Diario de Ana Frank

ISBN: 9706660097
ISBN 13: 9789706660091
By: Anne Frank

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Miles de voces en todo el mundo se levantaron denunciando el terrible genocidio perpetrado por el nazismo hacia el pueblo judío. Pero hay pocos testimonios, como el que tan fuerte y perdurable nos legara en su diario Ana Frank, el cual inició a mediados de 1942 e interrumpió el 4 de agosto de 1944, día de su detención. Ana sufrió dos años de inquietud, angustia e intranquilidad, pero también dos años viviendo intensamente cada instante como si fuera el último.El Diario de Ana Frank, escrito por una niña de escasos 13 años, tiene el fin de evocar la imagen que se forjó de una amiga largamente esperada. No quiso limitarse a simples hechos, como tantos, sino que personificó a su amiga convirtiéndola en su diario, nombrándolo Kitty.

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يبدو غريبًا أن تحظى مراهقة مثل آن فرانك بكلّ هذه الضجة. والذي قرأ في سيرة حياتها، سيعرف أنها ماتت خلال شتاء 1944 – 1945 بالتيفوس وهي لم تكمل سن السادسة عشر. ماتت، ضمن سجناء أراضي لونبورغ في ألمانيا. لم تكن ذات تجربة عريقة يمكن أن تُساعد في صنعها ككاتبة.لم تكن سوى فتاة قررت في الثالثة عشرة من عمرها، أن تبدأ بكتابة يوميّات. دافعها الوحيد في شعورها القوّي هذا، أنها لم تكن تملك في يوم من الأيّام، صديق حقيقيّ. أرادت أن تعترف للعالم بما يُخالج أعماقها مرّة واحدة وإلى الأبد، هكذا كتبت: “لا يبدو أنني أفتقر إلى شيء إلا إلى الصديقة الحقيقيّة”.عندما تردد اسمها أمامي كثيرًا سعيت في معرفة ماذا كتبت، ولماذا؟ وإلى حدّ أرادت بيومياتها أن تصل؟ حينها رأيت أفلام سينمائيّة وأخرى وثائقيّة تتحدّث عنها وعن عائلتها بفخامة لم أعهد لها مثيل، شعرت وكأنما هناك من ينفخ في قصتها.رأي يقول: أن تلك الفتاة جسدت وثائق تتحدّث عن أشد سنوات العالم سودًا وحلكة، الحرب العالمية الثانيّة، والاجتياح الألمانيّ لهولندا حيث كانت تختبأ هي وعائلتها في امستردام بعيدًا عن أيدي النازية. ربما، من هُنا تبرز أهمية – آن – الشاهدة والكاتبة. لكنه لم يكن سببًا كافيًا بالنسبة لي. لذا عزمت على قراءة يومياتها المترجمة للعربيّة من مكتبة علاء الدين الإلكترونيّة وهي مكتبة بمؤلفات يهوديّة، ومازلت لا أعرف سبب ذلك.