The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The boy in the striped pajama’s – John Boyne

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  1. We don't have the luxury of thinking ... Some people make all the decisions for us.
Bruno's mother, Page 14.

  2. 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.
About Bruno, after change of location close to Auschwitz concentration camp is forced on his family, Page 15.

  3. So we’re here at Out-With because someone said out with the people before us?
Bruno to Gretel, Page 25.

  4. We should never have let the Fury come to dinner.
Bruno's mother, about Hitler, Page 40.

  5. 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.
Bruno, Page 69.

  6. 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.
Bruno to Shmuel, Page 114.

  7. You wear the right outfit and you feel like the person you're pretending to be, she always told me.
Bruno recalls the plays his grandmother used to put on for him and Gretel, as he dresses in his camp costume, Page 205.

  8. 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...

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