i cant wait to read this book it sounds so good
I heard an interview of John Boyne and he said he received many angry letters over this book from parent whose children read it and asked questions!
How can someone read this book and say "blah, blah"? I knew it was about the Holocaust but I interpreted it to be that if you bring any one group down, you get dragged down with it.
You must read it angelgirl--it is one I will NEVER forget. I mentioned Bruno today to a colleagues. I told her we must remember to be like Bruno and meet the "other" so that we do not become like "them" who created "Outwith"
I saw a preview for a feature film based on the book due to come out this winter. Just seeing the previews brought back so many memories from the book. I don't know if I will see the movie - don't know if I want to run that emotional gauntlet again.
best boook ever!!
gd book! worth reading ......
Yes read it. I think it is much more a book about being nieve than about the Holocaust. There are better Holocaust books out there, but I do not think there are too many books that are better at slowly and mysteriously evolving into such a remarkable ending.
I loved this book although I did find it hard to believe a 9 year old -- even a sheltered little boy-- could be soooo gullable.
Yeah, it does seem slightly unrealistic that a 9 and a 12 year old in Germany at thing time woudn't even know what the countryside looked like. (I'm referring to early on in the book when the kids are theorising about what the camp is)
I love this book- its fantastic as a kids book and a adult book- plan to read it to my 7 year old if she's interested. I read this book in one day and cried my eyes out- took me 16 hours i think and I soaked it all up- not a race to finish. I met the author when he came over last year at a jewish school function- it was prescribed reading for a few jewish schools in and around Caufield (I have jewish connections (thanks Mish) and scrounged an invite with my mate Joe from uni). I got him to sign my copy so I treasure it always.
What do you think happened to Paval?
Do you believe that Mother and Lt. Kotler were having an affair?
I believe they were but I want to know your opinion?
Quite possibly. Mother was obviously extremely upset with Father's decision of duty/job over family, and could have sought a better companion. However, Lt. Kotler would have been an even worse decision then Father for his cruel streak. And if she was having an affair, wouldn't she have wanted to stay? I thought that maybe Lt. Kotler was there to keep an eye on the loyalty (and influence of) Father's family.
Kotler had left by the time Mother decided she wanted to leave. Another reason I believed she was having the affair was because Bruno heard Mother and Father arguing right after Kotler was sent away.
I honestly don't think so. If anything, Lt. Kotler was having inappropriate relations with Bruno's sister. I think Mother just finally woke up from Dreamland and realized that what Father was doing was not right, and she wanted to get out. I don't think the fighting really had anything to do with Kotler.
I think they were. There was that part in the book where Mother came into the room not realizing that Bruno was there and was saying, "Hey sweetheart! (or some other endearment) I have some time now if..." Then she saw Bruno standing there. Then Lt. Kotler was sent away, which could have been because of the affair. And, of course the part where Bruno heard his parents arguing.”
I just finished this book and as many have said, it took my breath away in the end. I believe that the author was also giving us a warning to look for signs. This COULD happen to us. One of the first things that happened in Germany was that firearms were confiscated leaving the people with nothing to defend themselves. I have said for many years that there has NEVER been a shortage of evil in this world. It COULD happen to us.
I agree up to a point. Taking away firearms seems perfectly reasonable, the insane increase in CCTV, removal of internet rights and proposed ID cards are much more sinister and real in today's society.
I wanted to see the movie, but missed it. Is the book worthwhile? Is it sad??
I did not read the book, but the movie is a must see!!! So powerful and the fact that it's done from the child's perspective was just amazing!!
I didn't know there was a movie. I may be only 12, but this book was fantastic.
I am really interested about World War 2 and this booked seemed to show many facts about it, whilst telling a brilliant story. The book is sad but i'll let you find out why for yourself.
I have not read this book (yet) but I did see the film. I was profoundly shaken for days after seeing the film. I'm sure the book is even more vivid. A look at the Holocaust from a different point of view.
Fabulous book, read it in 2007 for Sydney Writer's Festival. Seen movie recently, reminded me how sad the book was. A must-read for young adults and adults who are born after the 50s. Maybe, forgive these WW2 crimes but never forget.
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is this a good book???
