I recently finished reading The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. I found it a short yet informative read. It was a moving tale of innocence in a harrowing context. While it is in the school curriculum to learn about World War 2, the true devastation isn’t really felt until personal stories are told. I also recently wrote an essay comparing The Book Thief by Markus Zusak with another text, the context being of the same time frame. Both books make a great impact in depicting the lives of children caught up in the throes of war, living with the ideals of a ruler they do not know or understand.

The character of Bruno is easy to identify with. His curious nature and exploratory attitude allowed him to find and befriend Shmuel. This book was an eye opener into the effects of war, not just on the Jews but on the Germans also.


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  1. I just finished The Book Thief and I absolutely loved it! I am thinking about reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, it sounds like you thought it was good πŸ™‚ I also got Anne Frank’s Diary πŸ™‚

      • Yeeah I have quite a few others to read first, you know how it is, but I will eventually get round to TBITSP πŸ™‚ yeah it should be good, I love historical books, so a true story should be so interesting, but sad too

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