I picked up the book (ebook to be more precise) after positive reviews from Ed. I knew that it was about the holocaust. So I was expecting bad news at the end of it.
It was written from the perspective of an innocent 9 year old. I was put to ease by the delightful childish observations of Bruno, the young protagonist of the story. The guileless friendship between him and the-boy-in-striped pyjamas brought down my “defense” against the “bad news”.
It’s a thoroughly enjoyable story. That’s why the ending caught me unaware. The ending was more poignant to me, for the fact that I’ve a little boy.
No more spoilers from me. Highly recommended read. Not suitable for bedtime story though. It took me a while to fall asleep after finishing it.