The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas: Book Review

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Holcaust.

By far the most disgusting, cruel, and inhumane that has happened in history. It makes me feel sick. The way we used to treat humans of our own as if they were dust lying around on someone’s shiny new shoe or flies on someone’s plate of food. Practically spitting out of their mouth in utter disgust when saying “jew.”

And..why, may I ask?

Because they were not “them.” They were not the blue-eyed, pureblood germans. Oh, and if they are not then what shall we do? I’ve got an idea – put them in rooms with poisonous gas and let them suffocate so much they die in less than 15 minutes. The topic of the holocaust is never-ending. It’s one of those things at which you’re so emotional/ angry at that you won’t be able to stop talking about it.

I’m sure most of you all already know about the holocaust, so let’s not talk about that right now. Let’s talk about this book: The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas.

Just a little backstory – I love holocaust books. It’s one of those topics that make me cry. Big fat tears, dribbling down my cheeks.

Friend: I balled my eyes out when I finished fault in out stars. (A sad romance novel.) It breaks my heart.”

Me: “Oh okay. Yeah, it’s really sad. ( Me – it makes me sad but…*thinks about animals, about holocaust books  – eyes start getting wet*

For real though… they touch my heart so much.

As a small girl, I remember hearing the title of this book. Scrolling through Amazon, it used to catch my eye. But I never saw a child my age reading it. Then one day I heard someone saying how sad and tragic it was and how it was meant for “older” kids. I was frazzled. “Boy In The Striped Pyjamas?” that totally sounded like a children’s book to me. I was really s

But then of course, I realized what it was actually about. But I had forgotten about it by then. Yet, a month back I was scrolling through Amazon looking for books – and it caught my eye again. It drew back a vague memory and I was SOO ecstatic!

My mom had given me several books for my birthday along with other things. “Can you return this book and buy boy in the striped pajamas instead?” I said, pointing to one of the books.

A few days later, it arrived and I started reading it full of excitement. And you could tell, because from 9:30 in the morning to 6 in the evening, I read and read and read and so on and so forth! I was snuggled in a cozy blanket with the fan on full speed, the ligthts off, and the curtains almost drawn showing a glimpse of sun ray onto the page of my book.

HENCE! We finally come to the conclusion – the book review.

The book starts off with 9-year-old boy, Bruno. Right away he’s one of those things I love about the book. His innocence, his cluelessness, his heart so pure so full of love. His dad is a soldier working for Adolf Hitler. Right away his dad is the reason this whole story takes place, why all this is happening. In a way, it’s hard to choose who the protagonist of the story is – Bruno, his dad, or (can’t tell you)

What I noticed about this book, was Bruno has absolutely no idea about “holocaust.” He has no idea why those boys in the striped pajamas are running around in wired fences out all day. He feels jealous, even. Why are they able to play together when he doesn’t have any friends to play? Why does daddy keep bringing soldiers into the house? Why is there smoke and smell coming out from the chimneys?

It makes me feel so so incredibly sad and admire how pure and clean a child’s heart can be. Little does he know that these boys who he thinks are “playing,” are working every day till the blood is sucked out of their skin, till they work so much their bones crackle, and in the end –

Die.

In the book, the author has portrayed Bruno’s mother as distant. It doesn’t quite bother her if her son is lying around with no one to play with, or nothing to do. I’m not saying she’s a bad mother, but she’s not as close to him, either.

That doesn’t bother him though. And in a way, I like that his mother did not check on him quite a lot.

Because that’s how one day, he goes on an adventure.

And everything changes.

I’m not going to tell you what happened, as then it will be absolutely no point. I want to tell you everything and share it with you but this is a review, but if tell you then what’s the point in you reading the book at all?

But, there’s something I wanna tell you – who he met or what he did, whatever it was –  it was beautiful. 🙂 In fact that’s when the whole story takes a turn.

Something Bruno wants to be when he grows up is an “explorer”. He loves exploring. Sometimes, when he has nothing to do he sits by on his swing made out of a tire…

sits and watches the birds on the trees…

the large “house” like thing with the fence…

and sit and breathe in the air. Soon he won’t have to do that, though.

Hehe, go read the book and you’ll know.

There are multiple characters in the book which will make your eyes wet and also my favorites other than Bruno and another character which you should read and find out. Their maid, Maria. And an extremely old, Jewish man named Pavel who comes to their house every day to peel vegetables.

Bruno is so innocent and good from the heart, but what I don’t like he’s only 9 years old after all. In real life, I don’t think such innocence would exist. If the author had made him 7-8 years old, it was understandable but 9 was a little too old to know still so little about such topics.

I will say though, the ending is very, very upsetting and saddening. It has such a big twist to it that you will be jaw-dropped.

Some younger kids may find it disturbing. I would recommend kids over 10 years old to read it because in some parts they might find it too sad. As a parent though if you have read the book, and you think it’s appropriate then read it with them. It’s a beautiful story. They’ll once again be reminded of the innocence that still exists in their hearts.

Conclusion:

All in all, I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved the characters. It makes me never, ever want to grow up. Some people can’t wait till they get older – yeah, you can go anywhere you want without your parent’s having to take you, you can drive a car, you can smoke, you can go to bars, have your own house.

But nothing beats childhood.

I remember when I was 7 years old I used to look at 10-11-year-old kids in my society and wish I could be older, like them.

Then when I become 10 I gazed at the 15-year-olds and I wanted to be older, “teenage-y,” like them.

But now that I’m twelve, I realized that I don’t want to be older. I love being a kid. I don’t want my innocence to slip away like it does when I’m older. Obviously, you do age with time and there’s nothing you can do about it – but this book makes me realize how beautiful childhood is.

Even though there are some things that the author could have executed better in the book, I still think it’s a good book. And I encourage you to read it.

Hey, guess what – this book has a movie, too! I was so excited when I knew about it – minutes after my fingers slipped off the last page, I bounced to a sofa and watched the entire movie. I’m not going to reveal too much as I’m gonna be doing a post soon – the book vs movie comparison. Wait for it. But before you go ahead and watch the movie, DON’T. I know it’s the easy path if you don’t have enough time to sit down and read a book, but trust me I haven’t seen a movie which is better than the book. The description, the details, the whole essence of the story all comes down to the book. So read it first, then watch the movie.

Here are the links to both the book and the movie:

Book (Amazon India) 

Book (Flipkart)

Movie (Amazon India

Movie (Flipkart)

Movie (Netflix)

I hope you enjoyed the review. I had a wonderful time writing it. Will write and publish the comparison one soon! Make sure you are subscribed so you know when I post!

Have you read the book?? If so, totally comment on what you thought of it and what your angle was.

Love you all, thanks for reading <3. I’m sorry I haven’t posted in so long. Thought aside from recipes I’ll start doing more book reviews too 🙂


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