The Boy in the Striped Pyjama's is undoubtedly one of my favourite books. Recently I decided to reread it for what seems like the 100th time, a classic piece of literature that I never get bored of. The realisation that most of the events in the novel are based on actual accounts of the Holocaust during WW11 really strikes a chord. In order to avoid making the mistakes of the past we have to read about them and learn, to ensure they don't happen again. The Boy in the Striped Pyjama's is a heart-breaking tale of love, friendship and presents the naivety of children in a true setting. Bruno the novels main protagonist discovers another world beyond his bedroom window. Deciding to go 'exploring' Bruno stumbles upon a small boy sitting on the other side of the metal fence that runs as far as Bruno can see, we find out his name is Shmuel. The story gradually begins to unfold, the two young protagonists become best friends and meet each other through the fence each day. The rest I will not give away. It is an interesting premise for a novel to have. If I ever recommend one book to anyone it is always the Boy in the Striped Pyjama's. Stunningly written, the plot is so intricately woven and heart-breaking. John Boyne has a gift for word weaving inexplicably written tales, that you read and ultimately ponder long after you have finished them.
I gave the Boy in the Striped Pyjama's a high rating of 5/5, as I think it is an enjoyable read, well-written and tells a tale of poignant melancholia.