The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

"We're not supposed to be friends, you and me. We're meant to be enemies. Did you know that? ”   The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

“We’re not supposed to be friends, you and me. We’re meant to be enemies. Did you know that? ” The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

Apparently the first draft of this book was written in just 3 days.  I have to say that doesn’t entirely surprise me.  It’s not that I don’t think the book is good, it’s just not the sort of story which demands a whole lot of research.  It’s subject matter is pretty straightforward and it’s style is quite simplistic.  At times, it’s a bit too simplistic for my liking, written as it is from the perspective of a 9 year old German boy during WW2.  There were times when I had to remind myself that kids then were a lot more innocent and naïve than they are today, but still I felt as if Bruno, our protagonist, seemed younger than 9. SO, TELL ME BRUNO’S STORY…