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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Quotes from the novel by John Boyne

We don't have the luxury of thinking ... Some people make all the decisions for us.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bruno's mother, Page 14.
One day he was perfectly content, playing at home, sliding down banisters, trying to stand on his tiptoes to see right across Berlin, and now he was stuck here in this cold, nasty house with three whispering maids and a waiter who was both unhappy and angry, where no one looked as if they could ever be cheerful again.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
About Bruno, after change of location close to Auschwitz concentration camp is forced on his family, Page 15.
So we’re here at Out-With because someone said out with the people before us?
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bruno to Gretel, Page 25.
We should never have let the Fury come to dinner.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bruno's mother, about Hitler, Page 40.
He suddenly became convinced that if he didn’t do something sensible, something to put his mind to some use, then before he knew it he would be wondering round the streets having fights with himself and inviting domestic animals to social occasions too.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bruno, Page 69.
The thing about exploring is that you have to know whether the thing you've found is worth finding. Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered. Like America. And other things are probably better off left alone. Like a dead mouse at the back of the cupboard.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bruno to Shmuel, Page 114.
You wear the right outfit and you feel like the person you're pretending to be, she always told me.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bruno recalls the plays his grandmother used to put on for him and Gretel, as he dresses in his camp costume, Page 205.
Bruno opened his eyes in wonder at the things he saw. In his imagination he had thought that all the huts were full of happy families, some of whom sat outside on rocking chairs in the evening and told stories about how things were so much better when they were children and they'd had respect for their elders, not like the children nowadays. He thought that all the boys and girls who lived there would be in different groups, playing tennis or football, skipping and drawing out squares for hopscotch on the ground.
... As it turned out, all the things he thought might be there - weren't.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bruno in the camp, Page 207.
Despite the chaos that followed, Bruno found that he was still holding Shmuel's hand in his own and nothing in the world would have persuaded him to let go.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The boys hold hands in the gas chamber near end of novel, Page 213.
A few months after that some other soldiers came to Out-With and Father was ordered to go with them, and he went without complaint and he was happy to do so because he didn't really mind what they did to him anymore.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bruno's father realizes as the person managing the camp, he was responsible for his own son's death, Page 216.
Quotes from the Movie:
Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows. - John Betjeman.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Movie begins with this quote.
Bruno: There is such thing as a nice Jew, though, isn't there?
Herr Liszt: I think, Bruno, if you ever found a nice Jew, you would be the best explorer in the world.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
About Bruno, after change of location close to Auschwitz concentration camp is forced on his family, Page 15.
Bruno: We're not supposed to be friends, you and me. We're meant to be enemies. Did you know that?
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
To Shmuel.
Lieutenant Kotler: They smell worse when they burn, don't they?
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Referring to Jewish prisoners in camp, as smoke comes from camp chimneys.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: a 2006 novel about Germans and the Holocaust, from the point of view of a young boy, written by Irish novelist John Boyne. John Boyne was born on April 30, 1971, in Dublin. The book was made into a movie (2008).


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