and always will be a tremendous tragedy, perhaps the greatest we as humanity have ever suffered or perpetrated.

    on September 13th, 2010 at 12:27 am
  87. love the movie and also the book so sad i was in tears

    on December 12th, 2010 at 9:11 pm
  88. Get over it. He dies in the end wah!, do you need me to hold your hand. Grow up you babies.

    on March 26th, 2011 at 12:47 pm
  89. Demitri, what rock did you crawl out from under? Man, you’re a hater!

    on March 27th, 2011 at 6:08 am
  90. Teri-
    I am simply stating that it nothing to be sad for. Life is a war. Your going to lose eventually, but it is about the battles you win along the way.

    on March 27th, 2011 at 8:23 am
  91. I love this book… I love the movie too

    on June 1st, 2011 at 7:37 pm
  92. I read this book and watched the movie. I cried my heart out… I was so totally sad. The father was responsible for everything.

    on July 28th, 2011 at 5:30 pm
  93. i really need some quotes HELP ME

    on September 1st, 2011 at 1:53 am

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