عندما بدأت بقراءة يومياتها، شعرت بإنّي أمام ثرثرة طويلة لمراهقة تصف أصدقائها بالتقزز والقذارة، كانت سطحيّة، وكنتُ سأتوقف، إذ أنه من غير المجدي الاستمرار في كتاب أعذب نفسي فيه! وكان من الممكن لحديثها لو استمر على تلك الوتيرة أن يجلب للمرء صداع لا خلاص منه. لكنّي لسبب ما، أكملت تلك القراءة إلى تلك اللحظة التي كتبت فيها: “يستطيع الورق أن يصبر أكثر من البشر”. توقفت عند عتبة هذه العبارة! حسنًا، ماذا يعني ل – آن – الصغيرة، إن باستطاعة الورق أن يصبر أكثر من البشر؟ ربما في تلك الفتاة أكثر مما أتوقع. أكملتُ وأنا أمسك بقولها المأثور ذاك، وكإنّي ارتبط بأحد وارصّ كلماته جيّدًا، رغبةً مني في تكوين رأي حولها.بينما اقرأ كانت آن الصغيرة تكبر بين أصابعي، كأنما، كلّما كبرت، ازداد عمق ما تكتب. شعرت في لحظات كثيرة، حاجتها للكتابة. قيل: أن آن قد سمعت في إذاعة لندن خطاب الوزير قريت بولكستين وأنهُ يرغب بجمع رسائل أو مذكرات لأشخاص عاشوا مصاعب الحرب، كانت قد عزمت على النشر، ومشاركة الجميع حياتهم السريّة، لذا قد أعادت تسمية من اقتسموا معها ومع عائلتها المخبأ بناءً على شخصيات قصة كانت قد قرأتها. المخبأ الذي أعده والدها آوتو قبل سنة من هروبهم، وحظيّ فيه بمساعدات من أصدقائه في المكتب.لم تكن السياسة موضوعًا اختياريًا بالنسبة لآن، كانت مُجبرة على الارتباط بما يقال في الراديو، وعن ماذا يمكن أن يتحدّث تشرتشل العزيز جدًا كما كانت تدعوه. مناجاة آن لله في تلك الأحوال، أظهر إيمانها جليًّا جدًا على الورق في مقاطع عميقة، كانت قد اشارت مرّة أن ما يحدث لها هو: امتحان من الله لها، ولصبرها. آمنت وسلمت بتلك الحقيقة. حينما كانت تفكر بالأشياء التي تحلم بالحصول عليها، يتبادر إلى ذهنها شعور الذنب حيال ما يحدث للأطفال في العالم، وكيف يمكن أن تكون ناكرة للجميل إلى هذا الحدّ؟ من شأن هذا الشعور أن يجعل المرء يتآكل في أعماقه.من هُنا تنبعث إنسانية آن الصغيرة، بالرغم من الاضطهاد الذي وقع على عائلتها، شعرت بالامتنان والشقاء معًا. يتبادر هذا السؤال الأزليّ: ما الإنسانيّة، إن لم تكن قادر التعاطف مع الألم الإنسانيّ، والشعور به؟ ما الإنسانيّة إن لم تكن، حجم اكتراثك بالآخرين؟من أهم تلك الأشياء التي قد اقتادتني للاستمرار في قراءة يوميات آن، هو الشعور بإنّي أمام تجربة وليست قطعة فنيّة. لا يسعك أن تفكر بعد أن تقرأ كل هذه الأمور من دون تقول: يا شقاء تلك الحياة! ربما هذا ما أوقد اهتمامي في تلك الرحلة. صبيحة كتابتي لهذه التدوينة، كنتُ قد قمتُ بعمل بغيض إرضاء للآخرين، بينما كنتُ أقوم بما يتطلبه العمل، طرأت آن فرانك وأفعالها المتكررة طوال سنتين كاملين وهي تقوم فيها بتقشير البطاطس، المشي على أطراف أصابعها كيلا يسمع من بالأسفل ما يجري في العليّة. هذا الحذر والتقيد المتواصل، الذي يُثير الرعب في أعماق النفس، كان دائم، بشكلٍ مُرهق.لاكمال التدوينة، هي هنا:http://www.ilex.cc/?p=122

