Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank // Wow.

Posted June 19, 2016 by Inge in Features, Join the Dance // Events, Tags & Challenges, Reviews / 13 Comments

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank // Wow.The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Eleanor Roosevelt, B.M. Mooyart-Doubleday
Published by Bantam on January 1st 1970
Genres: Non-Fiction
Pages: 283
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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 Annexe" 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.

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And so our Read-a-long Diaries come to an end. We didn’t have many participants, but I, at least, have really enjoyed myself. Thank you to Ely for pushing me to read this book, because it’s grand.

Read-A-Long-Diaries

I thought I knew the story of Anne Frank.

I knew the story of how she went into hiding with her family for a few years and wrote everything down in a journal. I knew of the fact that she was captured right at the end of the war, when hope was high and peace was nigh, only to die of typhus a mere few weeks before her concentration camp would be liberated. All of this, I knew, I’d been told many a time in history class.

As it turns out, Anne’s story goes so much deeper than that; I’d only grazed the bare surface. Anne’s story is a revelation, and I was surprised by how much I could relate to her. Anne was and sounded very young at the beginning of her diary, but over time she grows so intelligent and self-evaluating and she was so very wise way beyond her years at the mere age of fifteen. I marvelled at how snarky she was; I loved that she wanted to be a writer as well; I related far too strongly with her at times.

“This week I’ve been reading a lot and doing little work. That’s the way things ought to be.”

I have agoraphobia, and when I was at my worst, I could barely leave the house for two minutes. On top of that, I was living in this tiny dorm in Antwerp, and oftentimes I thought I would go mad; felt like I could run up the walls. So I recognised a lot of myself in Anne’s anxiety and depression at being cooped up like a bird in a cage. I could feel her fear seeping through the pages, could feel the monotony addling her brain, found my own thoughts echoed in her words. I definitely needed to take breaks while reading, because sometimes it became far too real.

“Ordinary people don’t know how much books can mean to someone who’s cooped up.”

At one point in the book, Anne wishes to live on, even beyond her death. How she would laugh if only she knew that her diary had been read by so many people, that the Achterhuis/Secret Annexe in Amsterdam gets a million visits a year, that she’s practically the most famous child of the twentieth century.

I am so incredibly moved that words can hardly express what I’m feeling. It’s a deep and powerful feeling, an emotional one, and I think that Anne will remain with me for a long time to come.

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13 responses to “Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank // Wow.

  1. I read this a few years ago, and can remember how much I related to Anne too, and how moving I found her diary. It’s so sad when she says about all the things she wants to do, like becoming a writer (and clearly she was very good at it! I doubt most teenagers diaries would be as interesting and vivid as hers!), when you know what happened to her in the end. She did get her wish to live on though beyond death, which is something.
    Great review! 🙂

    • Thank you, Laura! Yeah, it was especially heart-breaking to read about the things she wanted to do after the war, like become a writer. And when she mentioned the things she would tell her children. It was really powerful.

  2. I really need to get me a copy of this book! I’ve been wanting to read it since I first heard of it – a trip to the library is in order, methinks. I also have anxiety and I’ve gone through periods of agoraphobia too so maybe I will relate to some of her thoughts as well. Wonderful review! <3

    • I think you definitely will relate to her thoughts. I know I did! Absolutely give this book a try if you can. And if you ever feel the need to talk to someone about your anxiety and agoraphobia, you know where to find me.

  3. I feel like I’ve been waiting my entire life for this review, Inge 😛 I know you only told me that you’d review it two days, but my god. I’m so so happy that you co-hosted with me, even if we were the only two to participate. I’m even happier that you connected to the diary so well. It’s one thing to get people to read a book, but it’s another thing entirely for them to actually like it. Welcome to the Anne Frank-pushing club! <3 <3 <3

    • Thank you for forcing this book on me, Ely! In that way, our Readalong Diaries was a success. Even if we were the only two reading it, hahaha. I certainly understand your love for Anne now.

  4. I received this book about two years ago as a gift and still have not gotten around to reading it. To be honest, it almost scares me slightly – the intensity of Anne’s situation and the tragedy of her end seems nearly too much to bear. I’m sure I’ll read it one of these days, but for now the rawness of the story – the realness of it – keeps me at arm’s length. Soon, though. Soon.

    • I completely understand, lovely. It is a really heavy topic. But once you do find the courage to pick it up, I think it will really touch you.

  5. I haven’t read this and I couldn’t visit the museum when I was in Amsterdam because the tickets are so in demand (and you would have, you know, had to plan the trip beforehand), but I’m really interested now. I only know the very basics of her story, but it sounds like something definitely worth reading.

    • I actually hear the Anne Frank house isn’t that impressive to visit. Three-hour-long waiting lines and you kind of move through the house without being able to stop anywhere in one huge line. I think I still want to see it for myself, though, now that I’ve read the book. It’s so worth reading.

  6. I am planning to read this to my girls soon. They have been to the Ann Frank memorial we have here in Boise, Idaho and they ask questions. I think the best way to know her story is to read her story.

    • That’s awesome that your girls are interested in her story! I do think the best way is through Anne’s eyes. It’s the most authentic.

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