“I had a vague idea of what this book was about, mainly a story about a boy during the holocaust. I'd heard a lot of buzz about this book when it was first published but I put it off. Recently, I was looking for something to listen to in the car and stumbled on it in the YA section of the library.
All I have to say is WOW.
I was stunned to realize that the perspective is from a little nine-year-old boy whose father is a Nazi Commandant at Auschwitz. Bruno, the boy, moves there from Berlin and is utterly ignorant of what is going on around him.
He is exploring the fence around the camp and meets another little boy named Schmuel who is standing on the other side of the fence in his 'stripped pajamas.'
I had an inkling of where the author was going with the narrative, and knew there was no where else to go, but was shocked -- and rightly so -- on how it ended.
One of my favorite books growing up was The Devil's Arithmetic, and this book was similar but the point of view and the larger statement about complacency, innocence, and ignorance put this book in one of my favorite books of all time.
I am still reeling, and I hope any person who reads this book takes away the larger message. ”