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In The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, how does Bruno feel about his new home?

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When Bruno first arrives at his new home in Out-With, he is discouraged and upset. Bruno cannot get over the difference between his new home in Out-With and his enormous, comfortable home in Berlin. Bruno immediately notices that his new home is located in a desolate environment with no other houses nearby, which means that Bruno will not have any local boys to play with. The house in Out-With is also substantially smaller than his massive home in Berlin. Bruno is dismayed to discover that there are only three floors and a lack of unique, exciting hiding places for him to explore. The new home in Out-With is removed from any towns or neighborhoods and Bruno describes it as the "loneliest place in the world." His new home fills him with a sense of emptiness and he absolutely despises it. Bruno proceeds to complain to Maria and desperately wants to move back to Berlin. Bruno's feelings of loneliness and desolation are appropriate given the fact that his new home is located directly next to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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Bruno is dismayed when he sees where he is going to live because it is in such contrast to his lovely house in an interesting and exciting part of Berlin.

Whereas Bruno's former home was in an established neighborhood in the city, this house near the Polish border is completely isolated and on a desolate piece of land, but his house in the city was surrounded by others with streets to traverse that had fruit and vegetable stands emitting all sorts of smells. This new house is much smaller and seems to Bruno to be "the loneliest place in the world." As if all of this is not bad enough, there is no one for Bruno to play with and his friends are all back in Berlin. He tells his mother, "I think this was a bad idea," but she tells Bruno that they do not have the "luxury of thinking."

Without doubt, the new house could not be more different from the house that the family has moved from in Berlin, and Bruno's feelings about it are equally as disparate.

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