Boy In The Stripped Pyjamas Book Review

Topics: Friendship, Jews, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Pages: 3 (1254 words) Published: November 29, 2014
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas Book Review

Title
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
Author
John Boyne
Genre
Realistic, war and adventure
Story line
Eight year old Bruno knows nothing of the Holocaust.
He knows nothing of the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he is aware of is he is suddenly being moved from his comfortable home in Berlin to a desolate area where he is bored all day with nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy his own age just like him you lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the wire fence. He is just one of the many people over there who wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Characters

The main characters are:
Bruno
I would describe him as a very spoilt boy with a very rich family and who likes getting his own way. His childish innocence takes him on mischievous adventures to the most unlikely and dangerous of places. Bruno seems very unhappy in his new home Auschwitz as he is all alone with no one to talk to or play with but his older sister who he calls ‘a hopeless case’. When Bruno finds Shmuel he seems extremely thrilled, he has found a new companion his own age to play with, yet does he know the difficulties Shmuel has to face on a daily basis and Shmuels inevitable fait. I think Bruno is very much like an ordinary real eight year old boy, mischievous, adventurous, and unexposed to the cruelties of the humane world we live in. I think Bruno is slightly stereotyped for a boy his age because most boys his age would behave as him in his circumstances. Over the long period me and my fellow class mates have been reading this book I have become very attached to Bruno as he is the main character in the story and as we read through his eyes.

Shmuel
I would describe him as a boy the same age as Bruno who probably just likes to play with his friends and explore as Bruno does, until he is taken away from his home and put in a concentration...
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