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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story - not a history lesson, December 28, 2008
This review is from: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (Paperback)
When I first started reading, I didn't find the simplistic writing style appealing and thought I would be glad to finish the book so I could move on to another more challenging. It wasn't long before I became engrossed in viewing the situation through the eyes and voice of the 9 yr old boy, Bruno. I did not critique what I was reading from the perspective of what a 'real' 9 yr old living in that era should or should not have known about Nazi Germany.

I decided to write this because I was disappointed by the comments of a couple of the other reviewers who were upset that the book did not include historical accuracy. I never thought I was purchasing a history book, and therefore did not expect to receive a history lesson. To me the message of the story is broader than the era it is set in. This is the tale of an unlikely friendship between two 9 yr old boys. That friendship is allowed to grow because of their innocence, and because they do not judge one another by their stations in life. It's a very powerful, moving fable. I loved it for exactly what it is.
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Initial post: Mar 26, 2011 9:54:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2011 9:58:51 AM PDT
You're absolutely right. People who complained the book was not historically accurate missed the whole point of the book. They should go back and read it again.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2013 11:32:03 AM PDT
Unfortunately, many teachers use it AS history. It's rather frustrating.
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