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Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 29, 2009
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Her story is particularly poignant, because she was a child, representative of the many others eventually brutally murdered. However, Prose portrays her as so exceptional in personal qualities that it diminishes in merit other victims (I hope not to be self-serving, but objective). The author characterizes her as a "literary genius" (p.69), a "prodigy" (p.131), her writing a "masterpiece" (p.69), "that the seeming artlessness of her style is an artistic achievement" (p.264). Could it be that her style was genuinely artless, unpretentious? It seems author Prose only weakens her credibility by such superlatives, when Anne Frank deserves a sober account of her tragic misfortune in order to be appreciated.
Author Prose heightens the reader's sense of insufficient reliability by describing young Anne (p.84) as "beautiful", as "photogenic", while readers are themselves enabled to make such a judgment. No doubt many will not see the child as beautiful and photogenic, unless every child can be so described. Rather, little Anne projects (as I see it) sweetness and innocence, which should arouse more sympathy than the preceding descriptions.
I don't want to fault author Prose too much, since she informs well in many aspects, as in calling attention to Nazi inhumanity in many forms, like the language they used.Read more ›
Anne Frank is divided into four sections: The Life, The Book, The Afterlife, and Anne Frank in the Schools. Prose recounts the events leading up to the Franks' decision to go into hiding. Otto Frank, his wife, Edith, and their two children, as well as four other people, stayed in the annex for two years and one month. They were helped immeasurably by a compassionate Dutch woman named Miep Gies, who did what she could to make the residents as comfortable as possible. Ultimately, however, someone betrayed them and they all perished, with the exception of Otto Frank. In part two, Prose recounts the genesis of the diary and provides details about Anne's revisions, Otto Frank's edits, the controversies that the diary generated, and its reception by the publishing industry.Read more ›
This is a book about the book --- a highly favorable critique of its remarkable content and style, and the story of how it came to be. Anne, as it is famously known, was the child of a prominent Dutch Jew, Otto Frank, who converted the attic of his small factory into a cramped hiding place for his family when the deportation of Jews began to take place during the Nazi regime. For two years, the small group woke up, interacted during the night, slept during the day, and successfully kept themselves from discovery with the help of Otto's trusted factory staff, who brought in supplies and maintained total secrecy. At some point, however, their ruse was discovered and the Nazis finally ripped the Frank family apart.
For the average teenage girl the confining conditions would have been intolerable, and had Anne not been a most unusual teenager, it easily could have been hell. But Anne's rare talent for writing helped her focus most of her time on composing the story of the everyday events she observed in the attic, along with her musings about love and war.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The extent to which this breathes some new perspectives into a well-loved classic is immense. For me, there were some very new thoughts about the girl and the times and the diary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A very good book that breaks down the book, Anne's life, and how the book became a play and movie are all detailed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Star Child
Very dry. Although touching on a serious subject the author didn't say much that you couldn't read on WikipediaPublished 16 months ago by Brenda Supplee
Francine Prose has created a thoughtful, well-researched and personal book about Anne Frank, her diary, and the world's reaction to this creation. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tim Field
Interesting for someone into Anne Frank, however there has to be a better means of discussing the versions of the Diary - it gets very confusing.Published 17 months ago by Lyn Maute
An extremely informative and well-written account of the people who influenced and affected Anne Frank. A terrific supplement to reading her diaryPublished 17 months ago by Louise Hirsch
It didn't hold my interest very well. I had expected to read more of the conditions of her hiding and how she got along.Published 17 months ago by Dorothy M. Brott