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Subject: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (may contain spoilers)
Date Posted: 7/4/2010 12:25 PM ET
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I just finished this book.  WOW, I'm speechless.  This is a keeper for me.  I have a question though:  Is it just me or did anyone else get the impression that Bruno's mother was having an affair with Lt. Kotler?

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 8:59 AM ET
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Oh my gosh. I am absolutely in love with this book. I think every single person should read it. It's such a unique perspective on the holocaust.

I definitely got the impression they were having an affair. I used it in my book club at school (I teach 7th) and my students even had that impression! I don't think the movie gives the same impression, though.

Also, I think in the book the mom was more clueless to what was going on and what her husband was doing than in the movie. Did you see the movie? What'd you think of it?

I'm using this book in my classroom next year. I can't get enough of it.

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 12:18 PM ET
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I LOVED this book.  It just blew me away. I just bought the movie last night but haven't watched it yet.

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 4:32 PM ET
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I saw the movie on Netflix but didn't read the book.  My daughter read the book for class but I didn't.  I thought it was to young for me but I was wrong.  Is the book better than the movie?

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 6:22 PM ET
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The book is DEFINITELY better than the movie!!! Read it!

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 10:31 PM ET
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Loved the book.  I got that vibe too, but I wasn't sure.

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 11:53 AM ET
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Man, this book left me speechless, too. So good. And so sad. 

Is it just me or did anyone else get the impression that Bruno's mother was having an affair with Lt. Kotler?

Hmmm, I never even thought about it. Interesting. I could see it now that you say it.

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 6:46 PM ET
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I just requested that book and it should be coming any time now. 

Date Posted: 7/7/2010 11:02 PM ET
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The movie version is pretty good. I think it's better than most of the movies out there that are based on books. But the one thing I thought was really disappointing, was the lack of humor. When I read the book, I thought there were so many hilarious parts or sayings. I actually found myself laughing out loud many times (ie: The Hopeless Case...haha!)

That's actually one of the main reasons I loved the book. While it's such an intense/serious/disturbing topic, it's funny at the same time. I think Boyne's writing is really clever. And, of course, that's not portrayed in the movie. So, while the movie is okay, it doesn't do the book justice. Maybe his clever, "funny" writing makes such a scary topic more palatable for younger students. And adults too.

And Renee, I think this book is good for ALL ages. The beginning of the book (or is it the back cover?) even says that. Just because the main character is 9, doesn't mean it's meant for 9 yr olds.

Date Posted: 7/8/2010 6:16 PM ET
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I'll be the dissenting opinion.  I detested this book.  Everything about it made me angry.  I thought it was trite, danced around the Nazi experience, and was insulting to the reader (even though my understanding is that it was written for teenagers -- it would still beneath their intelligence level -- For example, why would the child have thought his father was saying "out with?""  They would have been speaking German.) 

This probably won't make me popular, but it's how I felt about the book. 

Date Posted: 7/9/2010 11:12 AM ET
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saw the movie, now may read the book....movie was done as best as could be expected with such a volatile and deep emotionally charged subject.  The children were the stars, and what was NOT said, said a lot.  Excellent movie.

Subject: Another great tale from that horrible time - "The Nazi Officer's Wife"
Date Posted: 7/10/2010 8:57 AM ET
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I just finished "The Nazi Officer's Wife".  Since high school,  I have read everything that I could get my hands on about that period because the horror of the acts by ordinary people,  made it so unbelieveable to me.   I found this book to be most unusual and all the more facinating because it is true and the author is still alive.

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 6:57 AM ET
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Thanks for the recomendation Barbara.  I'll have to look for that.

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 6:26 PM ET
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This was such a good book. I am waiting for Netflix to bring me the movie (should be here tomorrow)!

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 7:08 PM ET
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Even though I liked it, I think The Book Thief was a much better book.  If you want to read another Holocaust book, I found it to be amazing.

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Date Posted: 8/2/2010 2:05 PM ET
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I bought The Boy in the Striped Pajamas  in a 2 pack from Scholastic.  I would highly recommend the second book, The Boy Who Dared.  It is about a German youth and his courage to do what he believed was right.  It is based on a true story.

Date Posted: 8/4/2010 10:04 PM ET
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I finished the audio version very recently and really enjoyed it. It actually took until I got to the middle of disk 2 (of 4) for it to capture my attention though. But yes, I did get a strong impression that they were having an affair. There were several things in the book that alluded to that. My son watched the movie in school and didn't remember that part of the story, so it might not have been in the movie version. Good book though!

Date Posted: 8/12/2010 11:35 PM ET
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Loved the movie.  Looks like I need to read the book.

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 9:39 AM ET
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I just finished this book last night and WOW is all I can say.  It had been on my shelf for a long time and I wish I had read it earlier.  Yes, I did get the feeling that the mom was fooling around with that young soldier but that seemed to be implied rather than anything stated about it.  I had no idea that it was a movie.  I will be going to Netflix account soon to find it.

Thanks everyone for the other recommendations to similar books.  I LOVE PBS!

Date Posted: 3/29/2011 2:22 PM ET
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The True Story of Hansel and Gretel is my favorite in that genera.

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 1:03 PM ET
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For example, why would the child have thought his father was saying "out with?""  They would have been speaking German.) 

This probably won't make me popular, but it's how I felt about the book.  

Ok, I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed but I guess I always thought Auschwitz (sp?) WAS a German word.  Anyway, NEVER feel afraid to voice a dissenting opinion on something.  Makes life interesting.........................

Date Posted: 3/31/2011 4:20 PM ET
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"For example, why would the child have thought his father was saying "out with?""  They would have been speaking German." 

I have not read the book, nor seen the movie, but I know a little German.  The German translation of the words "out with" is "raus mit" which I suppose if you slur a bit and the listener is not paying close attention, might sound a bit like Auschwitz, which was indeed the German name given to the camp.