Review: THE ABSOLUTIST by John Boyne

WildmooBooks recently read and reviewed The Absolutist by John Boyne for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

I love everything about this novel–the characters, the story, the time period, the writing style. It’s an epic World War I story that flows back and forth in time from 1919 to 1916, with a concluding chapter set in 1979. It’s a tragic love story unlike any other that I’ve read, yet it rings so absolutely true. And when I say ‘love story’ I do not mean ‘romance’ so don’t let that put you off.

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Review: THE ABSOLUTIST by John Boyne

Readin’ and Dreamin’ recently reviewed The Absolutist by John Boyne for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s an excerpt:

I don’t know why I requested to read this book, maybe I like torturing myself. I knew it would be tragic. I basically knew what the book was about and how it would end. Well, I thought I did. There was one twist that I didn’t see coming, and it made the tears run down my face in lightning speed.

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Review: THE ABSOLUTIST by John Boyne

The Reading Life recently read and reviewed The Absolutist by John Boyne for the WWI Reading Challenge in 2012.  Here’s a sample:

This book brings home the horror and senselessness of the war to end all wars, WWI, with brutal clarity and exquisite  prose.   As the story opens we meet a young man, Tristan, who is about to be inducted into the British Army.   He is sent to basic training and it was just as horrible as I thought it would be.   The drill Sargent is a sadistic monster and his two seconds are as least as bad.  While in basic training Tristan forms a friendship with Will.

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Reviews: THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS by John Boyne

Here are excerpts from the reviews of the latest participants to read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  Click the links to read their complete thoughts.

Literary Feline from Musings of a Bookish Kitty says:

Bruno seemed much younger than his 9 years. The author specifically set out to make Bruno that innocent, that ignorant. He wanted to counter the extreme evil of the Holocaust with extreme innocence. And I think he succeeded in that.

Cheryl from Scrappy Cat says:

It is a chilling story that I highly recommend.

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Reviews: THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS by John Boyne

A few participants recently read and reviewed The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne for the WWII reading challenge.  Here are excerpts from their reviews; click the links to read their complete thoughts.

Christina from Reading Thru the Night says:

I thought this book was incredible. From the moment that I began reading, I was pulled into Bruno’s perspective on what was going on in Germany during World War II.

Kris from Not Enough Books says:

All Bruno knows is that he is taken from a home he loves and brought to a home where there are no other boys to play with and city to explore. He doesn’t realize exactly what it is his father is doing and what is going in the concentration camp that is right by his house. However that is what makes this story so powerful! The story is told from a totally different point of view than what we normally get. It’s told from a kids point of view, the way a kid experiences what is going on and understands what is going on.

Arielle from Bookatopia says:

This is easily the saddest book I have read this year and what made it worse was the innocence of the two boys who really didn’t understand the meaning behind the concentration camp or why they were supposed to be enemies. Throughout the book you encounter little hints of what goes on at the other side and how the Jews were treated, which the nine year old Bruno does not seem to apprehend but you obviously do. However nothing prepared me for the ending. Since I know that this book is geared towards young adults, I think I was naive as to how bad it could get and I was really shocked. I never thought a book could do that to me! The only thing that bothered me about this book is that sometimes the writing was mediocre. This was mostly due to long sentences that had no punctuation and never seemed to end. However, since I was so wrapped up in the story I was able to overlook this and it didn’t hinder me from enjoying the book any less.

thekoolaidmom from In the Shadow of Mt. TBR says:

There are a few things that just got under my skin with this book, however.  For instance, if these people are German, then I assume they speak German in their thoughts as well as conversations with one another.  I found it mildly irritating that Bruno would think “Auschwitz” would sound like “Aus mit” (the direct translation “Out-with”).  Or that he would hear “Der Führer” and think people were calling Hitler “Das Wut”.  Also, there are a lot of repetition in the book.  Okay, I get it… Father’s office is “Out of bounds at all times with no exceptions.”  I got that the first time.  And I caught it on page 1 that Bruno had some stuff that belonged to him and were nobody else’s business.  Another thing I really wish Boyne had added to the book was how Bruno and Shmuel would have spent their birthday.  No doubt Bruno would have had a party with cake and a big dinner, but how would he have shared the special day with his “twin”?

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Reviews: THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS by John Boyne

boy in striped pjsJohn Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is another popular choice among the WWII reading challenge participants.  Here are excerpts from some recent reviews [click their links to read the full reviews]:

Michele from A Reader’s Respite says:

The ending is one of those jaw-dropping, never-saw-it-coming endings.  A Reader’s Respite turned the last page, rested the book on our lap and simply sat there in awe and wonder for a full fifteen minutes….the ending is that amazing.

Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea says:

Bruno’s innocence about what is going on around him seems very unbelievable, but what this innocence does is make the conclusion of this book all the more shocking. This is one story I will never forget.

Heather from Book Addiction says:

It was less heavy than I expected – the prose is simple, the story moves along smoothly and isn’t nearly as depressing as I expected.  It was easy for me to get lost in the book and read it in one sitting.

Suey from It’s All About Books says:

The story is told very much through his [a 9-year-old German boy] eyes. He doesn’t understand at all most of what is going on. He is very naive and sheltered. And I like this. It kept me more distant from the “real” story, which I think is why I handled it all better than I expected. Maybe some people are bugged by that, but I thought it was a very interesting and unique way to approach the Holocaust issue.

Kathy from Bermudaonion’s Weblog says:

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is a great book that will really make you think and leave you teary-eyed and sad.  It’s about blind ambition and prejudices and how both can cloud our judgement and affect everyone around us.

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Review: THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS by John Boyne

boy-in-striped-pjsJo-Jo from Jo-Jo loves to read!!! recently reviewed The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne.  Here’s a snippet:

I don’t want to reveal too much about this book, but I honestly believe that everyone should read it. If you have this book and have been meaning to read it, I suggest that you just do it. It is a very fast read and you will be done with it before you know it.

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