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ჯონ ბოინი ბიჭი ზოლიან პიჟამაში წიგნი მეორე მსოფლიო ომის დროს გერმანელი და ებრაელი ბიჭუნას უცნაური და გულისამაჩუყებელი მეგობრობის შესახ. I hardly know where to begin bashing this book Do I start with the 9 year old boy and his 12 year old sister who read about 6 and 8 respectively The imperial measurements miles feet despite the German setting The German boy raised in Berlin who thinks that Der F hrer is The Fury and Auschwitz is Out With despite being corrected several times and seeing it written down The other English language idioms and mis hearings despite our being told that he speaks only German And that he believes that Heil Hitler is a fancy word for hello because he understands neither Heil nor HitlerSo maybe these are fussy issues and I shouldn t trash the book on these minor linguistic flaws Instead I can start with the plot holes big enough to drive a truck through that Bruno whose father is a high ranking official in The Fury s regime doesn t know what a Jew is or that he s living next door to a concentration camp Or that the people wearing the striped pajamas are being killed and THAT s why they don t get up after the soldiers stand close to them and there are sounds like gunshots Or that there s a section of fence that is a unpatrolled and b can be lifted from the ground high enough to pass food and eventually a small boy through AND that nobody would try to get OUT through this hole Or that Bruno s friend Shmuel a frail 9 year old boy would survive over a year in a Nazi camp Or even the author s refusal to ever use the word Auschwitz in an effort to make this book about any camp to add a universality to Bruno s experienceThat last is from an interview with the author that appears at the end of the audio version I can t speak to most of what he said because it was a lot of here are all the places that are hyping my book but the worst part of it to me was where he was addressing criticisms there are people who complain that Bruno is too innocent too naive and they are trivializing the message of this book Um no I m not trivializing the message I m objecting to his trivializing of the Holocaust I find his treatment of the Holocaust to be superficial misleading and even offensiveAs an audio recording I m pretty neutral The narrator did the best he could with the material and there was some differentiation between the characters voices but the music that was added some chapters ended with appropriately somber music Other chapters had no music at all Sometimes the music appeared in the middle of a chapter Two other incidental notes first normally you can t say anything negative about a Holocaust themed book without being an asshole because the books are so tied in with the Holocaust itself In this case though I feel like due to the fictionalizing of it the book is far enough removed from Auschwitz that it s okay to be negative about the book without being insensitive about the Holocaust Second this doesn t land on my run away Save yourself shelf because that s for books that are comically bad books that I can bash with glee and mock with abandon I can t find anything funny about what makes this book so bad it s just plain offensive and shallow

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?ა არც ხოცვა ჟლეტა და არც ყველა ის უბედურება რაც ომს ახლავს ნაწარმოები მაინც უფრო მძაფრია ვიდრე ომის შესახებ დაწერილი დოკუმენტური წიგნებ?. A powerful concept but very poorly written even allowing for the young adult target audience and one of a tiny number of books I can think of that was better in the film versionPlotBruno is 9 and lives in Berlin in 1943 with his parents and 12 year old sister They are wealthy and his father is an important soldier who is promoted to be the Commandant at Auschwitz The trick of the story is that Bruno doesn t realise the horror of what goes on behind the barbed wire where everyone wears striped pyjamas even when he befriends a boy of the same age at a corner of the camp Although his father can be strict and distant Bruno is unfailing in his trust in the goodness of his father In the film there was at least a gradual if reluctant dawning of doubt about his father and all he stood for but that doesn t happen in the book the themes of family friendship and trust are barely touched onImplausible IgnoranceThe main problem is that it s told from Bruno s viewpoint and he is ridiculously naive and ignorant for the son of a senior Nazi Not knowing and not wanting to know the horror of what was happening is entirely understandable especially when a parent is involved However he hasn t heard of the Fatherland thinks the Fuhrer is called The Fury throughout that Auschwitz is called Out With and that Heil Hitler means goodbye Yet we re meant to believe that he s the 9 year old son of a senior Nazi His father had clearly been neglecting his duty to train the next generation of Hitler youth And anyway the puns wouldn t work in German What is even insulting to readers is that Boyne has responded to this widespread point of criticism by saying that anyone who thinks the boy is too naive is denying the holocaust See Kelly H Maybedog comment on Oct 02 2012 and subseuent onesOther Flaws Surely some aspects of Schmuel s plight would have been glaringly obvious emaciated shorn hair possibly lice ridden ragged clothes etc There are several stock phrases that are trotted out annoyingly often a Hopeless Case mouth in the shape of an O if he was honest as he always tried to be They talk of miles not kilometres and feet not centimetres which might not matter were the rest of it realistic Just occasionally and completely out of character Bruno talks in an unnaturally adult way If you ask me we re all in the same boat And it s leaking and a nasty person who always looked as if he wanted to cut someone out of his willIt might have worked better if Bruno had been 5 or 6 but I suppose the target audience would have been less willing to read it so the result is a book that isn t really suitable for any age group What a wastePostscript 1Arising from Kelly Hawkins reviewBoyne saysI think the most freuent criticism of the book in the years since it s been published is that Bruno is too naive People say He s verging on the stupid how could he not know For all the criticisms you can make I always feel that s the wrong one because he s grown up in a house with his father wearing a uniform so I always think why would be uestion it There wouldn t be any motivation for him to suddenly turn around if your father came home wearing a doctor s uniform every day you wouldn t turn around one day and ask Why are you wearing that So Bruno is kind of representing that blindness in a way When he goes to the fence and when he asks that uestion he is kind of representing the rest of us who are trying to understand the Holocaust and find some answers to it Also when the camps were liberated the world was surprised through 1945 and 1946 The majority of the Holocaust had taken place over four years and granted it was a different information age but I still maintain that in those sorts of movies the naivety is appropriate It s based on real lifeFrom he is uoted as saying that naivety and complacency were two of the main reasons the Holocaust occurred I find that a very unsatisfying defence It answers why people don t want to know the horrors which I fully acknowledge but does not begin to tackle Bruno s specific ignorance of common words related to the Third Reich Postscript 2 October 2015His new book has a similar title and another Nazi theme with Hitler himself this time The Boy at the Top of the Mountain I won t be reading that but I suspect it will cause similar controversyPostscript 3See this excellent review by a survivor of Nazi concentration camps Boyne posting as John responded to some of the criticisms 4 14 May 2017In today s Sunday Times the Prime Minister Theresa May was asked by a 19 year old in her constituency Has your thinking ever changed because of a novelShe replied A book that brought something home to me was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas It is a very very cleverly written book and a very well written book and what it brings home is the absolute horror of the HolocaustHmmm

