Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The boy in striped pajamas/ John Boyne

The story is a historical fiction placed in Auschwitz during WWII. Two main characters are innocent 9 year old boys trying to deal with horrors of the war. Main character, Bruno, who is a son of commandant, goes off on adventures and discovers a boy of exact same age  living behind the fence of the labor camp. They soon start an awkward friendship meeting every afternoon at the fence. The horrors of WII bring an end to their innocence.
The book is well-written and well-told. When reading this book it feels like it has been narrated by a 9 year old.
My father, Paul served during the occupation of Germany. We knew he saw the horrors of war but he never spoke of them. A line spoken by Bruno's mother in the book reminded me of my father:

" War is not a fit subject for a conversation"

Bryan R

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