Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

I finished this around 2:00 am and I still can't find the right words to relate how it has left me.  The only way to describe is to say that at a certain point in reading this, I drew in this huge gasp, and since then, the air has sat in my lungs making it feel like a truck is sitting on my chest.

What I'm ReadingThis book is one of the most disingenuous I've ever experienced.  It makes the entire thing more bearable, but more heartbreaking all at the same time.  After moving to "Out-With" due to his father's new job, Bruno lolls around in an angry daze until he meets Shmuel, his new and only friend.  Bruno is a selfish friend; something he is totally unaware of due to his naivety.  He complains about the unfairness of being stuck outside the fence. He opines about the Schmuel's luckiness in getting to wear comfortable pajamas every day. He regularly brings the starving Shmuel snack, but he also regularly eats them on his way to their meetings.  He whines about hating the Lieutenant because he insists on calling him "little man" while Shmuel is regularly subject to his physical and mental brutality. Schmuel is the exact opposite of Bruno in every way.  He only sees the good in his friend and sees him as a kind and giving acquaintance. 

The story ends with a turn around.  Bruno's final and only act of selflessness toward his friend. 

The Boy in the Stryped Pyjamas is jarring to say the least.  It paints a disturbing picture of the holocaust that can only be achieved through the eyes of a child.

Monday, November 26, 2012

She's Back...

Okay kids, it has been a very long time, but I'm ready to go at this again.  While, I haven't been blogging, I have been doing a TON of reading.  It's time to get back to writing it all down.  There have been some amazing books on my reading list in the past few months, and I've decided the only thing that could make some of the good ones better and some of the bad ones worth the read would be to share them with the world and find out what everyone else is thinking.  It will definitely take me awhile to get completely back into the swing of things, so your patience and blogger love is greatly appreciated.  In the spirit of getting started, her are some of the better works I've read lately with a mini word review.
  •  The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Polluck - Terrifying yet unavoidable
  •  The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg - Heartbreakingly hilarious

  •  The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga - Incredibly good writing, incredibly horrible circumstance