The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne


Note: My edition is spelled as pyjamas, not pajamas. The rest of the cover is the same. It is an award-winning book, nominated in various awards, from the Irish Book Awards to the British Book Awards to the Carnegie Medal.

John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971 and studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of East Anglia, Norwich. He is the author of the novels, The Thief of Time, The Congress of Rough Riders and Crippen. He lives in Dublin.

The book in one sentence: The dust jacket refuses to give a synopsis and for good reason; thus, shall follow its example. (It’s a darn good book everyone should read.)

Who would you recommend it to: Young, old, male, female, idealist, pragmatist, you’ll appreciate this book no matter what sort of a reader you are.

OK bits: There isn’t exactly a good or bad bit in this book. It all adds up to a book you won’t regret reading.

Boring bits: Not applicable, see above.

Random review quote: None on dust jacket.

Verdict: It’s categorised as children’s fiction by some, but I don’t agree (in the dust jacket it also says that this isn’t a book for nine-year-olds). I think I’ve made it pretty clear earlier on that this is one book everybody should read. I’m not saying this is the best book ever, but it’s a book everybody should read to understand our past (in the global sense) better.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Josette
    Jun 13, 2008 @ 14:21:49

    True, I don’t agree that children read the book, it will quite horrifying for them if they got the whole picture! Kids who are mature enough and can handle the disturbing themes in this story can give this book a try.

    This must also be one of the most important books I’ve ever read!

    nylusmilk: they’d probably classify anything to do with ww2 as horror! but yeah, it’s a good way to learn about ww2 and children of the right age should read it.


  2. gabby
    Aug 09, 2008 @ 15:44:52

    i think what you say is true.
    im a year 12 tee english student in in australia, and we were just given this book to read and write about, at first i could not bring myself to read it, as in year 11 i had done history and learnt all about the holocaust. it was very disturbing hearing about the things that happened to the jews.

    as i began to read the book i couldnt put it down, i read it in two nights.
    i think that bruno’s innocence is to much of that in a fasntasy world and cannot possibly be, because he is 9.but it was still one of the best books i have ever read.
    thank you.

    nylusmilk: thanks! i’m glad you enjoyed the book, depressing though it was to read… it’s the kind of book that makes you think about life, and that’s good no matter how sad it was to read it.


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  5. Alice
    Apr 30, 2009 @ 01:20:12

    I loved this. it was so carefully written and it even made me cry at the end and I’m not a very emotional person.

    nylusmilk: i know, i only sort of figured it out when i was nearing the end of the story. i cried too.


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