Whitney

For her 13th birthday Anne Frank received a diary she dubbed Kitty. Shortly after her birthday with the fear that her older sister, Margo may be taken by the Nazis the Franks disappear into the night and go into hiding. It is through Kitty that Anne records her thoughts and daily life living behind a bookcase in the secret annex.When I was younger I went through a "holocaust" phase before moving on to Harriet Tubman and slavery. The funny thing is that Anne Frank's Diary was not the first Holocaust book I read, I think that was The Devil's Advocate. Anyway,I soon became fascinated by the Secret Annex and the secluded life she lived for two years. Unfortunately she and the other occupants of the Annex were betrayed and sent to concentration camps with only her father Otto Frank surviving. The tragic thing (not to minimize the inhumanity of it all) is that Anne died mere weeks before liberation. Anne's dream was to have her diary published after the war and after liberation her father saw that happen, making Kitty a time capsule to an unfathomable past. View all my reviews on my blog She is too fond of books

David

While her story is sad, the naked Emperor cult around this book is unmerited.The key quotation about people being basically good at heart is absurd in the light of the story, and from a theological perspective, just plain wrong.

mai ahmd

آن فرانك هي طفلة يهودية من أصل ألماني عاشت في زمن ألمانيا النازية ارتحل والدها أوتو فرانك لهولندا معتقدا أنه سيجد الأمان من إضطهاد النازية لكن الظروف ساءت حين غزت ألمانيا هولندا واضطرت الأسرة للإختباء مع عوائل يهودية أخرى في ملحق لمكتب والدها وفي هذه المذكرات تكتب آن يومياتها في تلك الفترة التي حاصرهم بها الخوف المذكرات لا تقتصر على الحالة النفسية التي عاشتها آن تحت وطأة ذلك الخوف وفي ظل الظروف القاسية ولكنها تبدو رحلة تحول للكثير من الإنفعالات والتقلبات التي تمر بها أية مراهقة غير أن ظروف الحصار جعلت تلك الإنفعالات مختلفة حادة أحيانا وقاسية على من عاشوا معها وحنونة في أحيان أخرى شاعرة بالذنب وراغبة في الحب والتفهم لمشاعر من حولها .. عاشت آن قصة حب مراهقة لفتى جمعتها به ظروف الحصار وفي صفحات كثيرة كانت آن تحكي مشاعرها تجاه بيتر وهي مترددة ما بين أن تكون تلك العلاقة هي صداقة أم علاقة حب .. في نفس الوقت عانت آن من استصغار من حولها لها على أساس إنها طفلة لذلك كانت كثيرا ما تشتكي من عدم تفهم الكبار لمشاعرها خاصة وهي تعاني من عدم القدرة على التواصل مع والدتها للدرجة التي كانت تشعر إنها قادرة على الإستغناء عنها أمور كثيرة كتبت عنها آن أهمها ما عاناه اليهود خلال تلك الفترة من الغزو الألماني ووطأة الجوع ربما قد تهون في ظل أن تكون لصيقا بأناس غريبين عنك عاجزين عن فهمك وذلك في فترة تقارب الثلاث سنوات وفي ملحق لم تخرج منه آن أبدا إلا لحتفها تتوقف آن عن الكتابة فجأة بعد خيانة من أحدهم وكل من كان معها في الملحق سيق لمصيره رحلّت آن إلى أحد المعسكرات النازية وماتت بمرض التيفوس بعد وفاة شقيقتهاأصبح ذلك الملحق مزارا للسياح يجب أن أذكر إنني كثيرا ما شككت في وجود شخصية آن على الرغم من أنني شاهدت صورها ولا أدري لماذا !

Devon

I've read so many books about the Holocaust, particularly the ones aimed toward young (mostly adolescent) readers. I own a huge collection and I re-read them frequently. I've owned The Diary of a Young Girl for YEARS (so long that the inside cover has turned yellow) but I've never read it until now.I'm so glad I waited to read it. I don't think I would have appreciated it as much when I was younger (I would've thought it was boring.) But now I'm able to appreciate it for what it is: A breathtakingly beautiful diary of a young woman who had a huge talent for writing and a depth of emotions that are painful and familiar.Anne Frank's diary is not a famous book because of plot. There is none. It's her diary. The book is famous, and deservedly so, for the way she wrote. Every word in the diary is so honest. The reader is able to see Anne grow up from a happy thirteen year old enjoying boyfriends and bike riding in Amsterdam, to a lonely fifteen year old whose physical existence was confined to a few small rooms and a few people who couldn't understand her - but whose emotional and mental existence was almost omniscient, noticing and feeling everything.I came so close to crying after finishing this book - and I've only ever cried reading one book before in my life. Although Anne Frank lived for two years in hiding she still ended up in Auschwitz, survived Auschwitz, and died of typhus in another camp...but despite all that she managed to live her dream: she became a famous author who has touched the lives of millions upon millions of people.

