Category: Books

Rows on My Bookshelf: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Hey there guys! Last year I was extremely lazy and forgot about my blog site. So this year, I plan to change myself and be active in writing again. I realized this after the long vacation I just had. With my Christmas money I went around town buying books and reading them immediately so that I can buy another batch again. After reading every book, I get my notebook and write some notes and phrases that struck me. With that, I’m back to writing and sharing again.

To start with, I plan to share my collection of books which I’m extremely proud of. I will post an article for each book, together with my thoughts and all the feels I accumulated. This will be the first one, featuring the book I love the most. Please keep on reading and enjoy!

Nazi. Hitler. Holocaust. Mass Killings.
I believe we are all aware of these horrible topics. These were the times when we question the existence of good and mercy. We don’t only pity the victims, but ourselves as well because we weren’t able to do anything.

Last year, on August 18, 2014, I went to SM Baguio Booksale. It was the day after the 3-Day Sale they just had, and I know that some of the books during the sale were still there. There were a lot people, and I had to squeeze myself to reach the Children’s section. I stared at the overwhelming display of books, deciding where to start first. Then a book caught my eye immediately.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne.

OMG. I reached and took the book silently, even if I was rejoicing and super happy inside. Well I didn’t want to attract attention with all the people inside the shop. That would only make me silly.

I have been looking for this book ever since I watched the film. The movie adaptation of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was the second movie that made me cry, the first one was Disney’s Up. Even though the book was a bit expensive, I went to the counter and bought it with the last of my allowance . It was worth it. And to think that I already have the book!

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a must read book, very touching and inspirational. It’s something that everyone should read, not only to know what happened in the past. But also to end all racial divides. For us to respect one another, whatever skin color, race, nationality, language, and religion.

The story was all about a fence. And two boys seated opposite each other with the fence in between them. Bruno was just a boy, but he has a story so powerful and meaningful. It happened a long time ago. But until today, Bruno’s story still happens everyday.

It’s time to bring down the fence that separates us from one another. Read the book and be inspired.

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