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Don't buy this edition. It's heavily edited for infants
on 11 March 2013
I asked my daughter about Anne Frank's diary when she said she'd read it, I asked her what it was about and her reply surprised me. She said it was about how to get on with people. I expected her to tell me what i knew from general knowledge. 'It's about a Jewish girl, hiding from the Nazis'.
Years later, she's moved out and i see the book, still in her old bedroom, I consider her answer and decide to have a look, what inspired that answer.
I was moved by what I read. This was honesty, enthusiasm of a child. But it was an old copy (i shook my head at my daughter - it was from her old school library ...) there were front pages missing. I decided to order my own copy and chose this because I trust Penguin.
When it came, it was a let-down; it didn't have any of the warmth of the (PAN) edition that was my daughter's. I scribbled out bits of the intro - that contained I thought very history lesson stuff ... to cut a long story short, days, details episodes - are not in this edition that are in the edition my daughter read. Somebody has not just edited it - they've rewritten it. Blandly. It's not Anne Frank's diary, it's Anne Frank's diary when she grew up and became ... a marketing executive?