The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

April 1, 2007

I thought it was about time I read something other than text books.  I’ve missed reading just for enjoyment.  Yesterday I bought The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. 

‘A small wonder of a book … a particular historical moment, one that cannot be told too often’ (The Guardian).

Bruno is nine years old and has moved from his home in Berlin to a house in a place called ‘Out-With’.  His father works for the ‘Fury’ and has an important job to do.  He doesn’t know what his father does for a living but he wears a smart uniform and there are always other people visiting the house who wear uniforms and sparkling boots.  Bruno is not happy in Out-With … it is desolate and grey and the people he sees from his window are boys, fathers and grandfathers all dressed in the same clothes, liked striped pyjamas.  He wonders where all the girls, women and grandmothers are. When he questions his dad he’s told that they’re not ‘real’ people, not the kind he need worry about or think about anyway.  He’s too young to understand.

Bruno misses his friends in Berlin and is trying to find something to do …

Already I have a feeling that this is the type of book I want to keep reading because the world through Bruno’s eyes is so engaging yet at the same time I want to postpone reading further because then it will be over.  Does that make sense?


  1. […] just read ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne, highly recommended by my wife .  It is the story of Bruno, a 9 year old boy whose father is sent from Berlin to be commandant […]

  2. I love it

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