THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS – Book Report/Review Example
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne The book, “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” has been written by John Boyne. The book has been publishedin 2006 by David Fickling Books. Two years later, the book was converted in the form of a motion picture.
The story is about two little friends. Bruno is the son of a Nazi commandant, and Shmuel is the son of an inmate of the Jewish concentration camp named Auschwitz. Bruno has recently shifted in from Berlin into a house near Auschwitz, which he understands as “Out-With”. He meets Shmuel wearing striped pyjamas, sitting on the other side of the fence. They become friends. Bruno does not understand why so many people have been kept behind the fence and what they do. Shmuel confides in him, and asks Bruno find his father whom he has lost. Shmuel tells him that he will help him find him; and one day, he changes into striped pyjamas, and crosses the fence to join Shmuel. The soldiers come and herd the prisoners into the gas chamber, where Bruno and Shmuel, along with all other prisoners, encounter death.
The book addresses the concepts of friendship and innocence of young age. The little boys are not concerned about the sensitivity of the matter, and become fast friends. The work is related to the present day in a sense that it contains the element of God’s revenge, as we see the son of the Nazi commandant suffering from the same brutal death as other prisoners. I also feel that God has His own way of taking revenge. The book made me emotional when I read about the innocent friendship of the two little boys.
The book is highly organized. I would highly recommend the book to everybody who wants to know the brutality of the Nazis.
Boyne, J. (2006). The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. New York, NY: David Fickling Books.