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by John Boyne

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In Boyne's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, what did Bruno's old house in Berlin look like?  

In The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Bruno's old house in Berlin was a spacious structure with more than three floors, including an attic with a “little room” and a window. His parents’s bedroom and large bathroom is one floor below the attic. Below that are the children’s bedrooms and shared bathroom. On the ground floor are his father's office, the dining room, the kitchen, and the living room, and “two enormous oak doors” beside the stairs.

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Bruno loves his home in Berlin for many reasons. First, he is accustomed to it and to Berlin. All of his friends and, most importantly, his grandparents live nearby. In addition, he loves the house itself. It stands on “a quiet street and alongside it were a handful of other big houses.” It is multi-leveled; there are more than three floors. We know this because Bruno describes the house at Auschwitz as having "only three floors."

Thus, the Berlin house is quite spacious. Bruno loves its banister, which “stretched from the very top floor ... to the ground floor.” The top floor in the Berlin house is most likely the attic. It has a small room that contains a window where Bruno can see “across Berlin” if he stands on his tiptoes. The floor below contains his parents’s bedroom and a large bathroom. The floor below theirs is where his bedroom and Gretel's room are, and there is a bathroom on this level that is smaller than the one located on his parents’ floor.

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