Not Seen But Read It

I read it (and met the author) about 18 months ago. When I do get to see it I'll be very interested to see how it compares to the book, and how the very naive boy comes across.

susanjay55 susanjay55
51-55, F
3 Responses Feb 20, 2009

Hi Susie, Thanks for that, seems somewhat strange and ironic to think that I, with Jewish lineage, was concerned as to whether one more innocent child was murdered, albeit in fiction, when there were six million killed in fact, many of whom were children, but then that just shows the skill of John Boyne. Now of course I can boast, when and if! I get my book back, of my new found knowledge and drop in that " I have a friend, who met the author" for which I owe you a drink.<br />
Regards<br />

Hi Cherpee, John Boyne himself said the idea for the book 'just came to him' (and he wrote it very quickly) so although the background and settilng are obviously real, the characters and specific story line are totally fictitious. <br />
He came to talk to some English classes at the school I was working in.<br />
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Regards<br />

Hi, was very moved by the film (have since bought the book, but have lent it out, therefore not read yet!) went with friends from volunteer group. My maternal grandmother was in a camp and survived, although husband and several family perished, so I could see how the plot was unfolding, before some of the others. Felt it was poignant and informative, and whilst I hesitate to say that I was entertained, I was nevertheless absorbed in what was a difficult and sensitively handled interpretation. Curious to know if the ironic end has any basis in truth, or was just a tongue in cheek, twist in the tale?<br />
Feel free to disagree<br />
Regards<br />