I’m still trying to figure out if the book was better than the movie or it’s the other way around.
The plot is easy: Nine year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution or the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas. Bruno’s friendship with Shmuel will take him from innocence to revelation. And in exploring what he is unwittingly a part of, he will inevitably become subsumed by the terrible process.
The characters in the movie with the same name “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” (2008) are exacly chosen as they are in the book, this happends almost never. Oh, the lines, the lines are also the same ones as they are in the book. This is an exact reproduction, it’s amazing, but exept for the ending, which is changed in the movie and in my opinion, it’s better. You understand exacly what happend to Bruno and “the boy in stripped pyjamas”.
I don’t wanna spoil the ending, but you shouls really read the book and also watch the movie, they go on very well together.
Winner: Irish Book Award Children’s Book of the Year, Irish Book Award People’s Choice Book of the Year, Bisto Book of the Year, Que Leer Award Best International Novel of the Year (Spain), Orange Prize Readers Group Book of the Year. Shortlisted for British Book Award, the Border’s New Voices Award; the Ottaker’s Children’s Book Prize, the Paolo Ungari Literary Award (Italy) , Irish Book Award Irish Novel of the Year Award]]; the Leeds Book Award; the North-East Book Award; the Berkshire Book Award; the Sheffield Book Award; the Lancashire Book Award; Prix Farniente (Belgium); Flemish Young Readers Award; Independent Booksellers Book of the Year; Deutschen Jugend Literatur Preis (Germany).
British Independent Film Awards 2008: Won – Best Actress Vera Farmiga, Nominated – Most Promising Newcomer Asa Butterfield and Best Director Mark Herman.
Chicago International Film Festival 2008: Won – Director Mark Herman and many others, you can see the full list on imdb.com.
Happy reading / watching! 🙂