Review: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

AUDIO BOOK; 9H 55MIN
READ BY SELMA BLAIR
LISTENING LIBRARY, 2010/1947
SOURCE: PURCHASED

From Goodreads: Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

I only want to be a teenager.” These are the words of a 13-year of Anne Frank whose diary was published after WWII as The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne is Jewish and lives in Amsterdam, but is rather typical teenager. Naturally there are restrictions on what Jew can and cannot do, but you are still allowed to walk outside, have suitors and laugh with your friends. However, soon after beginning her diary, Anne’s father announces that they have to go to hiding. Anne’s family moves into a secret annex – small attic rooms above an office building. They share the rooms with the van Daan family as well as few others Jews, and as the misery continues, the relationships in the annex are put to test.

Anne Frank’s diary dates from June 1942 to August 1944, before the secret annex was discovered and it’s habitats shipped to concentration camps. Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only survivor of the Frank family, and after the war he came to possession of Anne’s diary. What first began as harmless confessions of a teenage girl was transformed by the war and the hiding, and one of Anne’s wishes was to publish her diary after the war. Otto Frank decided to fulfill his daughters wish, and The Diary of a Young Girl was published in 1947.

This is one of the books that should not be forgotten, so moving is the true story behind it. It projects hope against hope that things would turn out well and that there would be a better future after the war. It has its depressing moments, but for the most part, it reflects the thoughts of a girl and a young woman. It’s not the greatest piece of literature, but it covers several issues that were considered highly controversial in the 1940s. I did not love Anne, but I felt for her, and I found her inner musings very insightful and mature for her age. I definitely recommend that you pick this up, if you already haven’t.

4/5

People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.

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3 thoughts on “Review: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

  1. A classic which I’ve often stumbled upon!
    I knew what it was all about,but feared it might be too autobiographical!
    Your review was just what I needed to add the book to my wish list! 🙂

  2. I think Anne Frank’s story is heart-breaking and I really hate wars because of all the suffering they cause. Yet, I find this book a bit annoying. I never understood why is it so popular. People never touch any other memoirs or diaries or sometimes don’t know who fought who in WW2 but this book they read. It’s just weird.

    • I think part of the popularity comes from the fact people usually read it when they are quite young and thus more impressionable. In most bookstores and libraries, this book is placed on the young adult section and not with the other memoirs.

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