Thursday, December 27, 2012

His Father's Thoughts: John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas



Little Bruno's world changes when he shifts from Berlin to a place called Out-With as his Father has been posted over there. But what exactly his Father does,Bruno has little idea. All he knows is that his father was a man to watch and that the Fury had big things in mind for him and that he had a fantastic uniform too. (5)

So Bruno relocates to Out-With and finds his world upside down. The new house looks as though nobdy could laugh in there, one of the servants turns out to be a doctor, and from his window he can see a barbed fence round an enclosure. At first lonely, Bruno later makes friend with a little boy, just like him, who stays inside that enclosure.



To me the killer punch was as to what were the Father's thoughts when he re-traced Bruno's journey step-by-step.


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First Line: One afternoon, when Bruno came home from school, he was surprised to find Maria, the family's maid - who always kept her head bowed and never looked up from the carpet - standing in his bedroom, pulling all his belongings out of the wardrobe and packing them in four large wooden crates, even the things he'd hidden at the back that belonged to him and were nobody else's business.

Title: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Author: John Boyne

Publication Details: London: Definitions, 2007

First Published: 2006

Pages: 216

Other books read of the same author: None

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The book can be easily purchased. I bought it from Delhi Book Fair in August last year.

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Submitted for the following challenges: Color-Coded, European Reading, Mount TBR, New Authors, Unread Book

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