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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1993
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
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“One of the most moving personal documents to come out of World War II.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The new edition reveals a new depth to Anne’s dreams, irritations, hardship, and passions. . . . There may be no better way to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the end of World War II than to reread The Diary of a Young Girl, a testament to an indestructible nobility of spirit in the face of pure evil.”—Chicago Tribune
“The single most compelling personal account of the Holocaust . . . remains astonishing and excruciating.”—The New York Times Book Review
“How brilliantly Anne Frank captures the self-conscious alienation and naïve self-absorption of adolescence.”—Newsday
- Lexile Measure : 1020L
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 283 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780553296983
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553296983
- Product Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
- Publisher : Bantam; Reissue Edition (June 1, 1993)
- Reading level : 10 - 13 years
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0553296981
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonderful book, the like of which I haven't seen elsewhere. So many wonderful passages, insights into life such as you rarely find anywhere. Anne's ruminations captured here were for herself, from the heart. Writing this helped so much in making her life tolerable during this very difficult period in her life. Toward the end, I found it difficult to plow to the end, knowing that she tragically did not survive. However, she was unaware that their arrest was imminent, so the unfortunate ending is not implicit in Anne's writing. She just may as well have survived and gone on to have the wonderful life and career she very much deserved. I have read a lot about WW II, but this book succeeded in doing what all the other readings did not for me -- it made me feel that I was living through it myself.
Did NOT approve of the sexual content, not a good read for 12 or below.
Some lesbian talk which completely shocked me. *****SPOILER ALERT: anne talks about wanting to touch her girlfriends breasts, and kissing her. Talk about longing to have a girlfriend. And how she always wondered why her girlfriend kept her body hidden from her. She talked about how she was interested in sex, and her and her friend peter talk about sex alot. They talk about male and female nudes and she describes what a female private looks like to him. Her and peter kiss many times and anne feels bad for doing it behind her parents backs, but continues to do it:******SPOILER END.
Other people might not think if that as a big deal, but I do, bigtime.
Other than that it was a good read.
I give this book 4 stars because if the sexual content.
So I have been telling my daughter about this book. She was excited to know we could order it, especially having family directly affected by this horrible experience. We are reading this now. Both in tears. Hopefully everyone can teach their children the value of learning from our history.
Please teach your children history. For their future and ours.
What a tragic account this is of living for over 2 years in hiding, often stressed and fearful, and then being betrayed, arrested, and dying in a concentration camp in the last days of the war. Anne Frank was a gifted and talented girl. How many others with great gifts were also denied life and making their contribution to our world. May this book inspire us to work for justice and good government so that this horror is not repeated again.
So much is already stated in other reviews of this book, that I will not add more, other than to say it is a book well worth reading and encouraging others to read as well.
(1) quoted from Gaudium et Spes, Vatican II, para 1.
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Before reading this book i thought this book is for kids but anyway i gave it a try and i am so gladful that i didn't missed it an d also i have a regret that i didn't read this one for this much long.👌
This book is the diary of a young girl 'Anne Frank'.The story begins on Anne's 13th birthday when she gets a diary.☝
This story reveals the sufferings and pains faced by Anne's family when the Nazi part invaded Germany.At that point they are staying in the Frankfurt but they later escaped to Amsterdam.The diary suddenly ends on 1 August 1944.(This makes me to shed a tear drop)😢
In her diary she was questioning herself about the right of equality among humans.She left us a question for every vivid reader that "If we belongs to a particular caste or race then will it takes away the freedom for living?".But she was a happy and talkative person who loves to describe others.😘
When the diary suddenly ends it will break our heart and we will really wish in the courner of our heart that she will be fine & there is nothing to worry eventhough we know that she was no more..!😢
👉🏻Thank's 4 reading👈🏻
Anne Frank take us to an unforgettable journey.
Everyone should read at least once in their lives.
(One of my all time personal favourite.)
While reading this book I learnt that Germany started to withdraw in 1944 and thus leading to Auschwitz being liberated on: January 27th 1945 of course by this time Anne, for whatever reason, had already been transported elsewhere. I can’t imagine the suffering she endured during her time at Auschwitz and can only keep repeating “what if” and the one that strikes me the most is “what if she hadn’t of been transported” I sense the truth is that Hitler, attempting to hide his war crimes, had withdrawn as many as possible before hand. I sense the camp was in uproar and attempt to hide the crimes was far harder than they’d imagine since most of it still remained upon liberation. Not all of this is factual mind and only what I understand of what I’ve read but it makes me feel something words cannot describe, or I am not able to put into, that Anne came so close to the end, liberation, and yet did not make it. Lets not forget the other seven, of whom six did not make it, who suffered equally also as well as the countless others who did not keep a diary but suffered a fate equal to Anne and the seven others that were hiding with her. In truth I can’t begin to imagine what Otto Frank’s life was like post liberation because the loss of his family and the Van Daan’s and Dussel must have been unimaginable. The fate of all those involved can be found post Anne’s diary at the end of the book for quick reference. The fact, so the book says, that the train that Anne and the others had been put on out of Westerbrook was the last one haunts me also.
There’s not a lot more to say, for me anyhow. I feel that any opinion I should write today might be extended on another for one cannot completely give an opinion on all they feel and want to write in one sitting and therefore it’s a shame reviews are one input and that’s your lot.
I can only feel great sorrow that at some point within the last one hundred years, so soon in the worlds history, this tragic events unfolded. The scar one man, and his, to him, loyal SS officers left on the world will cause a stain on history that shall, and should not, ever be forgotten.
I watched a short fifteen minute documentary named “Auschwitz” directed by James Moll recently and in that it states that upon arrival at Auschwitz the criteria for left, to survive, and right, to die, was not set and therefore the Jew’s, and other kinds of peoples, lives whom arrived at Auschwitz could be decided in either way in an instant. I’ve yet to do research, and I will, on the Nuremberg trials whom got what fate but I think it some, not entirely, justice that many men got their comeuppance for their terrible crimes during this period of time. I also read, in one my many WW2 books, that the hate that was instilled in SS officers mind could not be comprehended by anyone that was not inside the camp, I dare to imagine what it must take to force a human to accept that another deserves to meet a premature end simply because their of a certain decent. Says it all really that Hitler took his own life rather than face the music, cowards and that’s the understatement of all of time. There’s many horrid things I could say and mean every one of them but shall not in such a place. During the documentary it also stated that SS officers only performed one job along the killing chain so that they did not feel like they had sent anyone to death and rather moved on them on during their job a point rather than anything to say about it.
A book that I’ll hold with me for as long as possible. I thank Otto Frank, and the others whom worked with him, to endure the grief, on an unimaginable scale, and to bring us the complete works of Anne’s diary so that those beyond the generation of 1939-1945 can understand the events of which unfolded in all its horror.
The definitive edition is probably the recommended version to read - passages that were initially omitted by Otto have been reinstated, and also included are Anne's own revisions (which depending on the version you buy are clearly marked as being written at a later date or not).
I purchased the Hardback edition in a slipcase - yes it's more money but it's beautiful and includes far more photos than the paperback editions.