The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 

John Boyne


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas-John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a sombre story about World War II. Told from the perspective of a naive 9 year old boy named Bruno, this story starts when he is plucked from his house in Berlin and placed in a house not far from a fence. At first glance, this fence looks ordinary, and it is. However, it is what lays beyond the fence that makes Bruno grow curious. Soon, he finds himself at the edge of the concentration camp, talking to a boy from beyond the fence. Bruno and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Shmuel, go on a moving journey, and slowly figure out why the fence is there. Bruno’s curiosity gets the best of him. Soon, the innocent nine year old dares to crawl beneath the fence.

Social/Historical context:

The book is set in World War II. The morale of the story is that no one is born disliking others, and no one is born racist. The two boys become friends despite what others tell them.

Writing Style:

The writing style was from the point of view of a naive nine year old boy. The words are easy to read. However, because the narrator is so naive, the reader has to often put two and two together to figure out what is happening. Since the third person limited omniscient are so simple, it only tells half the story. The other half has to be assumed by the reader.

My Thoughts:

The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas was the most moving and inspirational book I have ever read. Although I have heard stories of World War II, I have never heard one from the point of view of a child. Although I can never fully know how it was like during that time, it helped me understand more about what it was like, and how lucky we are.

Book Reviewed by Anna Maslechko

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