The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne 8/10

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas written by John Boyne is one of the books I chose to read this summer. The main character is a boy named Bruno growing up during World War II whose father is a commandant for the Nazi’s. His family moves early on in the novel due to Bruno’s father’s job.  Bored in his new house Bruno decides to partake in one of his favorite pastimes, exploring. His house is adjacent to a giant, long, fence separating him and his family from acres of dirt fields and small huts with a bunch of people wearing striped pajamas. Curious with the other side Bruno walked alongside it for a while and met a boy named Shmuel sitting next to the fence on the other side who he became very good friends with. After a while Bruno’s father decided that it was time for the rest of his family to return to their normal life in Berlin. Bruno and Shmuel decided to have one final adventure. On their last meeting Shmuel lifted up the fence, gave Bruno a pair of striped pajamas and led him toward the huts. Suddenly the soldiers rounded them up and sent them on a march that led them to a big gym after which they were never heard of again. Bruno’s fathers optimism towards the Nazi Party was destroyed as he eventually pieced Bruno’s story together. 

My favorite thing about this book is that the author is extremely descriptive, and through Boyne’s writing one sees the world as Bruno would. One can piece together the realities of Bruno’s life that he has not yet discovered through the descriptive imagery and flashbacks. This book is suited for readers of all ages and is a classic that everybody should eventually read.

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