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: E.ve.ry.bo.dy. 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.