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3.0 out of 5 stars ...but who did the editress think she was?, 26 May 2009
This review is from: The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition (Paperback)
If I only give it three stars, that's on account of the edition.
Yes, it is a book to evoke "pity and terror" and an amazing testimony to the young author's qualities of mind, soul, and spirit -- but who did those responsible for the so-called "definitive edition" think they were?
Anne Frank's bereaved father lovingly and delicately edited the diary as he thought best, to stand as a permanent memorial of his beloved lost daughter. It was HIS right to do - but no-one else's!
Could he have imagined that once he was dead, there would be a prurient rush, in the name of objective scholarship and disinterested research, to publish every passage he had seen fit to hold back?
Arrogance, - voyeurism,- utter disrespect and hypocrisy
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2010 18:45:20 GMT
Quite right- i didnt realize this is what they had done with this copy. I am astounded the publishers think this is OK.

Posted on 30 Mar 2010 18:27:52 BDT
Editress? Editress?? I wasn't aware that the action of editing a book was limited to men, so needing gender definition in this way. Is this 2010 or 1810?

Posted on 26 Jan 2012 08:35:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2012 08:36:18 GMT
Debbie Adams says:
I don't agree. If respecting the wishes of the dead was the only consideration there would be no full accounts of anything or anybody, we would be allowed to have access to only the selectively edited highlights of life, events and people.

I have no problem with the publication of the whole diary, it humanises the child who wrote it.

Posted on 20 Mar 2012 16:59:07 GMT
While I understand your point, I don't believe any of the newly published passages diminish the book's power in any way. However, I understand why they were omitted originally - and correctly so. These passages do not add a great deal of significance to a text which never missed them in the first place.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2013 15:19:40 BDT
To produce a text warts and all or to expurgate? Good grief, my school copy of My Family and Other Animal cut out the tortoise sex (which later became very useful when one of them started charging the other). Essentially, what do you think 13-15 girls think about?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2013 16:15:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Mar 2014 08:44:44 GMT
Plover S says:
"essentially, what do you think 13-15 girls think about?"

but don't you have to be a little creepy to want to read all about it?

Posted on 9 Jul 2014 21:35:22 BDT
Buddy says:
What a original book?? L.O.L!

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jul 2014 21:37:16 BDT
Buddy says:
Every few seconds someone dies, you durrhhh brain! stop being so obvious.
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