The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


Berlin 1942

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence running alongside stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people he can see in the distance.

But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences


As the author himself mentions on how he got to write this book with the lines “We live on the other side of the fence” is something anyone who reads this book agrees with.

The story being told from the perspective of a 9 year old boy has a different approach.The boy is very naive and Dosent understand or draw up conclusions on things he see or hear, as is the case with many people who live oblivious to the things going on, on the other side of the fence.

The first few chapters were a innocent boys observation of his new surroundings and small adventure to find a friend, but when I came to the last chapter, my heart started racing already imagining the bad things that might happen if he crosses the fence…

Many things are left to the readers imagination , mostly the cruel things , keeping in mind that it is 9 year old’s side of the story and it is less heartbreaking than it would have been if the details were drafted.


  1. The movie for this is so good! I’ll be honest, I didn’t read the book until after watching the movie. Yes, there are some differences but the theme remains the same. The movie is fantastic and the book is also fantastic! Amazing review of such a wonderful novel!


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