Anne Frank's Tales from the Secret Annex: Including Her Unfinished Novel Cady's Life Mass Market Paperback – 4 Mar 2003
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Known worldwide for her Diary, Anne Frank's TALES FROM THE SECRET ANNEXE were written at the same time with the same humour, honesty and wisdom, and are an essential part of her legacy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The candid, poignant, unforgettable writing of the young girl whose own life story has become an everlasting source of courage and inspiration.
Hiding from the Nazis in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building in Amsterdam, a thirteen-year-old girl named Anne Frank became a writer. The now famous diary of her private life and thoughts reveals only part of Anne's story, however. This book rounds out the portrait of this remarkable and talented young author.
Newly translated, complete, and restored to the original order in which Anne herself wrote them in her notebook, Tales from the Secret Annex is a collection of Anne Frank's lesser-known writings: short stories, fables, personal reminiscences, and an unfinished novel, Cady's Life.
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It shows what a phenomenal young writer she was , and hints what a great author she may have been had she been allowed to live.
The book consists of fables and short stories as well as personal reminiscenses and essays.
They range from 'Kitty' - Anne's reflections on the blonde little girl next door , to beautiful fairy tales (which remind me a bit of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales) like 'The Wise Old Dwarf' and 'The Fairy'-all have a wonderful lesson enclosed within.
'Paula's Plane Trip' and 'Cady's Life' focus on the adventures of young girls during wartime , the latter touching on the holocaust which later swallowed up Anne's young life.
A constant theme in the book is Anne's conviction that relaxing and connecting with nature , can ease one's mind from any difficulties.
In 'Personal Remininscinces and Essays' Anne Frank lets us know a little bit more about life in the little house where she and other Jews hid for some years from Nazi terror.
In a particularly poignant passage , she remarks that after the war , she would get together photos of the people in the house, which is why she spent so little time on physical description of the house's inhabitants. Anne was confident she would survive the war , and recontinue her life.
A remarkable testament to the wonderful life of a child whose life was cut so short.
My only criticism of the book is that about 1/5 of it can be found in most recent editions of Anne's diary, meaning that those familiar with her diary will find themselves skipping various parts of the book. Otherwise, it is an excellent display of the writings of a mature, sensible young lady.
The best part in Anne Frank's tales come with the diary monologue called Give. It is a deeply moving piece written by a teenage girl, yet it reads like something a person in their thirties would have composed. Dealing with the issue of equality between us all (even though Anne Frank does not use the word), it is a fair account into a child's mind who is psychologically years ahead of any normal youngster.
Her writing style is likewise something incredible to look upon and read. She might not be the Charles Dickens or Jane Austen of her time, but if we can imagine for one moment the reverse realism that Anne Frank had survived the Nazi Death Camps and returned home with her father, Otto Frank, then I assume she would have become one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.
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A book of short stories written by Anne Frank, all fiction, but nether the less shows what a great childrens author Anne could of been.Published 17 months ago by Kevin Stuart Barnbrook
Fascinating insights into the mind of a young lass; full of dreams and full of promise for the future - a future so cruelly stolen by the sick monsters of Hitler's Germany.Published on 30 July 2014 by Brian Pears
I found this book moving and saddening as it made me wonder what talent was lost because of one mans crazynessPublished on 22 Nov. 2013 by Mrs A D N Warents