Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

John Boyne

This is a piece of juvenile fiction that I’ve heard good things about.  Set during WWII at Auschwitz concentration camp, the story follows a nine year old boy, son of a high ranking Nazi officer.  Their family moves to a new house for his father’s job, which he doesn’t know much about.  He secretly ends up making friends with a boy on the other side of the fence – one who wears the standard uniform from that side… blue striped pajamas.

While I think the viewpoint is interesting and a good one for a children’s book on the holocaust, it seemed a little too far-fetched to me.  The author portrays children in the book (both 9, 9 and 12) as very naive.  While I believe children are naive and probably didn’t understand things to the full extent that adults did, for the things they see, I think real children of that age would have had a less simple mindset or take on things.  While I understand the author’s point that children on both sides were innocent, things that happened in the book I felt were quite unbelievable.

So, while I think it’s a good effort, and while it still touched me, for me, this book still fell a little short.  3 of 5 stars.

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