Book: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Author: Anne Frank Publisher: Listening Library (Audio) Date: May 25, 2010) Genre: Memoir; historical non-fiction Pages: audio Price: prices vary according to what format you want My Rating: raw, real, tragic
I “read” this book through Audible.com and enjoyed listening to Selma Blair’s reading of it. Her voice and tone made it believable as that of a young girl.
Anne Frank was a writer, not officially, but a very good one who knew how to express herself well through the written word. Anne shared everything that was going through her teenage mind, all her worries, hopes, frustrations, desires, fears, imaginings. She was a young girl struggling with her emotions in an abnormal way of living, while trying to be brave and making plans for her uncertain future. Anne’s relating of all she and the seven others in hiding with her had to deal with to survive for over two years in a small space was well recorded in what was, at first, to be a private diary. Of course, it would quickly become a stressful situation for them with many different personalities trying to share together. It was a horrible time for them, never sure they were going to be safe until the end of the war or if they would be found out. Unfortunately, it was the latter.
Imagine living in a few rooms with seven other people, both male and female, and not having a toilet that always worked, not being able to flush or run water or play music after a certain time each day because of the fear of being heard. Imagine outgrowing the clothes you were able to bring with you, or them wearing out, and having to make do because you can’t possibly go out to buy more. Imagine the few people knowing where you are risking their own lives to help you survive. Imagine being able to peek outside but never go out, and living in an attic space in the heat of summer without air conditioning. Imagine your food supply running out or rotting – and eating what you can of it anyway – or there being so little left you have hardly enough for everyone until more can be sneaked to you. Imagine being afraid and suspicious every time you hear a sudden loud noise; hearing bombers flying over; afraid the burglars who, at night are breaking into seemingly empty buildings, will discover you by accident. Imagine … life during a war, having to hide from almost everyone, including friends.
In her diary, Anne Frank expressed her thoughts regarding everything from her annoyances over petty things, to her hatred of her mother, to her sexuality – graphic descriptions included. That last point makes this unabridged version not as much one for young readers unless approved by parents.
Anne’s diary ended abruptly, as – with no warning – her short life again changed drastically. If you want to know what it was like for Jews (and others) having to be in hiding during World War II, this book gives much detail of life from the inside of that.
You can find Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl on my BUY THE BOOK! page.
Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings! 🙂
This is a book everyone should read. As relevant today as when it was written. I want to go to Amsterdam and visit the house they hid in. Apparently it is a very moving experience. Thanks for reviewing this book.
Darlene, I agree, everyone should read some version of it. When we were in Holland with Dad (WWII Veterans’ visit) in 2005, it would have been interesting to visit that house, but it wasn’t on the schedule. I’m sure it would have been a very emotional experience for me. I hope you get to visit there and tell us all about it.
If anything, I want to read the abridged book. 🙂
And I think you should, Erik. I’m sure it will be meaningful to you; most certainly educational. 🙂
I read the original mass market book as a child, and later bought the large book full of collected pictures of Anne and her family, and friends. The diary itself actually was actually an easier read. I loved the part about the pretend date, which is what made ‘imagining’ her and her sister ‘holding on to each other’ trying to survive in the concentration camp so hard to read. Gosh… that story touched me to the core. It did then and still does today. Yes, it is a very relevant read today. It provides a great lesson on humanity.
Welcome to my blog, RYCJ! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Perhaps my choice of ‘reading’ this book via audible cheated me out of the more personal with pictures of Anne and family. However, I am glad I ‘read’ it as I believe it – at least the abridged version – should be required reading at some point in school. It IS a very touching true story.