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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl [Unknown Binding]

Anne Frank
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  • ASIN: B00005VELQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (270 customer reviews)
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit too American? 24 July 2003
Format:Paperback
I first read the original translation 20 years ago and was very moved, though reading it now I can see that the language has been tidied up and often sounds far too adult for a teenager.
This 'Definitive Edition' is excellent in some ways because it contains a lot of material which wasn't included before but the new translation reads too much like an American high school student (eg lots of references to 'candy' 'fifth grade' 'report card' 'smart' 'goof'). It gives the impression of a poor, victimised American girl, whereas Anne Frank was European, in fact German (not Dutch!). I believe Anne Frank learnt British English, (her father was a great Dickens fan) so a lot of these terms would be completely alien to her. And historically speaking a translation into British English would be more fitting, because it is, like Anne, European.
Let North America have this translation, but will we ever get a translation for the non-American market instead of having an American take on everything foisted on us?
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper is more patient than man. 11 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
Since a young age I had known about Anne Frank, from her diary, hiding in the "Secret Annexe" in Amsterdam during the Second World War, and ultimately her tragic death at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. But until recently I had not read the diary. I had been read extracts from it but never picked it up and read it from beginning to end. If I try to think of reason behind why it took me so long, I fail to think of one.

I started reading on Tuesday and quickly found myself in a state of being half surprised. Growing up, though knowing it was non-fiction, and had actually happened, I only ever really read fictional books so a part of me imagined reading the Diary would just feel like reading a rather realistic fiction. What took me (oddly) by surprise is how aware I was of the fact that it is a Diary. It wasn't at all like the `realistic fiction' I imagined when I was younger. This I discovered quickly, and thus made me hang on every word.

Another thing I noticed early on was Anne's sense of humour, which I didn't expect. There were entries that not only made me smile, but if I was with someone, they'd notice I was somewhat amused, and I would then read them what I found funny.

"I was being discussed and they decided that I'm not completely stupid after all." - 21st September, 1942.

I'm aware of how odd, if not disrespectful, it may sound, laughing at the Diary, considering the situation they were in. But don't get me wrong, it wasn't laugh out loud funny. Anne wasn't telling a joke, she had a very subtle sense of humour that really wasn't obvious. You could see it was present though, in the way certain comments were worded.

"Mr. Van Daan used to be in the meat, sausage, and spice business.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most touching book ever written 14 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I found that this book was impossible to put down. I found myself befriending Anne Frank through her diary entries and I felt almost as if I had known her. The horror that Anne Frank went through is captivated in her diary so that we may all know the horror that comes with war. Unlike other books concerning this period in time, the story of Anne Frank does not need horrific pictures of concentration camp victims or unbeleivable statistics of those who were killed. Indeed, the very fact that Anne's inoccent life was taken away is enough to horrify ,at least me, more than any other book. The message that ordinary people, like you and me, were killed is emphasised through this book and in the way that we begin to think of Anne as a friend. This certainly must be one of the most influential books that I have ever read.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 7 Aug 2004
By Jessi VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
With an engaging combination of lively humour, teenage high spirits, adolescent angst and heart-wrenching despair at the terror that dominated her nights and days in a rickety Amsterdam warehouse, Anne Frank's diary is a living testimony to the senseless slaughter that took place in the Nazi concentration camps. Although she was an exceptionally gifted writer, in most respects she was just an ordinary teenage girl who was denied the chance of an ordinary teenage life. For me, this knowledge injected even the most humorous diary entries with a sense of sick irony - Anne is innocently hopeful throughout most of the book, but in the end she lost out. Her anguished cry, "Let the end come, even if it is hard!" came true, and sixty years later this harrowing quote speaks volumes, telling readers of the diary exactly how difficult conditions in the Secret Annexe were.
But in spite of this, Anne does not allow you to pity her. She is too lively, too quick-minded, too full of beans to tolerate that. Her personality and those of the seven people she shared a cramped attich with shine forth from the diary's pages.
The diary has special meaning for me as I am close to one of Anne and Margot's old friends, who unlike them returned alive. I am now the age Anne was when she died. Strangely, I too want to become a writer. Anyone who dares to dream about what they would like to do tomorrow should read this book.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! 10 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I didn't read this book when I was a teenager, like many do in school. Now, reading it for the first time in middle age, I wish I had read this many years ago! Moving, provoking, funny and painfully sad, all at the same time. The senseless murder of Anne brings to life the true barbarity of fascism in a accessable way. She wanted to be a writer after the war - on the basis of this dairy we can easily guess she would have been one of the best...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The diary of a young girl.
Enthralling,you feel through her writing that you are there with them in the annexe.a brilliant writer for one so young.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars moving
This book is such an example to human right and responsibilities Anne frank has left a legacy to which we need to keep alive for younger generations so they too can realise the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by JG
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Because my Mother was of the Cohen there is Jewish in me. I must say that Anne's Diary moved me no end. Read more
Published 15 days ago by philip jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and an emotional read...
everybody needs to read this book, we must never forget the atrocities that occurred! read it and then let your children read it...
Published 15 days ago by Daz Woolven
5.0 out of 5 stars hauntingly beautiful
Moving like no other book I've read, it made me speechless not only because of Anne's intelligence but because of humanity, even after everything that happened to her family, her... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Hanna
5.0 out of 5 stars So sad
I loved this booked that much i ended up going to amsterdam to anne franks house, very sad and interesting, book before you go to avoid queues :-)
Published 20 days ago by Rasdus
5.0 out of 5 stars very moving
I first read this book when I was at school and was really moved by it. I re-read it as I was going to Amsterdam and planned to visit the Anne Frank House. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Beanster
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
This is history, raw history that every people should read. This book invites you to the mind of a young Anne who endures the changes around her during Nazi occupation. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Locustbyte
4.0 out of 5 stars Anne frank
I think the book was gripping yet the translation had vocabulary that a 14 year old girl wouldn't use but the themes and idea were riveting
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Franke
Bought for my daughter who is hoping to visit the museum this year and wanted to be with all the knowledge she felt she should have.
Published 25 days ago by fiona sloan
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