The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/02/2007
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
No Don't Do It
An amazing story, based on the innocence of a child, set during the second world war. This had me screaming at the end, "No Don't Do It", but you will have... READ MORE
sarah major
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
There are better books about the Holocaust
If Boyne intended to write a book with a different 'spin' on the Holocaust, then he certainly succeeded. However, there are obvious dangers in fictionalisi... READ MORE
Amy Pirt at Thanet
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
An incredible novel
This book has got to be one of the most amazing stories I have ever read in my life. Whilst reading it I was fascinated at how John Boyne manages to illust... READ MORE
Yasmine Abusahmen at Waterstones Worcester Hi

Synopsis

'Simply written and highly memorable' Ireland on Sunday 'A subtle, calculatedly simple and ultimately moving story' Irish Times 'Stays ahead of its readers before delivering its killer-punch final pages'Independent 'A small wonder of a book . . . A particular historical moment, one that cannot be told too often' Guardian 'An extraordinary tale of friendship and the horrors of war...Raw literary talent at its best'Irish Independent ______________What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil?Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country.All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no-one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.Bruno's friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation.And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.The new novel by John Boyne, WATER, is available for pre-order now.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552773805
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 161g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 15 mm

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Pulls At Your Heartstrings.
This truly is one of those emotional stories which stays with you long after reading it: a story capable of pulling at your heartstrings at the mere though... READ MORE
SiobhanC
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This book is excellent. The ending was extremely emotional.
Katie Pinn
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
I did enjoy it but was left with a very unsettling feeling that somehow Bruno's life was worth more thamn Shmuel's. would be very interested to know if oth... READ MORE
Sandra Duck
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This is one of the most touching and well written books I have read in a long time. As the story progresses the reader learns more and more about what is h... READ MORE
Jo Newsome
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This was a very interesting, and sometimes eerie, read. Definately a story that can not be told enough and it was from an unusual point of view. I did feel... READ MORE
Adam Hall
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Excellent book. Very emotional, especially considering you are looking at the Holocoust from a childs point of view. Beautifully written and very easy to... READ MORE
Nicola Hanson
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
A beautifully written story about two boys living through and finding friendship at the time of World War 2. It`s sad and overwhelming at the same time. Th... READ MORE
Ilona
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Wonderful read-between-the-lines story
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is truly a must-read for everyone. It's such a beautiful (and also sad) story and I especially liked the superb way in which... READ MORE
djaspaspas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
I found the central character Bruno quite unbelievable in his naivity as to what was going on in Germany during the war. Also his conversations with the l... READ MORE
anne hanson
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
A touching story of the innocence of childhood and a friendship that knew no barriers. Well written, so you don't want to put it down.....
Laura Dickerson
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Excellent book and very special. Something very different from what I have read until now that makes you realise the brutal truth that is linked to war tim... READ MORE
Olga Dai
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
I thought it was a heart warming and touching read i would highly recomened it.
Jessica Dolan
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
I love this book. The end is unexpectedly sad. This book will automatically tell you how the Holocaust terribly has affected people including innocent kids... READ MORE
Ami Takahashi
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Worth Reading
it is important to remember that this book is meant for children. It is, however, a brilliant story! Heart wrenching and touching. A beautifully told stor... READ MORE
GJ
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
written in a similar way to the curious incident of the dog in the night - takes you on a wonderful journey with a very upsetting climax
Jonathan Hall
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
i really loved this book but at the end was REALLY sad. i didnt even know until i had a friend explain it to. it \kinda made me cry :(but great book :) (Y)
OYiN OLADOJA
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Amazing book really enjoyed itthe point of view was exeptionaly interestingas well as the story its self I was in tears at the end
Camella Buckley
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Moving and challenging
A very different view of the Holocaust to any I have read before. It has always been said that children do not practise discrimination - they have to learn... READ MORE
Dizzyknit
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Truly Wonderful Book
I've never been left in so many tears at the end of a book. It’s truly wonderful and reminds you how innocent young children are. Set in WW2, Bruno, the ce... READ MORE
Jsternberg
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Amazing
I've seen the film, not read the book. I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone, so I'll say one thing: the storyline is amazing. Loved the film and I'm sure... READ MORE
Spence
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
It was an emotional roller coaster!
Nico Matshah
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
I tried to read ths book once but i just couldnt get into it!i heard dat da film was cumin out soon so i gav it another try.i luved it!!!I cryed at da endi... READ MORE
Caoimhe Daly
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Good book, slow at the begining, but will be shocked at the end.
Lisa Parker
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
This was the first book I read as part of a book club, and not something I would normally have picked up off the shelf. Nonetheless, I did enjoy it very mu... READ MORE
Stuart Holden
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
An excellent alternative point of view to GCSE History, extremely moving.
Jennifer Joule