I just finished (and want to strongly recommend) a book called The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. The movie was playing when I was in London last week but I didn’t get a chance to see it, so I grabbed the paperback up at the bookstore before I left. It’s short and SO worth a read, though I’ll warn you that if it affects you the way it did me, it’ll leave you heartbroken and profoundly unsettled (not always a bad thing methinks).
The Holocaust has always interested (and, of course, horrified) me. I visited the Holocaust Museum in DC recently and last week I saw an exhibit about it at the Imperial War Museum in London. This book tells the story of that period through the eyes of two 9-year-old boys who become unlikely friends… one is the son of the Commandant of Auschwitz and the other is a Jewish prisoner at the camp. The book is billed as ‘a story of innocence in a world of ignorance’ and though I found it in the adult section of the store, I'm guessing it was written for a much younger target audience than I represent (which doesn’t change its worthiness, as anyone who regularly reads quality kids’ books will tell you). Ryan will be starting it tomorrow, as I'm planning to take her to the Holocaust Museum next weekend and I think this story should be required reading prior to a visit there.
I’m hoping the movie will be released here on DVD soon. Though I don’t normally watch a movie if I loved the book, I expect this one will measure up. I hope it does. Anyway, if you opt to read the book (or if you already have), let me know what you think!