Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Hardcover – 1 Jun 1993
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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 fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread "The Diary of a Young Girl," a testament to an indestructivle nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil."--"Chicago Tribune"
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
" The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne's dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions . . . There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread "The Diary of a Young Girl, " a testament to an indestructivle nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil." --"Chicago Tribune"
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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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 Annex" 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.See all Product Description
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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?
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.Read more ›
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.
I don't think I'm the only person alive that believes that the world is a poorer place without the talents of such gifted people like Anne, but we cant change the course of history, so lets hope we can learn the lesson of our past.
I'm not the type for travelling, but this diary has inspired me to visit Anne's 'secret Annex' to see first hand the place where she lived in isolation for so long. I've read many books in my time, but none have touched my heart as this one has.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super fast delivery.. 11 year old now half way through book and living it..Published 1 day ago by Mango
Excellent delivery was only a day! This book is a must have. An amazing read and insight into hers and her families life in hiding. Would highly recommend.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading this book and getting an insight into how Anne and the others lived while hiding in the annex. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tanya
I first read this book (in the original Dutch) in elementary school. I don’t recall much of my initial reaction, but I do remember thinking that the girl who wrote this sounded so... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jolanda Gelissen
Enlightening, humbling, sincere and sad. Truly memorable and emotional. It's heartbreaking that Anne and the others were very close to freedom.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Very sad but accurate and necessary reading. I loved to know more about Anne and all the Annex people, I felt like her friend. She was an amazing bright girl. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Samia Passos-Masih
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Reading it with my 12 year old daughter ( who knows the ending from school). This childs journey we are taken on, from freedom to incarceration and persecution, told through... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Miss Sophie M Weeks