mirela Darau

Beautiful style, beatiful story! I many times forgot it was written by a 14-yeaer old, on the other hand remembered many of my thoughts and inner life of that time. Indeed, a teenager lives deeper than adults normally imagine. I hope to keep that in mind for some time now...Especially enjoyed the dynamics of the book and the intertwinements of inner emotions and thoughts, daily activities, war facts, description of the place, encounters and facts about the other people she came in contact with.I liked her humour and very visual comparisonsMrs. Van Daan was scarlet by this time, Mummy calm and cool as a cucumber. pg 39 I'm gradually getting to know all the women at a glance[..]. Their faces either look grim or kind - depending on their husnabds' dispositions. pg 61 - enjoyed her words of wisdom, and observation of the world.Kitty, I'm just like someone in love who can only talk about her darling. And Peter is a darling. pg 142And in the evening when I lie down and end my prayers with the words, "I thank you, God, for all that is good and dear and beautiful," I am filled with joy. Then I think about "the good" of going into hiding, of my health and with my whole being of the "dearness" of Peter [..] and of "the beauty" which exists in the world; the world, nature, beauty and all, all that is exquisite and fine. pg 145-146I found it difficult to answer all Mummy's questons and think of some little excuse to tell Daddy as an explanation for my long sleep. I resorted to a "headache", which wasn't a lie, as I had one... but inside! pg 147Is there anything more beautiful in the world than to sit before an open window and enjoy nature, to listen to the birds singing, feel the sun on your cheeks and have a darling boy in your arms? It is so soothing and peaceful to feel his arms around me, to know that he is close by and yet to remain silent, it can't be bad, for this tranquillity is good. Wednesday 19th April 1944 Quite honestly, I can't imagine how anyone can say: "I'm weak," and then remain so. After all, if you know it, why not fight against it, why not try to train your character? The answer was: "Because it's so much easier not to!" This reply rather discouraged me. Easy? Does that mean that a lazy deceitful life is an easy life? Oh no, that can't be true, people can so easily be tempted by slackness ... and by money. pg 211As an overall, I loved it!

Monica Edinger

** spoiler alert ** I'm the daughter of German Jews. My mother's family came from Berlin and my father's from Frankfurt. Yes, the same Frankfurt as the Franks. They were a very old German family --- there is still an Edinger Institut at the University begun by my great grandfather, and Edinger Strasse, and other vestiges of my family's existence there. Moreover I still have relatives in Germany, those who came from lines where people had converted. Anyway, my father (whose father did not leave Germany and was eventually deported and killed) became an academic specialist in German politics and I spent several years of my childhood in Germany. One year was 7th grade. Before we left my father's mother gave me Anne Frank's diary and a diary. Later, upon visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and seeing her original diary, I realized that mine was just like hers. I mean, just like. Clearly my grandmother had given me one she had bought in Frankfurt and Anne's must have also been from Frankfurt, bought around the same time. They are identical other than a difference in coloringBut the diary was what woke me up to the Holocaust as well as to what it was to be a teenager. Anne's voice still echoes in my mind these many years later.

Nikki Nielsen

When I read The Diary of Anne Frank for the first time, I identified with her at every turn. I felt her emotions, I understood the plight she had with her mother. Funny how this time around (decades later) I identify more with her mother. As children we expect our parents to be perfect. As parents we keep the secret that we are still children, just older.'Friday 20 November, 1942None of us really knows how to take it all. The news about the Jews had not really penetrated through to us until now, and we thought it best to remain as cheerful as possible. Every now and then, when Miep lets out something about what has happened to a friend, Mummy nad Mrs. Van Daan always begin to cry, so Miep thinks it better not to tell us any more. But Dussel was immediately plied with questions from all sides, and the storiea he told us were so gruesome and dreadful that one can't get them out of one's mind.Yet we shall still have our jokes and tease each other, when these horrors have fasded a bit in our minds. It won't do us any good, or help those outside, to go on being as gloomy as we are at the moment. And what would be the object of making our "Secret Annexe" into a "Secrete Annexe of Gloom"? 'If a 13 year old girl can keep a good attitude and look on the 'bright side' of the holocaust after being forced into hiding, then I can surely look on the brighter side of things every day of my comparably easy life.

