Tuesday, January 14, 2014

a book a month // the boy in the striped pajamas


so far, so good on the "reading for fun" new years resolution. i just finished reading the boy in the striped pajamas. it's one i've wanted to read since high school when i first heard about it. so when my sister-in-law was telling me how she had to read it for her 9th grade english class and i told her how i wanted to read it as well, she went and fetched her copy and lent it to me! and i'm so glad she did. it was everything i wanted it to be and more.

i've read quite a few books on the holocaust, because i have this strange fascination with the whole thing. i suppose it's just hard to fathom how some people could do such cruel things and how other people could survive such cruel things. but the boy in the striped pajamas managed to deliver a fresh perspective and different type of outlook on this ugly time in history. i've heard it describe as a "story of innocence in a world of ignorance" and i think that about sums it up.

it follows the story of a little boy living in berlin who is uprooted and moved to a much lonelier home when his soldier father has to move for his job. i don't want to give too much away, but he discovers this "farm" full of people in "striped pajamas" and sneaks away to it nearly everyday to hang out with the only boy he can find who's his age. they are separated by a fence, but spend hours chatting with each other and grow to enjoy and relish each other's company.

it was incredible to think of things about the holocaust from an innocent 9-year-old boy's point of view. he's quite unaware of the turmoil around him, although he picks up bits and pieces of it. he's wiser and better at following raw intuition than most of the adults. i could spoil it all and go on for days about why it was incredible. and heart-breaking. and why you shouldn't try finishing the book and watching the movie the same day. (i made that mistake and it was just too much heavy sadness for one day.) but instead, you should get your hands on a copy and read it for yourself.

9 comments:

  1. it would be so hard to read that book, but so eye opening i think. i had a hard time watching the movie...cried the entire time, but i'm so glad i did see it!

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  2. I actually got this book for Christmas :) So I should start reading it!

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  3. I have been wanting to read this so I think I must have to bump it to the top of the list! That would be great if you kept us updated on current books you're reading-I love getting new suggestions.

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  4. adding this to my must read list!

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  5. I'm sure it's an incredible book! I just don't know if I could do it, haha! I'd just get too sad and cry too much. I'm so glad you like it though, and good job on your new year's resolutions!

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  6. I watched the movie a few years back but for some reason had no idea it was a book! Definitely going to check it out after I finish the current book I'm reading.

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  7. i think i've been meaning to read this for as long as you had.. haha i should actually do it!

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  8. Girl, you are SO good at this reading business!! Also, you've sold me on this book. I'm putting it on my reading list.:)

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  9. I read this a few years ago and have never been able to forget it. It was one of the most shocking and heartbreaking endings. I was reading it and out loud going "no no no no no" Such a lovely parable. So happy you enjoyed it (well, as much as one can enjoy holocaust books... you know what I mean haha)

    Em
    Tightrope to the Sun

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