My Favorite Book To be honest, I am proud to say that my guilty pleasure is to read! Give me a book and I assure. I'll never put it down until I finish it , I have read hundreds of books, form horror to action , to drama to romance to science fiction, But across all of that books, characters , plots and pages, I have encountered, one of the books that really touched my soul was The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by Irish novelist John Boyne. Basically, the book was a historical / post modern type of novel, the setting was during the Nazi occupation where Adolf Hitler was on the rise and he was imposing the genocide of Jewish people with the use of concentration camps.
This story is mainly about a commandant's son, Bruno who befriended a little Jewish boy named, Shmuel when he and his family were assigned to live a concentration camp that Bruno's father was supervising. It was a beautiful and innocent friendship that has a twist of faith and a tragic end. This novel really touched me and my soul because, the characterizations were very much on point, somehow it gave me a glimpse of what the life was back then how difficult it was to live in such perilous situation, how hard a friendship could survive that eventually met a tragic end by having both of the children killed in a gas chamber.
While reading this , It made me look at life on someone's perspective, an innocent child for that matter, and how short it is and how one should value it because life is beautiful and we can only live it once and we should enjoy it regardless of our social class. As i was reading it, I was crying while because it made me realize the inhuman capacity that man can show to others it was very devastating and disappointing faction of truth.
But beyond that disappointment, I was touched by the novel because of how much the story values friendships and relationships, I loved how Bruno and Shmuel broke the barriers of the society in order to form a a brotherly friendship that transcends time and the most dangerous of situation. Somehow I think they've shown me how true loyalty is. They made me realized how powerful it was, and it destroys cultural and religious beliefs that separated them in the first place. I loved how Bruno made an effort to help Shmuel look for his father, even if that means that he had to cross the fence that was separating them and even unknowingly this may cause tragic consequences for him
I was also amazed by how innocent they were, how pure hearted both of those children were, they made me realize that not everyone is an enemy and at the time when we are in need the most , only the truest and most loyal friend will come and help us. I was touched by the bravery that Bruno showed in the novel, I think that by helping Shmuel he was indirectly defying what society dictates for them during that time.
Lastly, I believe the tragic fate that Bruno received was sort of a wakeup call for his father, I believe that it symbolizes as an atonement for all of the sins he might have committed during the Holocaust. It affected me in a way that, it made me realize that I should live my life honorably in a way that I won't benefit in the expense of others because if I do, consequences will be there to haunt me. In short it’s a true testament to what Confucius said that, “Don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you.”
Overall, I was very pleased with this novel, it was a wake-up call to the cruelties of that time. It made me realize how lucky I am that I am free today and won't be able to experience such nightmare. This novel really shows the difference of today and the past and how much time has changed and that the society we are living now is much better, and that we should do everything in our power to sustain such freedom and equality not only for us, but the future generations as well.