The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
John Boyne wrote the first draft of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas in two days. I managed to down this slim novel in about an hour and a half. To be fair, children’s literature is fairly easy for me, an adult literary critic-in-training, to breeze through, but I actually had intended to pick at it over a busy weekend. But The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was transfixing, something I find rare in media—the last thing I was transfixed by was The Social Network, being innocent to the work of David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin. But transfixing does not mean flawless.