I don’t know. Do I? Do I need to link up with Bloglovin’, too? Or is it just one more site to monitor? Lovers and haters, I need to hear from you.
Otherwise, it’s been a lazy old week. It’s half-term in the UK, which means the children are off from school, so I’ve been spending time with my all-time-favourite lady. We’ve gone out to lunch, we’ve watched movies, we’ve hung out at Camden Market, and we’ve bought all her teachers gifts in anticipation of the end-of-school-year next month. Go us!! (She’s having a bit of a sulk now because clearly, we’ve had TOO much fun, and we need some balance). We’re going to see Tomorrowland with her Breton Bestie tomorrow – I can’t wait! Oh, and I finished reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.
It was delicious. Heart-breaking and beautiful and so well-observed. I fell in love with Bruno, I could almost picture myself in his head. John Boyne has done an amazing job of exploring the relationships, the beliefs and the conflicts through the eyes of a young child.
Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
Some reviewers complained that the child was too naive, but remember, this young boy played on the streets with his friends, he wasn’t watching TV and being bombarded by media the way our children are today. His constant mispronunciation of certain places and names added to the charm. There was no overt violence, but enough language and expression to ensure understanding. I watched the movie, but the book is better. I was sobbing at the end. For the loss of innocence. For the sins of the father being visited upon the son. For the absolute senseless waste.
If you haven’t already read it, go buy it now. If you have read it, what do you think? Good, bad or indifferent? Any other John Boyne books I should read?