The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a really interesting book written by an Irish writer called John Boyne. It’s a historical-fiction novel set in the Second World War, when Hitler was in command of Germany. The book first appeared in 2006.
The plot is very realistic because, although the characters didn’t really exist, that war and the things that are explained in the novel were real. The main character is a boy called Bruno. He moves to Awschwitz with his family because his father works for Hitler. There, he meets Shmuel, a Jewish boy that is in a concentration camp. His father is against their friendship, but Bruno and Shmuel become very good friends.
In my opinion, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a spectacular book because it describes in detail the atmosphere of the war, and how life was there. It’s very convincing and emotional, and also inspiring. Even if I try, I can’t find negative comments to make about this novel.
If you’re interested in history and you’re looking for a gripping story that combines drama, good characters and a realistic plot, you will love The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Author: Victoria Falcón, alumna de 3º ESO del Colegio Privado San Luis Gonzaga
Crítica literaria realizada en clase de Inglés a propuesta de la profesora Esther Alvarado, conmemorando el Día del Libro.