In my opinion, we read books not to learn some interesting story or some new useful information or just pass time, though these motives may lie on the surface of our desire to read. But the original reason is our desire to gain strong impressions from any source we can affords, be it real life or some public addition. Books which manage to produce such impression remain with us forever. Everybody has his own list of impossible-to-forget stories. Here is mine.
“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne refers to the years of the World War II. Of course, it is not the first book to tell us about the tragedy of war, but the unusual narration made this story exceptionally touching. The novel is about the friendship between two small boys -Bruno, who is the son of a Nazi Commandant, and a little Jew Schmuel who lives behind the fence of Auschwitz. Naïve views of Bruno who has not comprehended the depth of human cruelty yet makes the notes of tragedy sound even bitterer. In the end Bruno puts on striped pajamas and finds the way to the other side of the fence to play with Schmuel and the two boys got poisoned in the gas camera of Auschwitz like millions of other captives.
Sometimes the author takes pretty simple plot and turns it into unforgettable story, like it wads in case with “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding. From the first sight it is just a story of a group of boys who have survived the air crash and found themselves on an inhabited island. But the novel has deep layers of symbolic sense as well which make us plunge into the abyss of the dark human nature. The fact that it is the boys who are supposed to be innocent but reveals dark instincts of survival and leadership instead, makes this story even more shocking.
Finally, there is a novel written by Steven King, which is called “The Long Walk” and will hardly remain anyone indifferent. It tells about some non-existing world where a hundred of boys participate annually in a horrible competition. The participants should walk without stops and slow downs. There can be only one winner of this contest who will keep walking – the others will be killed the same instant they stop walking. The author describes the desperate desire to live, the struggle for survival which can save your life and turn you nuts at the same time.