Book Review: The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The book – The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is woven around the holocaust that led to the mass killings of Jews in Europe.  Adolf Hitler and his collaborators killed the Jew populations in the most brutal manner – children were especially vulnerable in the horrific era of Adolf Hitler's mad and wild plans to rule over the world.


The story starts with Berlin in 1942 when Bruno returns home from school one day to discover that his father has got a promotion in his job, and as a result of that the family is moving to another place. Once the young boy is in the new residence, the environment around him unfolds an intriguing real-life-drama before him.


The Boy In The Striped Pajamas is a heart-wrenching story of the period when the eccentricity of one single man turned the world upside down. The author wrote the book during 2004 and 2005, and the way he had put his thoughts into the plot leave the reader in a stupor. Ten years later, the novel changed John Boyne's life giving him exposure to varied experiences by the way of his travels and meeting survivors of many death camps which were built around Europe during the early 1940s.


John Boyne says: 'When I was writing my novel The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, I never expected that it would go on to have such a long and varied life. I started with a very simple image of two boys sitting on either side of a fence, talking to each other, and was immediately interested in the journey that would bring them there....'


Little did John Boyne realize that the simple image of two boys would become a very powerful influence to receive honours and praises, worldwide. They came in plenty.


“Powerful and unsettling....  As memorable an introduction to the subject as The Diary of Anne Frank.” – USA Today.


“Deeply affecting.... Beautiful and sparely written.” – The Wall Street Journal.


“A small wonder of a book.... This is what fiction is supposed to be” – The Guardian ( UK).


“Sure to take readers' breath away.” – Publishers Weekly.


The book has been: A New York Times Bestseller.


John Boyne's works have been published in over forty languages.

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