Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Book Review--> Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Title and Author: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Print Length: 354 Pages
Publication Date: 1947
Language: Dutch (translated in English and all major languages in the world)
Genre: Diary, Autobiography, Classic, Inspirational

Book Review:
As the name suggests, the book was, in fact, a diary written by a thirteen year old Jewish girl, Anne, while she was in hiding with her family from the Nazis during the Second World War. Anne had been gifted this diary on her thirteenth birthday and in it she wrote her thoughts and daily life experiences while she and her family were hidden in the cramped annex of their company office until their discovery two years later. A touching and an eye opening account of their days spent in the annex with meager facilities, no outside contact and the constant fear of discovery is very innocently described in Anne’s diary. Thoughtful, touching and sometimes also amusing, her account offers a commentary of Anne’s courage, vulnerability, fear and also her hope and dream of a better future which was tragically cut short with her capture by the Nazis.


An informal journal by a little girl, Anne’s diary has since become a major piece of historical importance that presents an unbiased and unhampered picture of the times of the Nazi regime. The sad and grim circumstances that forced an affluent Jewish family to leave their home and go into hiding are beautifully described. The inhuman and often cruel treatment of the Jews by the Nazis and the social circumstances of those times are truthfully narrated which help us empathize and imagine the plight of the Jews at that time.

The diary is written in the first person where Anne calls it “Kitty” and addresses her entries to it. Told from the point of view of a small girl, the writing is simple and straightforward giving us an insight into the thought process of Anne who dreamed of peaceful times and like any other girl her age, of boys.

A very moving book, I could relate to Anne who doesn't sometimes understand the purpose of all that is happening around her. Never having witnessed and lived in war like times, I can’t fully understand all that she went through but the whole experience left me thankful of the peace that we have. The atrocities and inhuman treatment of the Jews was so shocking and I just couldn't make myself come to terms with the fact that any human could be so cruel with another human. Very mature and an intelligent girl, Anne had the right to live and make her dreams come true but she was denied that and this was something that saddens and angers. Futile bloodshed which can never be justified left so many people denied life and happiness. 

“Although I'm only fourteen, I know quite well what I want, I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child, I feel quite independent of anyone.”   

I laughed, cried and prayed along with Anne while reading this book and although I knew how the book ended yet I fervently hoped for the end to be just like the one Anne had dreamed about. She was hopeful till the end and saw the best in everyone.

“Where there's hope, there's life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”   

“It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”   

A must read for everyone, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is an eye opening account of the destruction, pain and misery afflicted on thousands just on the whim of one person. A book that is definitely a priced entry for any reader's must have book collection, I give Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl a 4.5 out of 5 and highly recommend that you go read this perspective changing book.

“I wish to go on living even after my death.”  - Anne Frank 

Anne Frank still lives on in the hearts of millions of readers who read her diary and get to know a girl who lived bravely and died bravely.

“I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”   

“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?”   

“The weak die out and the strong will survive, and will live on forever”   

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