I was haunted by the ending. It ended in a way I never expected it to. I won't say how it ended, but I will say it end in a dark, dark irony. My fiance is Jewish, and his mother lost family in the Holocaust.
This book was kinda creepy and scary. The ending was very sad. I think that they are going to make a movie.
This is a fantastic book! Read through the eyes of a child, it is an insight into two very different lives during WW2. I don't want to give any clues away...but it will stop your heart!!!!
THIS MOVIE WAS SO SAD!!
I never saw the movie. Was it good? And was it like the book?
Should i read this book it sounds really good
The boy in the stripped Pajamas:
I book is about this little German boy name Bruno who’s father is a Nazi General during Hitler’s rise. Bruno one day has to move away with his family from Berlin to Poland. In Poland he meets Shmuel in his back yard, along with other ‘famers’ (Jews), wearing pajamas. Shmuel and Bruno become good friends. They eventually die together in a concentration camp.
This book is wonderful to do when covering the Holocaust and friendship. Students can compare books during that time periods well. This can also be a history lesson and Geography because it takes place during WWII in Germany.
To truly understand this book you must know thie history of the Holocaust. In addition, I think to be fully impacted by it, you must also be a parent or have children in your life. This is one of those books that anyone who loves a well written book will respect. It is a marvel at point of view and tells Bruno's story in a pure and truly child-like way.
This book is superb for many reasons. The film which I saw after reading the book, bears no resemblance whatsoever !!
I did not fee the movie 'bears no resemblance' -- a few details were left out or emphases changed, but major issues there. Still I think the best way to approach is to read book first, then watch movie. I wish I were still a teacher and teaching this in a combined history/reading classroom.
To Toniqua--yes, the book suggests the mother and Kotler were having an affair, though the movie didn't suggest that at all (and movie suggest Kotler gets in trouble for a different reason). I thought that was a way of minimizing an intial tendency to make the mother a 'better' character than the father--she was flawed too.
This is touching and sad story that everyone should read. There were parts, especially towards the end that made my heart drop and tears roll down my face. It is slow at first, but then gets good and it's such an easy read that I couldnt put it down, it was worth evry minute of reading.
It's hard to imagine that someone could live through the Holocaust without even knowing it was going on!
Not if that someone is a child. There were adults during the time that were unaware as well. Wasn't too difficult since a lot of it was hush-hush, and all of the propaganda.
I adored this book it was beautifully written from a child's perspective I was thinking about my 9 year old nephew as I was reading and wondered how he would have made sense of such a situation and as for the ending all I can say is WOW....
I liked the book very much is was a very heartfelt book it goes to show how life was hard back than in War World II. Especially when you had a mind of your own. This book also shows that if people stop judging by color, race, money etc... We can all help eachother and live in a peacefull crime free world. As well as about the movie that was made ... yes, it's definetly not the book but I think it was a great attempt. As "you can never put a book into a movie".
movie had a stupid ending, he died, and then nothing happened!
I'm going to watch the movie soon.
I had to read this for my reading class, and had to highlite and write in it. it was a great book. I just didn't like it as much as I would have.
I'm watching the movie in my reading class soon. I hope it's as good as the book.
An example of my meaning: The relationships between Father & Son, Brother & Sister, the framework on which the book is constructed, conflict from book to film. The book conveys a much stricter or severe relationship between Father & Son as it does between Brother & Sister.
Is the movie as good as the book?
movies are never as good as the book. But stand-alone, the movies IS pretty funny n crazzyy...especially the part where Y keeps seeing his dying gunner (i think, or was it a copilot)
oops sorry, wrong book...thought this was the catch-22 string.
100% yes! The movie is as good as the book. It was really sad (The movie) and you just have to pause it every scene to stop and just cry your eyes out. If you are 11 and over and you learned about the Holocaust, definietly see the movie!
really awesome book. he's so innocent, and some things are cutely funny. really sad, but touching ending. the relationship between him, his Jewish friend, his parents, his sister, and the other soldiers are so unique...fantastic.
It is one of the saddest books I have ever read.
