Hi, everybody! Today I’m going to give you my review of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Because this is not fiction the review will probably be a little bit different.
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.
Everybody knows the story of Anna Frank. In her diary where she writes in more than 2 years she tells us about how it was to be Jews in hiding during World War II. Furthermore she tells about herself; her feelings, things she’s gone through, … and about the people who she’s in hiding with.
I don’t know if this is going to be a good review since “my thoughts are stars I cannot put into constellations” (Yes, I quoted The Fault In Our Stars) but I’ll do my best.
First, let’s talk about the writingstyle. I know you can’t really judge the writingstyle of a young girl who writes in a diary but her writingstyle really is worth talking about. And I’m sure Anne would like to have feedback. During the two years Anne writes in her diary she develops a writingstyle which I’m impressed by. The first couple of weeks/months she writes about her usual life: her friends, school, … Then, her writing was still childish. Deeper in the book she begins to write better. She talks about the problems of going into hiding. (More about that later.)At the end she has a really good writingstyle for someone her age whereof a lot of young girls (including me) only can dream of. Her childish writing is all gone and she talks about bigger and more deep subjects.
Anne went into hiding with her parents, her sister, another family with a son and later on a doctor. Like every teenager she deals with problems with herself and others. Still, she has a lot of self-consiousness. In hard times people get to know themselves and others better. Anne felt misunderstood and found that her mother wasn’t acting like a mother should act towards her and Anne became independent from her. She gets blamed for everything, I wouldn’t be able to live with all those people who always whine and can be so mean. Although she didn’t have to live in a concentration camp (then) it must have been really hard to live with people you see every hour of the day and to never go outside.
Of course I knew how it all ended but to read about their deaths was quite emotional after reading two difficult years of their lives.
The only comfort for the death of Anne is that, even 70 years after her death, everyone knows her diary and her story. As she wanted it to be, she kept living after her death. She made an impression on a lot of people and that certainly includes me.
“I don’t want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living after my death!”
Did anyone of you read her diary? Made it a big impression on you? Comment below or give me a link to your review if you have one. I’d love to read it! 🙂
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