More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best-seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.
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"The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions....There may be no better way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructive nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil." (Chicago Tribune)
Reads too much like a teenager's diary because that's what this is. To get a full understanding of one young girl's struggle one must have a working knowledge of what was happening outside the attic. One thing this book shows is that this could be any teenage girl in your family or neighborhood. She was so smart for her age. The events that transpired are sad to the point of heartbreak.
This is the very first book in my library to get 5 stars in every aspect.
Several. I was particularly torned every time she would think of her future life as an adult and her constant struggle with her inner and outer Anne.
Towards the end: "It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again."
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I enjoyed how Selma Blair read this book. Although it is historical and from the experience and viewpoint of someone there at the time, Anne Frank's personal teenage drama got tiresome. Is that how we sounded as teenagers? The sad part is that Anne didn't get the chance to grow out of those years. It was a horrible time for her, so long in hiding and then being discovered, never to see her family again, the ones she complained about so much while in close quarters with them but the very ones she was closest to emotionally. In her diary she got graphic in her opinions and thoughts, so this is not a book for the very young.
For the most part, the first part of the book is just the rambling of a young girl with little mention of the world around them. Just talk about school, boys and frustrations of a girl about her family.
But as time goes on, you can see her begin to mature and come into her own. Being serious about her future and how she wants to take on and ultimately change the world. And also still such innocence. She becomes more relatable as she is in her 14th and 15th year of life and she sees how childish she was before and how she becomes so grateful of the little things in life and how she sees beauty in the little things. It really shows her becoming a young woman and slowly leaving behind her childhood. It is a tragedy what happened to her and her family.
No one knows what would have become of her love for Peter and if this harsh time would have bonded them in love for life. I think it would have. And maybe it did, in the here after.
I visited the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam a few weeks ago July 2015, and was moved by what I saw. I touched the walls and doors to physically take in the moment. I would advise you to wait in the very long line it takes to get in if you are ever in Amsterdam. It's worth it. Better yet, try to be there by 6 AM to ensure you won't have to wait long to get in. The line can grow to a good 4+ hours. I had to hear her words and feel her emotions after going there. I hope this review is helpful to you.
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