Review: The Boy at the Top of the Mountain

The Boy at the Top of the Mountain
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have had this book waiting in the tbr pile for ages. I should have read it much sooner. I really enjoyed this take on a war story. Poor Pierrot, so nieve, such a tragic start in life, his father run over by a train and then his beloved mother dies of consumption. His only friend is the little boy downstairs but his family cannot afford to take Pierrot in and so he is sent off to an orphanage. It is all pretty awful for him. Then, via a traumatic train journey, he ends up in Hitler’s Berghaus observing the war from the point of view of the Nazi elite.

This book is, in a way, related to the Boy In Striped Pajamas in that the main character is a child looking on at the Nazi activities and not fully understanding what is going on. The author, whom I admire greatly, had played a clever trick as the two books are just ever so slightly linked. I loved the way that Pierrot, who becomes Pieter is gradually indoctrinated and how we see how easy it is to be caught up in the mass hysteria of war.

An excellent book and one I think will be well received at school. It could be a successful text for school I think, there is a lot you could discuss as a result of reading this novel.

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