The boy in striped pajamas by John Boyne: 5⭐/5
A heart wrenching book about friendship, set around the time of World War 2, The boy in striped pajamas is more than how it looks like. As John Boyne says in one interview with his publisher, all books are just books, there are no children's books categorically. You know where the categorisation is required? In bookstores.
This book revolves around a 8 year old boy, Bruno, the son of the commandent who serves Hitler. The premise of the book begins with Bruno and his family moving from Germany to Auschwitz, for his father gets transferred on the orders of Hitler, to look after the concentration camps in Auschwitz.
None of this is explicitly stated in the book. The word Auschwitz is made out to be "Out-With", since the book is in the point of view of Bruno, hence the mispronounced by Bruno. And Hitler is made out to be a blurry figure with a terrible personality.
This blurriness around the whole Nazi Germany and whatever happened during the Holocaust is to represent that these acts, such acts, are not isolated. And that it is not just Nazi Germany or Auschwitz where it happens. It is to represent every cause, every act of extremism and every period of fascism. So says John Boyne about the representation.
The characters are amazingly written. The contrast between the two worlds of the two boys, Bruno and the boy in striped pajamas, is brilliantly portrayed. Even the minor characters were written so well and so eloquently. .
The naive mind of Bruno shows us how unaware people are of their surroundings. This is to represent the people of the world who still remain ignorant of what's happening around them, who choose to not educate themselves. It is to represent the two facets of our world. The ones who go through pain and the ones who have no idea about it.
It is a beautiful book written for everyone to read. I highly recommend.