Title: The Boy and the Striped Pajamas
Author: John Boyne
Genre: Historical Fiction
This book is about a young boy named Bruno who is brought to this house at a place he doesn’t like but has too deal with it. The reason he moves to this place is because the Fury as big things in mind for his father. The rest f the family is too happy about the move either as much as Bruno. I liked this book more a few books I’ve read it have a good story line to it and the book is funny in ways. To me I thought it was a really good book and I think you should plan on reading it.
i have never actually read it but i have heard about it and i really want to see and read it
I read this book and I did not cry, but it was very powerful. However, when I saw the movie at school, multiple students cried and I did have to look away from some parts including the part when the young Nazi beats the old Jewish man to death. The last scene really hit me and it was very sad. :'( Never forget this horrible time.
i say that the boy in the striped pajamas was sad i cried in the book and in the movie too
the moive wasn't even close to the book!!
what are some other books like this one??
I just got done reading it and it took for ever. I thought that I'd never get into this book and then right at the middle I just couldn't put it down. I didn't cry but I almost did I had to put the book down to stop myself. I can't wait to see the movie now. If it's half as good as the book then I'l like it too.
Truly amazing book, makes you think and reminds you of all who were effected by this horrible tragedy that was this war. It also pleasantly reminds you of the innocence of youth and how it was when you didn't notice the differences in people, you were just friends. It's a tough one, but totally worth the time and effort.
it is not really sad to me it is about real life this is the truth in the world
i just finished reading and i think it's quite touching but i didnt get the end ?
The end is the most terrifying part of the book. The two boys walk into the extermination chamber together, the whole while with Bruno trusting that anything that his father is connected to must be safe and good. It is one of those times in books that I want to yell out to the characters to stop and save themselves. Instead, they walk together to their deaths -- one a son of a Nazi and one a Jew.
I was confused a little there too.... I thought at the end they were both shot, but I'm not sure.
to put it simply... they both walk into a gas chamber and die together
He died in a gas chamber with shmeul
Ok! This book was boring the movie was even more boring! And this book is so depressing! I know its the war but John Boyne could make some exciting parts to! Come on John you can do better!
Have seen the movie......looking forward to read the book. The movie was quite depressing.....!!!
why would you see the movie before the book likenow yu know how it ends....
The end of this book is haunting me! I never expected a happy ending, but the end of this book is devastating. Obviously it's not 100% historically accurate (as some have complained), but it's fiction. A powerful must-read.
Ydo u think bruno feels like he has nothing.
I'm confused about the "Hopeless Case" thing, does anyone know what this is supposed to imply? I mean, he said it had something to do with a doctor saying that, and that is what confused me. So. I'm guessing its another one of those misinterpretations of Bruno's but I'm not sure what it is all about.
I think the sister is a typical young teenager - restless, bored and snotty - and Bruno probably heard his parents saying "she's a helpless case" (since she's going through a phase). That's how I looked at it, anyway.
Should I read this I got rid of copy because I wasn't so sure about this so what do you recommend I should read this or not?
1. Did this change your view of the Holocaust in any way?
2. What did you think of this simplistic writing style?
3. What was Lieutenant Kotler hiding about his father?
4. What was the significance of uniforms in this story?
5. Why is this a fable and not a novel?
6. Is it feasible of a nine-year-old not to know what was going on with the war in 1942?
7. Hitler’s mistress Eva is kind and compassionate in this book. Was that true?
8. Did you notice that point of view changed to Shmuel’s near the end?
9. What did you think of “the Hopeless Case”?
10. In reality, would Shmuel have been allowed to sit by the fence most afternoons?
11. If you were in the army and a commander ordered you to shoot a group, would you ?
Have you ever compromised yourself under peer pressure?
12. Have you ever betrayed a friend who really needed you to stick up for them?
13. Did Bruno come to realize any of the horror that was happening?
14. Why does Shmuel forgive Bruno?
15. Did Bruno come to realize any of the horror that was happening?
16. Gretel thinks Jews are inferior, Bruno does not. Why?
I am desperate to read this to my class. I loved the book and wish to share it with my class of children aged 8 - 10 years old. We have done a lot of work on ANZAC Day here in NZ, we've read numerous sophisticated picture books based on the World Wars and have had in depth discussions on these topics before. My class are clued up on the subject, are very capable readers and love shared stories. I believe that each child will bring something quite different to the story, and because of the way the story is written, those younger children will not infer as much from the story as the older ones. (Meaning they will only understand what is within their grasp). I think they can handle it - what do you think??