Annexed: The Powerful Story of the Boy Who Loved Anne Frank MP3 CD – Audiobook, 4 Oct 2010
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"While Annexed does not depend upon a prior reading of "The Diary of a Young Girl" for interest or understanding, readers of that book will appreciate the opportunity to see Anne Frank's story given a benefit it could not have: hindsight."--"The Horn Book", starred review
"Readers are enlightened and deeply moved....Annexed is a superb addition to the Holocaust literature, and should not be missed."--"School Library Journal", starred review
"Showing equal skill in bringing history to life and in capturing the spirit of a young man searching for his identity amid chaos, Dogar has written a novel as provocative as it is devastating."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review
"The lines between written record, educated guess, and fictional construct are fascinatingly blurred here. . .made all the more so when readers consider the role per
"While Annexed does not depend upon a prior reading of "The Diary of a Young Girl" for interest or understanding, readers of that book will appreciate the opportunity to see Anne Frank's story given a benefit it could not have: hindsight."--"The Horn Book," starred review
"Readers are enlightened and deeply moved....Annexed is a superb addition to the Holocaust literature, and should not be missed."--"School Library Journal," starred review
"Showing equal skill in bringing history to life and in capturing the spirit of a young man searching for his identity amid chaos, Dogar has written a novel as provocative as it is devastating."--"Publishers Weekly," starred review
"The lines between written record, educated guess, and fictional construct are fascinatingly blurred here. . .made all the more so when readers consider the role perspective, translation, and editing play in the written record. The book's skillful synthesis of all these facets should stimulate dis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A delicate, poised and scrupulous re-enactment." (The Guardian)
"A powerful and captivating story... told in intense, harrowing detail." (The Bookseller)
"Dogar's decision to write the novel from Peter's point of view is inspired. (His) story is complex and moving (and) his voice is eloquent." (The Irish Times)
"Oliver Wyman portrays a resentful 15-year-old Peter van Pels, who lives in Amsterdam in 1942. This novel is another of those based on Anne Frank’s diary. En route to meeting the Frank family in their secret annex, Peter is determined to see his girlfriend one last time. Instead he views his girlfriend’s family being taken away by the Nazis. When his family joins the Franks in the annex, he lurks in the shadows, feeling powerless and frightened. Wyman’s voice measures the way Peter has been robbed of his sense of self. The rest of the full cast plays the other annex residents, their tones and voices contrasting vividly with Peter’s sense of darkness―especially Anne Frank’s. Peter’s longing and her optimism give credibility to the two teens, who are united by uncertainty and growing feelings of mutual attraction and frustrated by a lack of privacy. Later, the cast’s haunting voices give a fuller depiction of Peter’s guilt, remorse, and despair at Mauthausen concentration camp." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For me, the major let down of this novel was the writing style and the 'voice' that Peter is given. It seems to rely too heavily on jaunty, basic dialogue and exchanges between 'characters' seem trivialised. I would love to have seen more of a development of Peter's thoughts- longer passages where the reader got to connect with him and have a greater insight into his thoughts and feelings while trapped in the annex. Despite the difficulty of the subject matter at hand I feel that the author's target audience could have handled a much more authentic engagement with the seriousness of the events of the time.
All in all an interesting idea but poorly executed and written at too basic a level for it's 'young adult' target audience.
The book is written from the point of view of Peter van Pels, the teenage son of the family in hiding with the Franks. It begins with Peter watching his (entirely fictional) girlfriend Liese and her family being rounded up and driven away. He can only stand in the road in despair. He makes his way reluctantly to the warehouse to join the Frank family - and his first impressions don't exactly fill him with joy... But slowly he adapts to life in the annexe, finds a new strength he didn't know he had, and begins an odd flirtation with livewire Anne.
This romantic element seems to be the main issue for many of the novel's detractors, but actually I found it quite subtle and entirely plausible. In such a confined space, with hormones raging and very little to engage their attention elsewhere, I found it completely believable that precocious young Anne could set her sights on Peter - and that he might feel extremely conflicted about it, but also tempted by her quick wit and cheerful charm. I occasionally found Peter's narrative a little self-conscious and slow, even manipulative at times, and it didn't have all the little details about daily life that made Anne's journal really come alive, but I still enjoyed it!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a nice story and well written. I feel this one is a must if you want to embrace the entire Anne Frank experience.Published 23 months ago by GDD
if you loved the anne frank diary this is perfect, if not better. it gives an alternative view on anne frank and puts it into perception. loved it and read it within 2 nights.Published on 30 Mar. 2013 by Leon.k
Interesting. However I was left with the uncomfortable feeling that the author started with an ingenious idea and then found it difficult to execute. Read morePublished on 19 April 2012 by sixty plus
This is a delicately and sensitively written novel of Peter van Pels, the teenage boy who spent two years hiding in the Amsterdam annexe with his family and the Franks. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2011 by S. Barnes
This book gives a beautiful, fascinating, fictional insight into a different viewpoint in the World of Anne Frank. Sharon Dogar has done a wonderful job.Published on 7 Sept. 2011 by K R W
Dogar imagines life within the hidden flat that housed Anne Frank and her family from the point of view from the boy she fell in love with, Peter van Pels. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2011 by Jo Bennie
Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank, the girl forced into hiding during World War Two by the Nazis. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2011 by TheBookAddictedGirl