Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

What a fantastic book! John Boyne has a really original idea and followed it through brilliantly, I thought. I can't tell you too much about it, except to say that it looks at some very disturbing things through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy. This is what it says on the book's cover:

The story of "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" is very difficult to describe. Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil the reading of the book. We think it is important that you start to read without knowing what it is about. If you do start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. (Though this isn't a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at a fence. We hope you never have to cross such a fence.
I sound really enthusiastic about this book and I am but keep in mind that it's not a happy book. It took me just a few hours to read it though, it's a novella, so perfect for the Novella Challenge; and it also counts towards my A-Z list.

Oh and it definitely gets an A.


Joy said...

I had this in my hand a time or two, but haven't read it yet. Guess I should, huh? :)

joanna said...

You should - it would be a shame no to! :-)

Paula Weston said...

I loved The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, particularly the author's narrative technique. It took me quite a while to get it out of my head afterwards.

Just another example of how some of the most innovative and powerful fiction is coming from the young adult category (although this has far more impact on adults, who truly understand what's going on through the story).

Yes, it's sad, but it is definitely worth the read.
Very powerful message.

joanna said...

paula - I wonder what age of kids could actually read this... I think that many adults wouldn't be able to handle it even!

I can't get it out of head yet - parts were in my dream last night!

Maw Books said...

I was really excited to find this wonderful book. I read a library copy and have since bought it to add to my collection.

Tasha said...

I closed this book and had no words. It really stunned me. It's been a while since a book has left me speechless, and this one definitely did. By the way, I see that you are reading Number9Dream. I'm a fan of David Mitchell, but I haven't read that one. I hope you enjoy it.

Josette said...

It's such a gripping book! Kept me glued to it for a whole day, yeah, it took me more than a few hours to read it! Definitely a page-turner.

The blurb on my book is quite mysterious too. The author did not want to reveal too much about the story, which is a good thing!

Here's my review of this very important book. =)