I am probably among the last people on the planet to have read Anne Frank’s diary, and given that, this review is probably very redundant. I am doing it nonetheless because it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
Anne Frank’s was one of the Jewish families that went into hiding during Hitler’s reign. Her diary is a day-to-day account of life in hiding, written between the ages of 13 and 15. Even though it was never intended for public readership, it makes for a smooth storyline and an extremely engaging one at that. It re-emphasizes, time and again, the futility of war.
Anne Frank was 13 when she started writing her diary and I’m 21, and yet, I can relate to everything she writes about growing up in a world where adulthood is defined by age and not maturity of thought.
“We’re all alive, but we don’t know why or what for; we’re all searching for happiness; we’re all leading lives that are different and yet the same… People who are religious should be glad, since not everyone is blessed with the ability to believe in a higher order… Not the fear of God, but upholding your own sense of honor and obeying your own conscience. How noble and good everyone will be if, at the end of each day, they were to review their own behavior and weigh up the rights and wrongs.”
In the movie The History Boys, the Professor talks about such a literary relationship with a book,
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”
Anne Frank’s diary has really inspired me to resume writing my own. I want to document every part of my life, every moment, everything that has ever meant anything to me.
“Paper has more patience than people.” – Anne Frank.
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You are not the last one. Even I have to read it! I have heard a lot about this book. Thanks for reminding me!
this has been my favorite book since i was old enough to understand it. i’m surprised you’ve never read it because i almost feel like we had to read it for school at some point? no?
i have the annotated, unabridged version and they describe the franks last day in the house, and i still cry and it breaks my heart each time i read it. she was a beautiful, brilliant creature…as were so many of those destroyed by this evil in our world. i went to auschwitz when I went to Poland and it was possibly the most disturbing and emotionally tormenting thing i ever did, but i am very glad i did. Anne died at berger-belsen, but her father Otto was at Auschwitz.
I want to visit the house in Holland one day to pay homage, but I worry where I will find the strength to do it, it is so emotionally wrenching.
….moved…and yes you must be the last person in your age group to have read it…
but having said that I think I want to read it again – I feel I will connect with it at a different level..
I guess that’s what makes a great book – something that can be read by all age groups and connected with no matter how many times you read it..and what’s amazing – it will have a different relevance to you depending upon at which stage in life you decided to read it…
I have been thinking of getting back to my diary…have almost forgotten the joy it would give me when I was younger…
loved this book she truly showed what her life was like and was honest een when what she had to say was not popular.