Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Clara Vogel has read John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas for her TY Extended Essay and writes: 

This book is one of the most interesting books I have read about the Second World War. Lots of books about the Second World War are told from the view of a victim. But this book is from the view of an officer's child, which is very difficult to do. 

The family has to leave Berlin for moving to the Aus chwitz concentration camp. The two siblings don't really know where they are and why they had to move away from their hometown Berlin. The older girl is very self confident and does not have a problem with having no friends there. She is always playing with her dolls. But the younger boy Bruno misses his friends  very much. He is very desperate because no other kids live next to him.

One day he decided to explore his environment and finds a fence. He really wants to know what is behind the fence. Then one day a little boy of Bruno's age is sitting on the other side of the fence. They become friends and talk every day. Bruno is learns new things about the other side, where everybody is wearing the same 'pyjamas' and the same short haircut.

I really like the book because of the fact that it is based on a true story. It is very well written so you can't put it away.

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