Reading Log (2015): Part Two

Once by Morris Gleitzman/The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

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I read Once and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in close succession. Both books deal with the Holocaust and both manage to communicate the unimaginable realities of life under Nazi rule to a younger audience. Of the two, I found Once the more convincing and the better book.  It manages to remain realistic and plausible whereas the very premise of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a narrative device which Theboyinthestripedpyjamasfeels a stretch too far (a boy in a concentration camp is supposedly able to move freely about the camp, freely enough to allow him to regularly speak to his German friend, Bruno, on the other side). Nevertheless, both are extraordinarily powerful, moving and important books. Continue reading

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