Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Review: The Boy In The Striped Pajamas
Published by David Fickling Books in 2006, movie tie-in edition 2008.
I got this book from the library.
This book can be applied to both of my historical fiction challenges.
The basic of synopsis of this book is Bruno is 9 years old growing up in Berlin who's family moves to Poland for his father's job. One day Bruno is exploring the grounds and comes to a fence with an emaciated boy his age on the other side. The two form a friendship and meet nearly every day at the same spot to talk, until one day when things begin to change.
I loved this book. I'm a huge historical fiction fan so I will read anything of that genre that you put in front of me. I read a lot during my lunch breaks at work, when the guys on my team aren't around (silly part-timers). Josh came in saw the book and goes "Oh, I saw the movie, what part are you at?" I told him and he promised that he wouldn't ruin the ending. Neither will I, and I'm glad he didn't. The end made me cry so hard. Complete sobs, to be honest. I didn't see it coming.
I did love how this novel was written. It was written without any 20/20 hindsight, which was so interesting to me. It is also completely written through a child's naive ego-centric perspective. I was kind of blown away by that. I've read a lot of books from the child's point of view, but there is usually some semblance of adulthood sneaking in.
I also really liked that you're kind of intentionally confused (mildly) because Bruno, being a typical child, mispronounces words. The best example is Out-With. I won't tell you what it really stands for, because you may not figure it out until the middle of the novel if you're like me, and when it clicks it's awesome.
I liked the ending to an extent. The last couple pages were kind of a let down in a way. After such an epic scene, the actual ending of the book seemed kind of superfluous. But it made me cry so hard. I even called Matt and told him, and he even teared up.
I'm undecided if I am going to watch the movie. I really want to, but if the book made me cry that hard, I can't imagine how hard the movie will make me cry. I may need Matt, tissues, triscuits and ice cream for support.
I give this novel 4 dog-eared pages. Definitely worth the read if you like YA and/or historical fiction. Just don't forget the tissues.