Apatt

Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is one of those books that I have heard of since I was a wee lad and never got around to reading until now that I am no longer a lad (but still rather wee in stature). A few weeks ago I was looking at one of those “Books to Read Before you Die” lists (I forget which one, there are so many such lists) and Anne Frank’s “Diary” is featured quite prominently. It reminded me that if I were to be hit by a meteorite or some such personal calamity as I go foraging for lunch I will have missed reading this book and in spite of having it in my TBR for years. So I read it.I am assuming that the 1995 translation by Susan Massotty from Dutch to English is an accurate one as there is no mention of it being poorly translated in the online resources (Wikipedia etc). Under this assumption it is interesting how Anne’s narrative sounds rather like something written by an average teenager at the beginning of the book and progressively become more thoughtful, philosophical and even profound towards the end. This is remarkable because the diary only spans just under couple of years (1942-1944). Her prose is very easy to read, the ordinariness of the language and much of her thoughts belies the fact that this is probably the most famous diary ever written and it follows that Anne must have been an extraordinary girl. Most of the diary is a depiction of Anne’s day to day life among the seven other people she was in hiding with in a secret annex behind a company’s building in Amsterdam. Some of the diary’s entries are more interesting than others. Anne starts off sounding giddy and perky then as the months in hiding drag on and on she becomes angsty, sad, afraid and miserable. Towards the end of the book she becomes happier as she falls in love with a boy in her group of fugitives and the tide of war turns against the Nazis.The book made me feel a little claustrophobic at times as Anne’s group of eight fugitives is stuck in the annex. Her depiction of air raids and burglary is vivid and frightening. As time goes by Anne’s circumstances begin to worsen, food becomes scarce and relationships within the group begin to deteriorate. The book does become a little repetitious at times but then this is not a work of fiction and life is repetitious, especially under the circumstances Anne was living in where life tends to be either static and boring or alarming and frightening. This being non-fiction and I had no idea where the book was going, though from the preface I already knew it would not end well for Anne and was kind of dreading the end of the book. In a novel you would usually get some kind of foreboding passages from the author but in real life momentous things can happen very suddenly. So I was reading this diary until it suddenly ended without any kind of signing off from the author. It felt as if the Gestapo suddenly showed up to arrest Anne in mid sentence. That is the most frightening part of the book for me, the stoppage that came out of nowhere. The Afterward (not written by Anne) is truly shocking and heartbreaking. So much so that I doubt I can ever bring myself to reread this book.My audiobook edition (cheap if you buy the Kindle edition first) is read by American actress Selma Blair, I remember her well from the movies Cruel Intentions and Hellboy. Initially I felt that I would have preferred a British narrator, someone like Kate Winslet perhaps; obviously there is no good reason for this as Anne was neither British nor American. However, Ms. Blair did a good job and soon she was the voice of Anne Frank for me.Definitely a five stars book but I am not sure how heartily I can recommend it as it makes me kind of maudlin. Poor Anne, she deserved better.

Christopher

This is a perfect storm of heartbreaking literature. It's what you get when you throw an average (albeit unusually clever) girl into the most terrible circumstances this bloody world has seen in recent history.It's a very unusual document in the field of Holocaust literature. For one thing, there are no gas ovens or train cars crammed with bodies. There's very little suspense and it's filled with quiet moments of happiness. Whereas most Holocaust memoirs are permeated by death, Anne Frank's diary documents the budding of a precious life. Our heroine experiences her first kiss, her sexuality awakens, she looks forward to things this world will teach her. It's an oddly optimistic tale of one of the darkest periods of history.Anne was a very perceptive young woman and it is our fortune that she was a great writer, even at thirteen years old. She realized that the Annex in which she and her family lived was a small bubble surrounded by death: "I see the eight of us in the Annex as if we were a patch of blue sky surrounded by menacing black clouds. . . . [They loom] before us like an impenetrable wall, trying to crush us, but not yet able to. I can only cry out and implore, “Oh ring, ring, open wide and let us out!”Of course, Anne died. She and her family were carted off and everyone but her father was killed or died from disease in concentration camps. But all of that is extrinsic to this diary. What we are left with is a perfectly intimate record of youth—so perfect that it is hard to believe it is a real diary written by a real girl—which is enriched, both in spite of and in virtue of, its historical context.

