Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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.

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