Genre: Non fiction, Classics, History, Biography, Memoir
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 Annexe” 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.
Pretty much everyone knows the story of Anne Frank and this is certainly not my first time reading this book. However I recently visited the Anne Frank house so have a new appreciation for this book and her story.
I find it really hard to review these kind of stories because this was her life, she didn’t make any of it up, there is no analysing the parts of the story of where the plot could be improved as you can’t improve reality.
The book is spread over 2 years, during this time Anne is in hiding and lives every day terrified that someone should hear her or one of the others in the secret annexe. Although this isn’t what some people would describe as a “riveting” story, it is still an incredibly interesting read. There aren’t any action points, nothing has been accentuated to make the story more fun. It is literally just a diary about a young girl living in hiding and the various struggles that they go through. From things such as food or not using the lavatory during certain times, Anne leaves nothing out.
This is one of the only books (that I know of anyway) that really describes what it was like during that time. Anne writes in a way that really makes the reader sympathise with what they are going through. Admittedly in some places the story is a little dull but what can you expect from a diary of someone who hasn’t left the house in over 2 years? There are only so many things they can talk about before you just run out of things to say.
This book is something that I think everyone should read, it gives you a new appreciation for life and allows a unique view into the world during the war from a perspective of a Jew. I would definitely recommend it. Also I would recommend that if you are visiting Amsterdam you should definitely visit the Anne Frank house, you do have to pay to get in and I would recommend booking in advance however it is worth a visit, especially if you loved this book! Although I had read the book before after visiting the house I could picture where things happened, it wasn’t just a story to me any more. By visiting the house it all became so real and gave me a new appreciation for what Anne and her family went through. The annexe is not very big so it is amazing that 8 people can live in there for 2 years!
Summing up: A must read for everyone