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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2 vol.)

by John Boyne
Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives on the other side of the wire fence. 244 pages, Ages 10 & up

Item Number: 1184
Category:Longer Fiction in Contracted Braille (in EBAE)

Price: $20.00
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Reviews for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2 vol.)
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5I've read many books that fall into the "Holocaust literature" category. This one may actually be a book that is written in a style that COULD be read by a child, but should be read by adults. Whether it is suitable for children depends on how sensitive your child is and how well you think he or she could handle some very graphic details. They aren't "graphic" in the sense of being spelled out in detail, but the reader's imagination can fill in the blanks. At age 9, this book would have been far too intense for me - and the main character in this one, Bruno, is age 9. The author used a technique which was brilliant, taking readers into the mind and thoughts of a child whose father worked for the "Fury" (the Fuhrer) and who is sent to live in Out-With (Auschwitz), on the safe side of the fence, in an actual home. The novel is labeled "a fable" and I think this was a wise choice by both author and publisher. After all, no one knows exactly how a 9 year old son of a German officer would think, and young Bruno seems remarkably naive sometimes. But just as light sets off shadows more vividly, I think his exaggerated innocence allows readers to experience the horrors of Auschwitz that much more. For that reason, I don't think the accuracy of Bruno's character is all that important. The effect on the reader (THIS reader, anyway) is profound and deep.
2011-08-21

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