The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne


A story during WII in Germany about a boy in the story of innocence in the world of ignorance.

Bruno (nine years old) knows about nothing about the current events about the Nazi, the Fury (Hitler) and the Jews, even though his father worked for the Fury himself. All he knows about is that he use to live in the beautiful comfortable surbarbs in Berlin to a ruined and isolated area (middle of nowhere), where there was nothing a little boy wouldn’t like to dream about. Through the discoveries of a fenced “farm” through his window, where the people only wore striped pyjamas, he meets Shumel, with the rough path of this unbreakable bond of societies, their friendship proves that Friendship is not about religion and bliefs, because “the farm people” are the Jews in a concentration camp.

When I first read this book last year for English, it’s one of those types of books, that you just want to keep on reading till the last page. I find this book rather sad and quite good about the world of Germany during the event of WII, letting the peasant readers experincing the world of how Jews were really treated. When reading it for the second time, I find it quite rather boring to read the whole book again, since I’ve already know what is going to happen next, but it one still one of those books that you want your friends and families to read.

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7 comments to The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  • Mr. MacKnight

    Hi Amy, I think you mean “Führer”, not “Fury”, but “Fury” is a lucky mistake: in Greek mythology, the ‘Furies’ were terrible demon-like deities who pursued and punished people. :)

    Other good books about the same era in history include ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ (by Anne Frank), which she wrote while in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam; and ‘Night’, by Elie Wiesel, which is his account of being sent off to a concentration camp when he was just a young boy.

  • Amy

    But in the book it was for the boy’s (Bruno) point of view and thought it was pronounced as the “fury”same with the word “out-with”, since he is still a young boy.

  • Dom

    Yea, I read the book as well.
    Bruno expresses his name as “Fury” instead of Fuehrer.
    In English it sounds kind of similar, in german it doesn’t sound like that at all.
    Which is confusing, since it’s a german story. Is the author english????

  • Amy

    yes he’s english (from england)

  • Dom

    Well that probably explains why Bruno is apparently messing fuehrer and fury up :P
    typical english xD

  • Annie


    Hi my name is Annie and I really like your post about this book. You gave a really well written summary of the story. I also read this book and I really liked the connection between Bruno and Shumel, I really liked that Bruno could be friends with someone and didn’t care about his religion or beliefs and just because he liked the kind of person he was.

  • Amy

    Hi Annie
    Thank you for your comment on my post :)
    and glad you enjoyed reading the book as much as I liked it.

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