Bruno’s father is a Nazi commandment, head of Auschwitz, or as Bruno calls it “Out With”. Bruno is unaware of the true nature of “Out With” and is entirely confused by the men and children in the village he sees from his bedroom window. The villagers all wear the same ill-fitting striped pajamas and never smile.
One day upon walking the perimeter of the village’s fence, Bruno encounters a young boy his own age named Pavel. Pavel and Bruno become friends, coming to meet at the village fence every day to sit and talk to one another. Pavel always asks Bruno to bring food, but Bruno is unaware of the significance of this request. The story ends exactly how you expect it to, with Bruno taking a trip to the village Pavel comes from.
It’s so predictable I could scream. I wish there was something mind-altering or mind-warping about the novel. Honestly, it was alright writing, a cute main character, but nothing that felt particularly real. I felt like it could’ve been much more, but fell short.