Friday, April 22, 2016

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

I liked The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It's a about the Holocaust, presented from the perspective of a young boy who is the son of a high up Nazi. The story takes place after the father moves the family to the country where he is the head of a concentration camp. He tries to keep the truth of what he is doing from his wife and children. The child slowly begins to understand. His enlightenment is aided by a secret friendship with a boy who lives in the camp. His growing awareness of the horror is at odds with his naive and idealistic belief in his father, and the dramatic ending (too dramatic, in my opinion), is a devastating display of both his final refusal to see the truth and his defiance of his father's brutality.

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