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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | John Boyne
Powerful and unsettling. . . . As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank. USA Today Berlin, 1942: 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 to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people 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 from his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.From the Hardcover edition.
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tdrosebud
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I was aware of the existence of this book, but knew nothing of the subject matter. It is a story of WWII told through the eyes of a naive 9 year old German boy. I knew immediately where his family relocated and what his father did. The ending broke my heart. I saw it coming as soon but hoped it wouldn't end the way it did. Very good book.
April #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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rachelshareex
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thewallflower0707
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Please don‘t support this author, don‘t read this book in class, don‘t buy it for your children. The Auschwitz Memorial Museum on Twitter has heavily criticized it.

“The UCL study concluded that the book‘s use in schools helped to foster “an inaccurate perception of German ignorance of the Holocaust.”

https://www.kveller.com/the-boy-in-the-striped-pyjamas-set-holocaust-education-b...

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JenlovesJT47 I hated this book but liked the movie. I can‘t remember how old the main boy character is supposed to be but in the book he had the mentality of a 2-year-old and it just really bothered me. 1mo
thewallflower0707 @JenlovesJT47 The worst thing for me as a German is, that Bruno should be completely indoctrinated into hating Jewish people. It also spreads the lie that the normal population didn‘t know about the camp and what was going on. This book helps Holocaust denial. 1mo
JenlovesJT47 @thewallflower0707 that makes a lot of sense. Would have made the story better if Bruno was indoctrinated but became friends with him anyway. It‘s been ages since I‘ve seen the movie and the whole thing is just so sad. I‘ve read so many WWII books. Do you have any recommendations for good WWII historical fiction? 1mo
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thewallflower0707 @JenlovesJT47 I really recommend testimonials of survivors: Night by Eli Wiesel, If this is a man by Primo Levi, The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva M Kor. The Light in Hidden Places is for younger readers and based on a real story. For a better view into German minds at that time, try Remote Sympathy and The Book Thief. 1mo
thewallflower0707 @JenLovesTJ47 More Stories about survivors but not written as non-fiction, try: The Boy who followed his father into Auschwitz, The Klara Witzel Story, The Sisters of Auschwitz, The Brothers of Auschwitz. For Non-Fiction: The Choice by Edith Eger (a magnificent author), The Light of Days (about Jewish resistance), The Nine Hundred. 1mo
JenlovesJT47 Thank you! Adding them all to my list 🤗 1mo
JenlovesJT47 The only one I‘ve read of these is The Book Thief and it‘s really good. Thank you again! Gonna start with the twins book. 1mo
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Caterina
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Listened to this #AuthorAMonth book on my #AudioWalk today! Lots of flowers in Berkeley right now. 🌷Very much not enamored with the book so far (28% in) but at least it's a break for my brain! 🎧

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marleed
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This was an emotional book for me, and I‘m glad I read it because the innocence and honesty of children made this heartbreaking. I do recognize how implausible it would be for such a friendship to unfold in this horrific place and respect the critics who disagree with the setting used to this story. April #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

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Kenneth.Visaya
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The book “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne, is a book that goes back in time of the World War 2 where this boy named Bruno and he lives in Berlin. He finds out that his entire family has to move out to some place where his father has to work for a person named the “Furry”. Later on in this story Bruno finds a friend that lives behind a fence Shmuel. Bruno finds an idea that he can play with Shmuel, so he sneaks inside and since this-

Kenneth.Visaya Was in the World War 2 the soldiers made them walk and toward the end of the story it did not end good. If you like books that goes back in the day, and have something to do with war this is a good. I would say how the author wrote this book is in first person because we see this in Bruno point of view. 2mo
MissYaremcio Kenneth - thank you for the post! The ending is a tough one for sure! 6/6 2mo
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Noveldrama
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I read this book in lockdown. It's a very short book but you can't even guess what shock or ache this book hold in itself .
The end made me speechless and l just felt like I want to know more .
This book is definitely not for kids

WJCintron I cried so much. The movie destroyed me too! 2mo
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Dom_inator
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The book has not been my favourite. I haven‘t read the entire book as if yet but so far I have not been too interested. It starts off with the main character, Bruno, going home to find his maid packing up his things so his family can move away to a different house. This book takes place during world war 2 in the 1940s and Bruno‘s family is on the side of the nazis. Bruno moves to a much sadder and darker house than his original home.

Dom_inator I have only read about 2 or 3 chapters and it has been pretty slow so far. Maybe I am just not understanding the book or I could just not be interested enough in the book. The book isn‘t terrible but it is not my favourite. 5mo
MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Dom! I was just missing the recommendation and the theme! 3/6 5mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2021Book115
Just finished teaching this for the third time. It‘s always a favorite with my 8th graders.

Texreader How do y‘all all not end up sobbing? 6mo
JacintaMCarter @Texreader There was definitely some sniffling happening. 6mo
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ju.ca.no
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I‘m on a small weekend long getaway holiday with my boyfriend and accidently finished my buddyread with @Tanisha_A a bit early. This book left me heartbroken oh my god😭 5/5 🌟

Cupcake12 My daughter (11) has just read this in school and watched the film too. She said the whole class was nearly crying and the teacher! 6mo
ju.ca.no @Cupcake12 totally understandable - I was close to crying too 😳 it‘s heartbreaking. People where so cruel and stupid in those times 😭 6mo
BiblioLitten It is a heart-wrenching book😭 6mo
Tanisha_A ☹️ 6mo
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freeatlast1137
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A boy makes a friend across the fence.

