Finally doing something productive in my truck! I'm really into the self-help types of books.
The eighth grade class is reading this in English. After seeing the books all over school, I decided to check it out. I'm so glad I did. What a perspective!
I knew very little about this book except it was also a movie. Quickly after starting, I could tell it was a holocaust story from the tone of the reader. It began a bit slow but quickly captured me as I traveled through Bruno's experiences moving to Germany where his father relocated his family to work at the concentration camps.
I love how the author does not tell you so much, you have to have some understanding of WW2 Germany. The Name Hitler was used once. A younger person who reads this may have a lot of questions.
I didn't see this as a young adult book. When I read reviews, I learned that this book was used in schools and under the YA section.
The only complaint I have is about the editing of the audio. Many times, the reader was clipped at the very end of his sentence. The editing was so tight that this brought me out of the story each disjointed time the reader was edited before he was done with his words completely.
I would recommend this audiobook because of the beautiful narrative and the lilting reading which cradles you, rocks you in that childhood innocence; leads you, guides you to the ending you've always known was there.
I liked the careful, seamless introspection Bruno had. His way of questioning and answering as a nine year old child.
He so captures and draws you along. He's reading is one of the finest of any audio book I've experienced. I would not think to recommend anyone read this to themselves on first approach, but save that for a re-reading.
I took this book into the car with me and ran errands. Sometimes sitting in front of a store I would wait for the chapter to end. I did pause on chapter 19 as I knew what must be coming and wanted to put it off just a little while longer.
I enjoyed the author talk at the end. Knowing now that The Boy in the Stripe Pajamas is also published as a children's book has made me want to read this to my grandchildren in a few years.
My daughter selected
this book to read for summer reading for school. I also read it, so I would know what it was about and be able to discuss it with her. This subject is new to her, so she was basically looking at it from Bruno's innocent viewpoint. She was not able to "connect the dots" on some of the events in the book. I plan to talk with her to explain what happened. It is a good platform to get the conversation going. She will be studying the Holocaust in school this year and visiting the museum in DC. This book and our conversation will give her a good foundation on the subject. I appreciate that the book did not go into much of the terrible details of things that took place at this time in history. I, as a parent, can give her the details I feel appropriate for her age. Great Book!
Hi there! My name is Jen! One of my New Years Resolutions is to read more! I'll try to review all I can!
The movie was amazing, the book was that times two hours. Still a hard book to read yet one of my favorites. Even enjoyed the last thirty minutes with the interview of the writer!