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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas By Lizzy Mahoney Bruno is a 9 - year - old boy who has a comfy life in Berlin. He has a maid, a butler, and a cook. Bruno doesn't know what it's like to have nothing/5(K).
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Parents say 13 Kids say Adult Written by joannesmith February 10, Holocaust story with great potential has been watered down to inaccurate dullness While the premise of this story has excellent potential for an educational yet emotional novel, John Boyne has weakened the actual facts of the Holocaust and made his characters dull and unrealistic.

For one, a nine-year-old like Shmuel would not have lasted a year in Auschwitz. He would have been taken straight to the gas chambers upon arrival. And I find it highly improbable that the son of a high-ranking Nazi general would not know what a death camp, Hitler, a Nazi, or a Jew was. And the stupidity of the children in the story is almost unbearable.

Bruno, in an attempt to be seen as "innocent", is oblivious and completely unaware of his surroundings to the point that I suspected he might have severe mental challenges, and Gretel is portrayed as far too immature for her age of The author has watered down the brutal facts of the camps to the point that it is impossible that the events in the book would have even happened, even if Shmuel has escaped death for a year or more at the camp.

For there to be a completely unguarded section of the -- electric -- fence where Bruno and Shmuel could talk, for there to be a hole big enough for a fat nine-year-old to slip through unharmed but no Jews that had ever escaped, and for Bruno to see absolutely no death during the time he spoke with Shmuel is absolutely impossible. Had the author perhaps reconstructed the premise, fixed the errors, and made characters of reasonable intelligence, this story may have been a tear-jerking, heartwrenching tale of the horrors of the Holocaust.

Unfortunately, he didn't, and now we're left with an inaccurate and soft portrayal that almost leaves you thinking that the Holocaust might not have been all that bad.

Helped me decide Had useful details Read my mind Adult Written by moviemadness April 9, The book is well-written, and explores complex issues from a child's perspective. One of the best books ever. Helped me decide 7. Had useful details 9. Read my mind 6. Parent of a 15 year old Written by oc April 19, The story is wonderfully awesome as i m feeling to cry! I ve read it right now.! And for all the readers i personally feel that you must watch the movie..

Helped me decide 5. Had useful details 3. Read my mind 9. Adult Written by K. Erickson March 7, Perfect for tweens and older I thought it was a great betrayal of events and history. I found myself quite emotional by the end of the story. I would definitely read the book again! Helped me decide 2. Had useful details 5. Read my mind 3. Parent of a 17 year old Written by love2 September 24, Helped me decide 4.

Had useful details 2. Adult Written by rakshq September 23, An Important Book For Young Children A lot of reviews on here criticising the book are amazing and well intended and I really respect those.

But it is important to remember that the Author's soul intention was to educate very young children Bruno's age early on about the horrors of the Holocaust and evil, hate and war without actually shocking tender minds too much about the kind of unthinkable unspeakable things that happened that even most adults cannot handle thinking about. Not that I recommend the book for children Bruno's age mind you.

But it is really up to you to decide whether you think your child is ready and can handle it well. Of course the Boy in the striped pajamas is certainly completely ludicrous to adults and completely unrealistic. But the Author did leave a disclaimer in the book on that fact. A lot of parents therefore are too hesitant and don't educate young impressionable minds early on about such crucial topics as they should.

It is such a taboo and horrific subject. But with this book there is no excuse not to. Unfortunately, Kotler happens to walk into the room where Bruno and Shmuel are socialising. Kotler is furious and yells at Shmuel for talking to Bruno.

In the midst of his scolding, Kotler notices Shmuel chewing the food Bruno gave him. When Kotler asks Shmuel where he got the food, he says Bruno offered the cake, but Bruno, fearful of Kotler, denies this. Believing Bruno, Kotler tells Shmuel that they will have a "little chat" later. Distraught, Bruno goes to apologise to Shmuel, but finds him gone.

Every day, Bruno returns to the same spot by the camp but does not see Shmuel. Eventually, Shmuel reappears behind the fence, sporting a black eye. Bruno apologises and Shmuel forgives him, renewing the friendship. After the funeral of his grandmother who was killed in Berlin by an Allied bombing, Ralf tells Bruno and Gretel that Elsa, their mother, suggests that they go to live with a relative because it is not safe there.

In truth, Elsa suggests this because she does not want her children living with their murderous father. Shmuel has problems of his own; his father has gone missing after those with whom he participated in a march did not return to the camp. Bruno decides to redeem himself by helping Shmuel find his father. The next day, Bruno, who is due to leave that afternoon, dons a striped prisoners' outfit and a cap to cover his unshaven head, and digs under the fence to join Shmuel in the search.

Bruno soon discovers the true nature of the camp after seeing the many sick and weak-looking Jews, much to his shock. While searching, the boys are taken on a march with other inmates by Sonderkommandos.

At the house, Gretel and Elsa discover Bruno's disappearance. After they discover the open window he went through, Elsa bursts into Ralf's meeting to alert him that Bruno is missing. Ralf and his men mount a search. Led by a dog tracking Bruno's scent they find his discarded clothing outside the fence. Elsa and Gretel are following along behind. They enter the camp, looking for him; Bruno, Shmuel and the other inmates are stopped inside a changing room and are told to remove their clothes for a "shower".

They are packed into a gas chamber , where Bruno and Shmuel hold each other's hands. A Schutzstaffel soldier pours some Zyklon B pellets inside, and the prisoners start panicking, yelling and banging on the metal door. When Ralf realises that a gassing is taking place, he cries out his son's name, and Elsa and Gretel fall to their knees in despair and mourn Bruno. The film ends by showing the closed door of the now-silent gas chamber, indicating that all prisoners, including Bruno and Shmuel, are dead.

Bruno's father, Ralf, is taken by soldiers and he quietly goes with them. Elsa and Gretel return to Berlin. The site's critical consensus reads, "A touching and haunting family film that deals with the Holocaust in an arresting and unusual manner, and packs a brutal final punch of a twist.

James Christopher, of The Times , referred to the film as "a hugely affecting film. In the Chicago Sun-Times , Roger Ebert said the film is not a reconstruction of Germany during the war, but is "about a value system that survives like a virus". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Boy in striped pajamas. United Kingdom [1] United States [1]. Retrieved 31 July Retrieved 13 June The New York Observer.

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