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!
1) The narration- what an excellent reading of the book
2) The story- the beautiful clash between the innocence of a child and the evil of the Holocaust
Bruno and Shmuel were both my "favorite" characters. The portray the basic innate needs we all have- the need for a close relationship/friendship, the need for partnership, the need to have someone believe in you and give you strength when you have none, and the need to mentor/help someone else in trouble. What an amazing portrayal of the relationship that develops between these boys
I've never listened to Michael Maloney- but I plan to search out all of his other narrations
It made me laugh, It made me cry, it made me think, it made me feel, it made me believe in the goodness of humans, and it made me fear the cruelty within.
This book and its narration ranks right up along The Book Thief and All The Light We Cannot See. Incredible.
Should be required reading for everyone on planet earth. I loved Bruno's innocence, and I loved how the author told the story from the perspective of this naive nine year old boy. To me, that made the setting and events even more horrible. Hard to believe that, so many years later, genocide is still alive and well in many parts of the world. The narrator kept me engrossed, and I believe his delivery of Bruno's speech patterns far surpassed what my mind would have conjured, had I read the book instead of listened to it. This fable will stay with me for a long, long time - because it very well could have happened during those awful years . . . or yesterday . . .
By knowing the background of the actual history before listening to this book, you get to have those funny insights. For example, when you here Bruno calling his new home "Outwith", you know it's really Auschwitz; when the boys are discussing their family's patches on their clothes, Bruno's father with the swastika and Schmuel's with the star of David, Bruno doesn't know whether he prefers his father's symbol or Schmuel's when we all know on the other side of the book that the patches showed the difference between life or death in Germany, essentially.
The ending for the two boys is unmistakably heart-wrenching. Hearing the part about how more than anything Bruno was not going to let go of Schmuel's hand made me feel vulnerable, to say the least. Listening to this story, you remember how you felt as a little kid: making new friends of all sorts; the loneliness of a new area; dealing with an older sibling who treats you like you don't know anything; trying your best to find a silver lining in everything; an innocent love and compassion for someone, whether they're like you or not.
Both. There were parts that were very funny, especially paired with Michael Maloney's voice, and parts that were very sad. I saw and own the movie, which makes me tear up every time, and the book is just as good. Usually I find the books that movies are based on to be much better than the film, but I feel like the book and film for this story are equally good.
This book is good for people of all ages, if you ask me. There would definitely be some things to discuss if you listen to this story as a family, because some things are not black and white about what happens, such as the ending. Younger readers might be confused about some of the things going on, like what happened to Pavel or why Bruno's family had to move or possibly even why Hitler believed in the Aryan race and nothing else. Even if you don't know very much beyond the top layer of WWII and the Holocaust, this story is one to embrace and internalize. Don't pass this one up if you like historical dramas.