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ებ მოგვითხრობს წიგნში ომი საკმაოდ უჩვეულო გზითაა აღწერილი მთლიანად პატარა ბიჭის თვალითაა დანახული და მიუხედავად იმისა რომ აქ არც სისხლ?. Two innocent boys and two very different worlds separated by a not so infallible fenceBerlin 1942 middle of WWII beginnings of the Holocaust Bruno is a little boy of barely nine years old son of a very well standing german family His life passes relatively uneventful until one day his father is appointed commander in a faraway region Bruno his sister Gretel and his parents are compelled to relocate to Out With to a much smaller house forsaking family and friends and sacrificing everything for the important rank promotion In this new house isolated from the rest of the world Bruno finds a small window that allows him to see at the distance an incredibly large area with tiny little huts and an endless number of tiny little figures dressed in a curious striped outfit Mature old people and children In a huge wire fenced fieldExcellent historical fiction novel A must read alongside the Diary of Anne Frank Two uniue and different perspectives of a same tragedy A novel about the cruelties of war and the self invented differences that lead humanity to separate itself Highly recommendable Very powerful Painful as few othersStill remaining the movie 2008Until next time Dos ni os inocente y dos mundos muy diferentes separados por un no tan infalible alambradoBerl n 1942 mediados de la segunda guerra mundial principios del Holocausto Bruno es un peue o nene de escasos nueve a os hijo de una familia alemana de buen pasar Su vida transcurre sin mayores problemas hasta ue un d a su padre es designado comandante en una regi n lejana Bruno su hermana Gretel y sus padres se ven obligados a reubicarse en Out With a una casa m s peue a abandonando familia y amigos en sacrificio de la importante promoci n laboral En esta nueva casa aislada del mundo Bruno encuentra una peue a ventana ue permite entrever a la distancia una enorme cantidad de peue as chozas y un sinfin de peue as figuras vistiendo un curioso uniforme de rayas Gente adulta mayor y ni os En un enorme campo alambradoExcelente novela hist rica de ficci n Un must para leer del tema junto al Diario de Ana Frank Dos perspectivas nicas y diferentes de una misma tragedia Una novela sobre las crueldades de la guerra y sobre las diferencias autoinventadas ue llegan a separar la humanidad Muy recomendable Muy poderosa Dolosoa como pocasueda pendiente ver la pel cula 2008Hasta la pr xima


10 thoughts on “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  1. says:

    I hardly know where to begin bashing this book Do I start with the 9 year old boy and his 12 year old sister who read about 6 and 8 respectively? The imperial measurements miles feet despite the German setting? The German boy raised

  2. says:

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas would easily top my list of Worst Books about the HolocaustI am writing as one who

  3. says:

    35I didn't love this but I did appreciate the fact that it had a very powerful message and an ending I wasn't expecting at all My feelings were

  4. says:

    As Michael Kors once sighed to a clueless designer on Project Runway Where do I start? Let's open with some descriptive words that sum up this book and I will then go on to explain them in further detail Patronizing Insipid Smarmy Just plain bad Patronizing I believe that to write good children's literature you have to think that children are intelligent capable human beings who are worth writing for like Stephen King wh

  5. says:

    Two innocent boys and two very different worlds separated by a not so infallible fenceBerlin 1942 middle of WWII beginnings of the Holocaust Br

  6. says:

    I seriously suggest you read about what happened to real children in the Holocaust It won't fill your thoughts for many days or shock you; rather it will fill your LIFE and make you feel sick to the core of your beingPaul Friedlander himself a survivor recounts in his recent highly praised book the incident of 90 Jewish infants all under the age of five orphaned after their parents were murdered in a mass shootingThese c

  7. says:

    A powerful concept but very poorly written even allowing for the young adult target audience and one of a tiny number of books I can think of that was better in the film versionPlotBruno is 9 and lives in Berlin in 1943 with his parents and 12 year old sister They are wealthy and his father is an important soldier who is promoted

  8. says:

    uick reread because lets face it im high key obsessed with john boyne this is my seventh JB book in less than a month when i hit my tenth someone please stage an intervention loli first read this years ago so i forgot jus

  9. says:

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is truly an amazing yet daunting novel that I will never forget The author John B

  10. says:

    When I was very young I lived in Romania Because there was past drama in my family I had three grandmothers and two grandfathers I was close to

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