16 May 2009

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Synopsis from B&N.com: Berlin 1942When 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.

Well, I finally actually sat down and read this book. I had pretty much the same feelings while reading it as I did when I listened to the audio book, feelings which were plentiful of fear for both of the boys. The ending is just so sad, it's one of those endings that could wreck you and stay with you for a few days after you've read it. I haven't really much else to say. If you haven't read this book yet though, I highly recommend it, it's not just a sad book, it's also a book about two little boys who become friends when they are really needed in the most dire of circumstances.
My first initial thoughts after I listened to the audio book.

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