The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
Reviewed by- linda (2010/12/28, 05:45 PM)
This is a book about perceptions, the nature of good and evil and friendship. The writing style is clever; simple in style yet complex in the issues it deals with, elegant in presentation yet haunting in content. Itís told from the perspective of nine year old Bruno and his innocent viewpoint sets this book apart from other Holocaust novels. As with most children he has an innate, as yet untainted sense of justice that is positively thought provoking and also casts a dark shadow of doom. The focus of the book is a friendship he develops with Shmuel, a victim of the Holocaust, who is also nine years old. The author takes you on an emotional journey and into the minds of these two boys showing you the Holocaust from the perspective of a child. Itís a story that you wonít forget. Although the main character is nine years old, the book is aimed at an older audience (12+ years). It would be a great book to read with your child as an introduction to the Holocaust and will lead to many moral issue discussions.Back.

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