Texreader Have you seen the movie? 9mo
freeatlast1137 @Texreader no, not yet. I‘m planning on seeing it one of these nights after Matthew is asleep. 9mo
Texreader @freeatlast1137 you might put it off. It will break you. 9mo
freeatlast1137 @Texreader that‘s good to know. I‘ll wait until I‘m in a good headspace to watch it. 9mo
Texreader @freeatlast1137 A really good headspace and preferably with someone else in the room. You might just wait until Matthew is a lot older. Maybe it‘d have been different if I‘d read the book first. So maybe it won‘t be so devastating for you. I‘ve got the book but decided not to read it. 9mo
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Mistry26
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A powerful book packed with adventure friendship and bravery. A heartbreaking story! Well executed and impossible to put down.

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NashT

Character Focus*: What choices has the character made thus far? Do you agree with their decision?
So, far the character has made a big choice of deciding to walk a long, a very long fence everyday to talk with his new “friend“. This was due to his family's recent movement, which caused him to have no friends in the new area he lived in. I agree with the decision because all he wanted was social interaction. A way to stay sane, which I understand.

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NashT

Fiction: In another place or time, how would the story change? Where else could the story take place?

I believe, that if you took this story and put into anywhere else in time, that story would already be present. What I mean by this, is the historical accuracy in the sense of how Jews were discriminated against simply because of their race is still present. Black Lives matter for example, it started because they were discriminated against.

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JacintaMCarter
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#2021Book8
This was my second time teaching this book. Unfortunately, this class didn‘t respond to it as well as last year‘s kids, but I think they still got quite a bit out of it.

LazyOwl I cried so much when I read this 😭 1y
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WormForWords
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The super inaccuracy really lets this book down, and I get that the book was probably trying to show the irony of war. What goes around comes around, blah blah blah. But what it really seems to send the message of is that the tragedy is not the millions of innocent Jews that were senselessly murdered but the one German son of the nazi soldier who ‘didn‘t belong in the camp‘ and ‘didn‘t deserve to die‘ - this book just rubbed me the wrong way.

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jmtrivera
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While I struggled with the simple and childish way this was told, the message comes across very clearly. But the story drags a bit due to the writing. At the end, the book makes it clear that the story is supposed to be a fable, but that might have been helpful to know earlier. Still, that ending will haunt me for quite a while.

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Jennick2004
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Not people at all?! 🙄

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thevagabondlawyer
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I don't know what to say! Short but lacerating, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is a novel that will quickly hook you in, and disorient you in a way you've never experienced before, but it will slowly reorient you and ponder, What on earth are we really here for as humans? Who gets to say one is superior and the other is inferior? Who in his right mind has the authority to discriminate and condemn people for who they are? 👇

thevagabondlawyer It's crazy and I hope there will be no more fences, real or imagined, there will be no more us vs. them narrative. We all just want to live and carry on and endure and be fulfilled in our own ways. 👇 1y
thevagabondlawyer I might go watch the movie soon. Whenever I think of a book to recommend for first-time readers, I think of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. But this time, it is not so much difficult to recommend this book in the hope that this will open up something in the reader's mind, for good, for the better. 👏👊 1y
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Suet624
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I‘m very late to the party reading this one. Boyne does an amazing job. Straddling the line between young adult/adult fiction, I kept wondering how he would finish the tale. The book was bound to pack a punch and it sure did. This audio version also had an interview with Boyne which was icing on the cake.

AmyG I thought this was such a good book. Yes, the ending....wow. 1y
LeahBergen Oh, this book. 😭 1y
Suet624 @AmyG @LeahBergen Boyle is so good at what he does. 1y
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NashT

What do you notice about the writing - the way the author wrote? In the passage I read, the writer included more descriptive writing. The author was describing the new place Bruno had found himself in (a house outside of a concetration camp). He provided extra detail when Bruno had challenged his father about where they lived and why, as well as when Bruno and Gretel (his sister) were gazing out Brunos window at the people withhin the camps.

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Cazxxx
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Which books have made you cry? This book and also the film both got me really emotional 😭

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Nightingale, A Thousand Splendid Suns, TellThe Wolves I‘m Home, Suzanne‘s Diary for Nicholas 💔💔💔💔 to name a few! 1y
Cazxxx @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks a thousand splendid suns was outstanding 🥰 1y
BooksNBowls All the Light We Cannot See 😭😭 1y
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Cazxxx @Raychelellen I haven‘t read that yet but i intend to! 1y
BeaG This is a great book. I shed a tear when I read it. 1y
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kelton airey
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The boy in the striped pajamas is a phenomenal read and a piece of literature perfection. John Boyne very much outdid himself while writing this novel and it is great. Little 9 year old bruno moves to Poland from Berlin and figures he'll do some exploring beyond the bounds of his new home. When he arrives at a big fence he meets a small boy his age and they become friends, but this friendship leads to a trajic ending.