Alia

When I was in Amsterdam last April I went to see the attic space that Anne Frank's family lived in, and became interested in reading her diary again. I read it when I was in grade school, and our tour guide Stephen told us that recently an un-edited version had been released. This version included many negative descriptions of her parents and other house-mates as well as entries dealing with her sexuality. After all, this is the diary of an adolescent girl but I was amazed with how outspoken and strong willed this 14 year old was. She was very aware of herself and how others saw her. She was able to clearly state her thoughts and feelings in her entries. I read my old journals wishing they were half as interesting and articulate as hers.

Alejandro

Maybe the first thing that most people would get shocked is that I rate with only 3 stars one of the best selling books of the 20th century (and now 21st century too) and even more, a book about the Holocaust.First thing that I learned about this book is honesty.Anne Frank teaches us all about honesty, about telling what you really think, and so I am doing the same.For starters, I wonder how many people really, I mean REALLY read the book, because to rate with 5 stars a famous book that everybody tells you that it's a book that all people should read, and then they got in this commnunity for readers and maybe they feel the compromise to make the rest to think that you really read the book.If not the case, hey, I don't see why anyone can be offended by this comment, and it's true, I don't see either anyone who will complain, since to me it would be only a defense mechanism behind their own guilt of really not reading the book but making the rest that they did. I didn't think about this scenario but commenting about other thing with a reader friend, that thought stuck in my mind.I invested so much time in that because, one has to be honest, the book is tedious since it's not really a novel, it's a collection of diary writings without a coherent line of constructing a story, even you need editors' further notes to know what happened to the people in the Secret Annex since obviously, Anne was unable to tell the final events.So, since it's so tedious, I wouldn't be surprised that some reader tried to read it but at the end they just rated with 5 stars to denote that they are "cultured" readers that they appreciate the book as one of the most important books of the 20th century.Between the passages, you learn a lot of things. The first thing that surprised me it's how this diary collection that it was written in the 40's, in Holland, by a teenage girl, almost anybody can relate to the comments and you don't feel them as outdated.Sometimes if you read an "old" book, you sensed the outdated of the prose, selection of words, etc... but here I didn't feel it. This diary could be easily being written in present time and I don't think that it would change at all. I think that it was one of its strengths since I am sure that it will be as relevant for many more time.Other thing that surprised me a lot was how much Anne Frank (and by association, the rest of the group in the Secret Annex) were informed about the events in the war, I know, they had a radio, but from stuff that I had read about WWII, there were certain elements of the information that people weren't aware.I mean, at many moments, they denote a certainty that Jewish people were murdered in the extermination camps, of course if you call them "extermination camps", of course you know that people got killed there, but that's a term used by me, now, they called them labor camps, and so far I read, Jewish people really thought that they will receive "baths" when they were really gassed or burned to death, and it's kinda logical thing since if they were so certained about their deaths, there would be riots on the ghettos to flee in mass and they wouldn't march without protest to the gas chambers and the ovens. Even, Allied forces used espionage methods to know from Nazi prisoners what was happening to the Jewish people on the camps.Anyway, also, there are elements like the assasination attempt to Hitler that they were aware that it was made by their own generals. I don't think that kind of stuff would be informed so easily since it was a clear fact of how divided was the opinions of the high ranking staff of the Third Reich.I am not saying that the diary is not authentic as some dumb people commented that the Holocaust didn't happen.The Holocaust happened.It was real and we never forget that to avoid that it would happen again. I am just commenting that surprised me how well they were informed about key sensitive info of war events taking in account that they were a bunch of people living hidden for like 3 years in an isolated annex of a building. I know, they got visits by the people that helped them but even so. I am not questioning its authenticity, just expressing my surprise when I read it. There were other things here and there that I was surprised by the use of terms like "diet: low fat", geez! I didn't know that in the 1940's they used terms like that in the 1980's were like the rush of "healthy food", but again, I supposed it's the effect that stuff that we think are new, they are just recycled and labeled as "new".I am amazed that this book is banned in some schools, okay, there are comments relating to sex and sexual preferences, but so what? If a teenage girl from the 1940's can think about stuff like that while she was isolated with a war outside, don't you think that teenagers of today can think just the same? I think that books like this one can help them to know that they are not alone, that they are not weird for thinking things like that, that was normal in the 1940s and it's normal now too.I was amazed that the group tried to "live normal", I mean, kids making school work and so. I think that in such extraordinary circumstances, they needed to do extraordinary things like to make circles and to talk in group and hearing all about topics. I mean, they were like trapped and living together, really too close in the sense of physical space and yet, nobody cares about what Anne thinks or what she has to offer? Geez! Sure, they need to be really still and in silence, usually at day, but they should like making a "tribe", I don't know, I am babbling, but to try to live like regular families was evidently wrong for the sanity of their interrelationships.What didn't surprised me were behaviors like trying to hide food or keeping money from the group. In times where the group work were essential to survive, the human selfishness risen as a second nature.Resumming, I just want to explain that my rating is based on my "entertaining" experience while reading the book and the format of the book itself.And this didn't have to do with my respect for the subject of the Holocaust and its terrible events.

