Synopsis: This story takes place in 1942 Germany. Bruno’s father receives a promotion within the German military and the family is forced to move to accommodate his new position. Eight year old Bruno does not like this move because he left all he knew behind. His friends, grandparents, and his beloved town are all far away. The new home is nothing like his old one. Everything is of less quality. There are no children near by from him to play with. Over time, he explores the house and the surrounding woods. During one adventure, he reaches the fence he can see from his bedroom window. As luck would have it, someone is near the fence on the other side. A chance encounter changes their lives. A unknown (to the boys) forbidden friendship is born between a son of a Nazi officer and a Jewish boy.
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My Thoughts: First, I saw the movie and thought it was really interesting. When I found out it was based off a book, I knew I had to read it. I believe this is considered a children’s book, even though the ideas and what is going on is very serious. It is told from eight year old Bruno’s point of view. He sees things that he does not understand, but we as readers probably do. This is an excellent story to illustrate that children do not have the same views of the world as adults. When Bruno sees Shmuel, he sees a boy just like himself. For the most part, the movie follows the book fairly well. However, the ending in the book is different. I like the ending in the movie much better. The same thing happened basically, but the reactions from the parents and his sister are … melodramatic.
Read September 17, 2012 — September 25, 2012