In my opinion the boy in the striped pajamas is one of my favorite sotries, it combines history with great story telling.
As i see it the book is so shockingly good at showing us the world from Bruno's point of wiew. Everything Bruno interprets is very "child like" so i think the author tried his best to make you feel like you were interpreting the world through Bruno's mind. And this makes the world in the 1940's feel alive in this book.
Even if this story has a lot of great moments of story telling. In my opinion it still contains a lot of "filler chapters". A big part of this novel is dull and repetitive. And that makes the book more of a chore to read. Sometimes the book is either very immersive or very dull.
I belive that this book is one of the best attempts of making a good interpretation of the horrors of the holocaust. Even if the story is a fictitious one, it's good at showing that the holocaust affected everyone, including innocent nine year olds.
One thing i didn't enjoy about the book, was that in my opinion, major parts of the novel is very unrealistic. The reason im addressing this is because the book tries it's best to be realsitic but fails on many occasions. This foreksampel, Bruno spends almost a whole year sneaking out of his family's house at "out-with" to meet with Shmuel. A whole year without getting caught! This doesnt make sense, someone had to raise suspison after such along time, right?
As a last note i want to adress the ending. I figure that everyone reading the book or seeing the movie, felt sad after the death of Bruno and Shmuel. The ending is really dark grusome. And it contributes even more to show us the horrors of the holocaust, and this novel learns us that something like this must not happen again!