Madeline

The thing that amazes me the most about this book is what an amazingly talented writer Anne was. Seriously, she started her diary when she was thirteen, and her writing is better than some famous modern authors I could name. *coughStephanie Meyercough* Anne was already writing like a sensitive, intelligent adult by the time she was fifteen. If she had lived, and continued writing, there is no doubt in my mind that she would now be considered one of the best authors of her time.

Pollopicu

I'm really surprised by the number of people who thought this book was boring. I could understand how an adult man might find the musings of a young girl rather dull, but how can people in general not find this journal utterly fascinating? Here is a teenage girl who up until the end wrote with the same emotional consistency as when she began. Whoever thinks this books is boring is because they simply fail to realize, or even imagine the conditions in which this diary was written under. To think how this young girls personal life continued beyond the details of the war is rather remarkable. What would anyone else have written about in their diary as young boy or girl in the same predicament as the Franks? Anne is surprisingly strong and mature for her age, impressively intelligent, and although there was a World War going on, her own particular world never abated. Her personal life was just as important, if not necessary in order for her to survive the day to day living conditions at the Annex.Yes, there were brief moments of panic, but she had to live life, even if her living space was limited. She carried on as if being in hiding was a mere temporary inconvenience. She wasn't going to let that rob of her of her right to claim her passage into womanhood..her God given right to experience puberty, moodiness, emotions, and even love. Here I thought I was about to read the semi-interesting scribbles of a blooming young lady, with ambiguous references to the war. But there is nothing cryptic about her diary. She shoots straight from the hip in this incredibly and shockingly honest account of what life was like for her and her family living in hiding during the WW. It's not what I expected. I expected something rather tame, but it's far from it. This young girl was very interesting and quite special. You can't read this journal and think it's just an ordinary diary of a young girl, because it's not. Anne's diary is a representation of how other Jewish families lived and coped during the Nazi war. That's really powerful. Many people don't realize how fortunate we are (thanks to Anne Frank, her Father Otto Frank and Miep Gies) to have some insight on how it must have been for the Jews to coexist this way. Because of Anne, we can have some sort of idea of how it was like to live under floorboards, in between walls, and behind bookshelves. This diary humanizes and brings back to life the Jewish people who mysteriously disappeared but who had not yet died. I love this diary and I'm so grateful to have read it.It must have been extremely difficult for her father Otto Frank, to read his daughters diary after her death.

Alex

The problem with Diary of a Young Girl is that it's the diary of a young girl, and young girls, as you may remember from when you were one, or spent all your time trying to make out with one, are awful. It's like 300 pages straight of "No one understands me!" Ugh.I suppose the reason this made it on to so many high school curricula is that young people might relate to it, and I suppose some of them did - but this doesn't depict the horrors of the Holocaust. It depicts the boredom of being locked in an attic for two years. And Frank is very bright, but not bright enough to make great reading out of a young girl's diary.Thumbs up for the hot girl on girl action (which you may have missed if you didn't read the unexpurgated version - I'm not kidding about this, Anne Frank totally made out with a chick), but in the pantheon of literature about being locked in an attic, Flowers in the Attic is still the gold standard.

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