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From that day on, and throughout the next few months, Bruno and Shmuel became very good friends. They would meet by the fence every afternoon, and would sit in the dirt and talk for hours. They bonded quickly and soon realized that the two were in fact very similar. Their meetings soon became a way for Bruno to get away from the loneliness and coldness of his house, with his alcoholic mother, indifferent father, nazi-obsessed sister and the soldiers that frequently showed up.
“Actually, he (Bruno) said, looking down at Shmuel. It doesn’t matter, because they’re not my best friends, anymore anyways. He looked down and did something quite out of character for him: he took hold of Shmuel’s tiny hand in his and squeezed it tightly. You’re my best friend Shmuel. My best friend for life.”
One day, when Bruno was exploring along the fence bordering the camp,he came across a boy, sitting alone in the dirt.The boy’s name was Shmuel. This was the first boy his age he had seen since his arrival at Auschwitz many months ago, and he was eager to meet one of them, the jews, so he sat down across from him and they started to talk.
When Bruno first moved from Berlin to Auschwitz, he was very lonely, because there are no other little boys around for him to play with.Shmuel was also very lonely. He had been forced from his old home, into the Auschwitz concentration camp, and though it was filled with little boys for him to play with, he didn't get along very well with them.
Bruno and Shmuel
Their meetings were also a way for Shmuel to escape the terrible world inside the concentration camp in which he lived.
"And then the room went very dark, but somehow, despite the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel’s in his own and nothing in the world would have made him to let it go."
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We have all heard of the horrors of what happened during WW2 and the Holocaust. But, do we know what
people really thought of it then? This is what the boy in the striped pyjamas shows, but through the
points of views of two 9 year old boys; one from Nazi Germany, the other a Jew. This book is
fictional, and shares the boys points of views in an innocent, hilarious, and yet dark way. The
author, John Boyne, captures the image of what happened through the eyes of 2 naïve children. Mr.
Boyne lets the boys’ humour shine once in a while, but other than that, it is quite mysterious and
dark. By that I mean that though the book is about two nine year olds, the topic of the Holocaust is
nothing of that appropriate for nine year olds.
When you start to read this book, you will notice that the beginning is quite monotone and boring,
without much action or excitement. But, as the story moves on, it picks up, and you cannot put it
down. The author describes each event thoroughly, and it leaves a vivid lasting image in your mind.
The plot is that of how a 9 year old boy from Germany is forced to move because of his father’s
work. The boy is Bruno, and his father is a commandant of the Nazis. Once they move, Bruno notices
that other than the soldiers and his family, all the other people live on the other side of a fence.
Everyone there wears striped pyjamas, and from what he has seen, Bruno thinks they are in pain, or
something of that sort. So, he goes exploring to the fence. He meets another 9 year old boy there,
and he is a Jew. The story gets really interesting from there, so I won’t spoil it. It is a really
great book though. It opens the eyes of everyone to see that this type of thing did happen, and that
we should not let it happen again. I would definitely recommend it to anyone above the age of 10,
because I doubt anyone under that would be able to understand the meanings of what has happened. SO
BUY THE BOOK!!!
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