kelton airey The point of view this book is written in is the first person, the person being Bruno. If you like books that leave you wanting more and books with trajic endings then this is the book for you. (edited) 2y
MissYaremcio Well done Kelton! I would have liked a bit more as to how we know that it is written in this POV, but otherwise well done! 5/6 2y
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gavincosta
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You follow nine year old bruno living in nazi Germany. He starts off living in Berlin and due to his father being transferred to auschwitz. Bruno starts off upset that there is nobody, but quickly makes a new friend on the other side of the fence. I really enjoyed this book because I like historical fiction. The theme in this book is friendship because you see Bruno being upset about losing his friends after leaving Berlin and meeting Shmuel.

gracehartman Love your view on this, Cheryl!!!!!!!!!! 😘😍🤪📚 2y
MissYaremcio Great review Gavin! If you love historical fiction I have plenty of novels I can give to you in this genre! 6/6 2y
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Eliaswheeler2007
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Very good book so far definitely a read I would check out its full of surprises is a sad story so beware if you don‘t do well with those kind of books definitely would recommend the book and the movie

Cfischbuch Try using some punctuation, you‘ve got a pretty long run on sentence. Otherwise, you‘ve got a pretty good start on a short summary. 2y
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Tylee Lomas

I'm on page 61 of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.
I don't know for sure if I like the book yet or not but it's interesting enough to keep me reading, I just don't know if it's my type of book or not.

Cfischbuch What‘s the most interesting part so far? 2y
MrsBabki I am happy you are continuing - I look forward to seeing how you feel about the book at the end. 2y
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amber_ldsmom
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The tagged book and Just Mercy are on my shelf! 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚😤📚 2y
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Andrew65
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#3Books #ThatMadeMeCry

Brilliant books!

OriginalCyn620 😢📚😢 2y
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melissajayne
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Another square done #summerfunbingo

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Nich
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And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas and which people wore the uniforms?

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Amandajoy
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I‘m posting one book a day from my extensive TBR pile. No description. No explanation. Some will be new. Some will be old. They all spoke to me at one time. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join in on the fun if you want to.

Day 14 #tbrpile

Cortg I have this on my TBR list but I don‘t own the physical copy. 2y
Tamra It‘s a good one. 2y
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melissajayne
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4⭐️ I had watched the movie when it came out on DVD back in the day, so I knew what the outcome was going to be, but I liked how the author chose a completely different perspective for a #ww2 novel about the #holocaust. I felt that the beginning of the novel was a little slow but seemed to pick up as the novel went along. I also liked that it was a single narrative. #historicalfiction #bookreview #bookstagram #2020 #youngadult

DavidDiamond Boyne is one of my favorite authors! If you haven‘t read it, I recommend The Heart‘s Invisible Furies! 2y
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Mandaamiller
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My last book took quite some time to read with it being my first Stephen King book and life getting in the way! Excited to just lay in bed, start my next book and cuddle my fur baby, Pepper!

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bourne.shell
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Didn't expected that. Oh sweet innocence Bruno. Your naivety is beautiful and tragic.

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CoffeeNBooks
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This was such a sad story. Bruno's father is a Commandant in Hitler's regime, and they live on the other side of the fence from a concentration camp. Bruno doesn't understand what's going on, and doesn't understand why he and his friend Shmuel have to be separated by a fence.
#Booked2020 #Spring #AboutGenocide

LeeRHarry This nearly broke me 😢 2y
Cupcake12 My daughter has just finished this as her English read in High School. She was encouraged to watch the film and sobbed her heart out xx 2y
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eve8
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I am enjoying it so far!!

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Petelord
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My Mum recommended i read this and Im so pleased she did. Powerful and moving. Highly recommended

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This book was about a young German boy and his life as a son of a high-ranking Nazi, which includes meeting and befriending another young boy on the opposite side of the Auschwitz fence. This perspective was new to me, and while I found Bruno to be extremely naive, it also was eye-opening to experience the Holocaust from his world view. The ending felt somewhat rushed and harsh, but also heart wrenching and bold.

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Rissreads
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#7books7days Day 4

Books that have had a deep impression on me.

@CarolynM @MrsMalaprop

MrsMalaprop Great choice 👍😢💔. 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2020Book18
This book was just as heartbreaking as I'd been warned it would be. My only complaint is that the ending felt a bit rushed, which made it slightly less impactful than it could have been.

tpixie This book was so good!! From a child‘s eye! Oh my!! The ending 2y
BarbaraBB Have you read other books by him? 2y
InBooksILive I don't think I could handle reading this one with that ending it has.. the movie killed me 🥺 2y
JacintaMCarter @BarbaraBB I‘ve read The Heart‘s Invisible Furies by him, but that‘s it. 2y
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This isn't home and it never will be.
-Bruno Chapter 2

Bruno hates his new home at Out-With, mainly because he has left behind his close friends and grandparents. This statement emphasizes the theme of separation and foreshadows the situation in which Out-With will indeed cease to be a home for the family.