Book Review : The Boy In Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne

I take notice of how readers sometimes discuss this book.

What I don’t understand, is how this simple cover book with so little hint as to what happened in the book might managed to attract readers.

And now I know.


Genre : Historical Fiction
Page : 240 pages
Published : 12th December 2006

If you start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence.

Fences like this exist all over the world. We hope you never have to encounter one.

“Sitting around miserable all day won’t make you any happier.”

I totally have no idea what this book is about, which made me feel more infested with the book.

The Boy In Stripped Pajamas— Bruno encounters a friend on the other side of the fence.

The moment I began reading, I set my impression on the book that this book might be okay.

The story start with Bruno– a nine year old boy who moved town due to his father’s job allocation. What I love about this book is the childish and innocent image and feels it invokes on me. Reading this book feels light but at the same time, as the story progress, I realized the story was way more than a boy running across the empty room to chase away boredom.

The biggest hint : Historical Fiction.

Which means, tragedy is coming real soon.

And it is, since the book slowly yet surely dropping hints in a child’s eyes. I love how as the reader, I got to read Bruno’s perspective on the situation instead of grown ups. Because it plays with Bruno’s vision and we the readers, get to guess what historical sites Bruno is seeing about.

But despite how this heavy topics was written in such an innocent way which I admire, I got to say it’s been like a love hate situation for me. Because despite the innocent way Bruno sees the world, I think Bruno character in the book seems to be too innocence for a nine year old boy and personally, I feel Bruno was quite ignorance and selfish at times.

But I love how there are other characters that made this story come to life. My personal favourite, Shmuel- which no doubt, you’ll come to love.

Another thing, personally, I feel rather than the history itself, this book is more into the fictional side of the story. Meaning, it consists of historical points but not depth enough to supplant’s one’s with what really happened back then during those period of time. This book is like the sugarcoated version of the true events that happened.

Overall, I find this read enjoyable. I truly am. But it does not overwhelmed me enough to made me shed tears or made me squeezed my heart in sorrow. Except, the last scene of the book which made me gape my mouth and bulge my eyes wide. Anyway, it is a good book.

“We don’t have the luxury of thinking … Some people make all the decisions for us”

Author: Celine

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