|The perfect cover, no? (x)|
What John Boyne managed to do was incredible. Seeing the war from the perspective of a nine year-old boy whose father is promoted by the Fury (Führer) himself? Brilliant. Little details like these painted the picture of Bruno's heart and mind perfectly. For example, at one point he salutes his father when turning to leave the room: “Heil Hitler," he said, which, he presumed, was another way of saying, "Well, goodbye for now, have a pleasant afternoon.” From start to finish, Bruno thinks they've relocated to a place called Out-With. But watching what's happening in the changing world around him, conversations and events that he can't begin to understand, it doesn't take long for you to realize where he really is. His naivety throughout the story is utterly heartbreaking in contrast to the Nazis sifting in and out of his new home and their influence on his older sister Gretel.
Somehow he manages to stay true to himself, because in his childlike innocence, he is living entirely in his own world. The world around him changes, but his doesn't. Perhaps that's why it's so easy for him to form an unlikely friendship with a boy in striped pajamas on the other side of the fence.
In the afterword, the author details his belief that you can't really grasp the horrors of the camps unless you look at it through the eyes of a child. This story really couldn't be told from any other view point. Striking and poignant, it's a quick read that will leave you thinking for days afterward.
Which should have been a great, big, furiously waving red flag that three days was not enough space between me and and the book to watch the movie! Gah! Dear self, are you a masochist? Why yes, yes I am! Still, I have to wonder, could there ever be enough space between me and the book to prepare me for seeing it? I'm not entirely sure.
|*sobbing... sah-hobbing... SOBBING*|
Still, the movie is well worth watching. I had no idea Asa Butterfield was playing Bruno and as soon as I saw him I knew it was going to be 10 times more emotional than anticipated. The kid's been in Merlin, so... no elaboration necessary. Speaking of no elaboration necessary...
|This outfit... NOPE.|
In conclusion, I think it will be a while before I revisit WWII. Forget the book hangovers I've had trouble shaking recently, this book has me in a flat out emotional coma I won't soon recover from! Definitely read... definitely watch... but my gosh... definitely prepare yourself.