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review 2018-02-03 18:06
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - John Boyne
I was disappointed in this novel, I mean for how much people have talked about it and then a movie is made based on this novel, seriously this book needs work. I was so frustrated reading it, I almost stopped and put it away but since I am reading it for a book club I thought I better continue. Why was I so frustrated? It felt so glossy, it never hit on anything important to this time period, it was too juvenile. I read a lot of children’s and young adult novels, novels that pertain to this time period and this one was one major letdown for me.
 
In the beginning of the novel, I liked Bruno’s confusion and innocence as his family is being relocated because the Fury has big plans for his father. Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing about what his father does, only that he is important to the Fury and Bruno sees this move as a “great adventure.”
 
In the new house, his twelve-year-old sister has a forest view out her window but as Bruno looks out his window, his view becomes confusing the further out he gazes. They’re both hoping to find new friends at their new home, as they miss what they had in Berlin. Asking his father about the groups of individuals that he sees out his window, Bruno realizes that the chance of any of them becoming his friend is none as his father tells him that “they’re not people at all, Bruno,” and he has “nothing whatsoever in common with them.” This doesn’t stop Bruno’s curiosity about them yet all through the novel, Bruno is left in the dark. I felt as though he had plenty of opportunity to be educated, to discover what exactly was going on, yet he doesn’t. What about Bruno’s family? How can they leave him in the dark while he is living within feet of a death camp? Did his sister know anything about it since she’s older, did they talk? He had to have heard something from all the individuals coming and going inside their house.
 
Bruno sees a fence line from his window and he was told to keep away from it yet he doesn’t. He takes this chance and when he does, he proves his father wrong. He comes upon Shmuel, who is a person and he does have something in common with Bruno. I enjoyed this innocent friendship and bond as it started to form. Bruno has lots of questions about the people in the striped pajamas and I was hoping that Shmuel would explain things to him but it seems I was only hoping. They spent lots of time together, these two young boys, talking between the wire fence, I mean a lot of time together and seriously Bruno learns nothing about the truth on Shmuel’s side of the fence.
 
I did like the ending. I think that is the only thing that saved this novel for me. Moving on……

 

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quote 2017-11-03 16:41
A czy moglibyśmy znowu być dziećmi,jak myślisz?
Pokręciłem z uśmiechem głową.
Zaszło zbyt wiele aby to było możliwe.
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quote 2017-11-03 16:25
(...) może traktować innych ludzi tak, jak nigdy by nie mógł, nosząc normalne ubranie. Mundury pozwalają nam praktykować okrucieństwo bez poczucia winy...
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review 2017-11-03 15:48
Chłopiec na szczycie góry
Chłopiec na szczycie góry - John Boyne

John Boyne ukazuję nam trudne karty historii XX wieku widziane oczami małego dziecka. 

Pierrot to siedmioletni chłopiec, pół Francuz, pół Niemiec, mieszkający w Paryżu. Przyjaźni się z żydowskim głuchoniemym chłopcem - Anszelem, który wychowuje się bez ojca. Ma szczęśliwe choć biedne życie. Wszystko uległo zmianie po śmierci rodziców. Zostaje przygarnięty przez ciotkę i znalazł się w Niemczech. Razem z nią zamieszkał w posiadłości...Adolfa Hitlera.

Dla Pierrota Hitler to miły pan, który go lubi i robi mu prezenty. Pod wpływem obcowania z Adolfem mały Peter zmienia się. I jest to przemiana raczej tragiczna w skutkach. Przymusowy dom staję się dla chłopca więzieniem. Dzieciństwo pełne niespodziewanych wydarzeń i braku miłości oraz szybki start w dorosłe życie w imię ideologii staje się dla niego zgubne. 

To poruszająca historia o moralności. Czasami w trakcie trudno mi było zachować dystans do zdarzeń. Jesteśmy świadkami przemiany uczynnego dziecka w samolubnego i egoistycznego potwora. 

Książka napisana jest prostym językiem, więc czyta ją się dosyć szybko. Powieść pouczająca i ma dla czytelnika ważny przekaz, który zostaje na długo w pamięci. Jest to historia od której trudno się oderwać. Naprawdę polecam!!!!

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review 2017-10-29 05:38
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Heart's Invisible Furies - John Boyne

I entered the giveaway for this book because I remember reading the Boy in the Striped Pajamas when I was in the 9th grade and crying like a little bitch so I was like I trust John Boyne to deliver another good book.

BOI DID HE.

I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book because the summary doesn't give anything away and I was like mehhhhh there is a small chance I might not like it. I'm glad I read it, maybe I wouldn't read this as often as I read some of my other books but there'll be one of those days where you're in one of those moods and I'll pick this up and read it again.

I think it's an important book, you don't see a lot of novels out there with gay characters, or one that go this in-depth into that character's life. And it talks a lot about the atrocities and struggles that gay people suffered in Ireland and perhaps still endure to this day (I can't say for sure as I'm not an expert on Ireland or even really keep up to date with Irish news). And the amount of detail that was gone into had me shook but I think that was mostly due to the fact that I've never read a book like this before.

Like ever.

I really liked Cyril as a character, he did some shady things throughout his time but considering the fact that the story is told from his point of view, it was pretty understandable. He's really funny, and sometimes makes really morbid jokes and then you find yourself laughing at what he says and thinking dear God does this make me a bad person for laughing. I liked the ways that he so openly made fun of certain people to their face and the clueless response from those people who hadn't picked up on the fact that he was mocking them.

Some of the shit happened to him was honestly so wild (view spoiler)

And you feel for Cyril, and it's kind of hard not to considering he's a gay man living in 60's Ireland. He struggles with his sexuality and his feelings, and he has a lot of realizations about himself when he meets Bastiaan. The relationship that he had with Maude and Avery was a very strange one but it appealed to me, they got along well, and to be honest his interactions with them were hilarious.

Maude was probably one of my favourite characters just because she was so out there and had the most inappropriate of reactions at the most inappropriate times.

And it brought me great happiness to see that in the end, Cyril had a large family that cared about him and that he was happy because damn it he deserved it for all of the shit that happened to him throughout his life.

TL;DR: Give this a book a shot, maybe you won't like it, but you probably will.

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