29 October 2009
Title: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Author: John Boyne
Summary by book browse.com
Review by Kirthi
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.
But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
This book was devastatingly sad. It brought the harsh reality of the Holocaust to life, the climax rose and crashed down with a mortifying ending. The innocence of Bruno and "the boy of the other side of the fence" touched me, and only made the impact of the ending harder. I loved this book, but degraded it a few points because of the ending, which I thought was cruel.
It has nothing to do with the amazing literature though, John Boyne is truly a satisfying, quenching author and I hope I can read some more young adult books of his.