What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil?
Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.
Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.
©2016 John Boyce (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
It is a wonderful book from a 9 year old German boy who seems oblivious to what is happening and questions some the the happenings that time in a very innocent perspective. It is true that not everyone knew especially kids at that time what was going on and it is a great start to knowing more about world war 2 and read more serious books later on about the subject. The narration is excellent and overall an amazing experience. Love it.
"One of the best books I have ever read."
Yes. Loved the reader and characters.
Buddha in the attic and Farm and War Horse.
Yes but I don't have the time.
"Fantastic short story"
As it is written in the eyes of the little boy Bruno, it gives the reader a unique perspective on the holocaust. An interesting yet thought-provoking read!
"Childhood lost when adulthood reigns"
I've seen the movie which motivated me to listen to the book. There are parts of this story which wasn't apparent in the film and in that sense, I'm glad I have listened to this.
The story is just as compelling and shockingly simple yet tells a lot from the perspective of a young boy. Adult behaviour translated in child perception. It's brilliantly narrated and the story enfolds to its shocking climax; which as a child or someone who does not know the history, may not discover.
I also liked the writer interview at the end.
"moving story that everyone should read and discuss"
This is one of those stories that i hope we never need to write again or need to discuss. However, i suspect it is a lesson that future generations will also need to relearn. I highly recommend that everyone reads it and takes time to discuss it with those around us a that no one else suffers in this way.
"Couldn't stop listen to it!!! "
very easy to follow and captivating. lovely story for different generations. strongly recommended it !
"Touching emotive story."
A brilliantly told story that would be enjoyed by children and adults alike like. Highly recommended to all.
"Excellent story & enlightening interview with author"
This book can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. It acts a good starting point for children learning about the war and the unchecked capabilities of humanity. For adults it humanises and individualises what is often talked about as an event involving groups of people who's individual perspectives are not discussed. The book is very short, but loses nothing in magnitude!
this is a brilliantly written book. children's perspective of things are usually overlooked and this book takes you back to a time when 9 year olds were innocent and not worldly wise as they seem to be today. thoroughly recommend this book
"Emotional and educational"
I learnt a lot from this book as well as it being a story that you could imagine happening. It also gives hope that future generations may not carry on our mistakes but going against taught behaviour and authority is hard.
How heart wrenching how it ended.
"Overall an amazing listen"
this book actually made me cry, all the emotions and back stories were just amazing. you definitely need to listen/read this book!
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