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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas | Study Guide

John Boyne

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Overview

Author

John Boyne

Year Published

2006

Type

Novel

Genre

Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The narration in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is third-person limited omniscient. This choice enables the narrator to share the thoughts of the young characters Bruno, Gretel, and Shmuel while also permitting commentary to continue after Bruno's death.

Tense

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The title The Boy in the Striped Pajamas refers to a Jewish boy in a Nazi concentration camp, Shmuel, whom the main character, Bruno, befriends. His striped prisoner's clothing resembles pajamas. The subtitle, A Fable, suggests that the story contains both moral instruction and deeper universal truths. The American editions use the spelling Pajamas and British editions, Pyjamas.

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