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Annexed Hardcover – October 4, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
What girl doesn't remember reading Anne Frank's diary for the first time?
This is Sharon Dogar's fictional story of what happened in the Annex and afterwards, as imagined from Peter Van Pels's perspective.
Much controversy surrounded this book before it was even published. I can only offer my opinion of the book, and I will try to weigh in on whether or not I agree with the criticisms made to Ms. Dogar and her fictional work.
She writes in the preface:
"In this novel, based on history, I try to imagine what it might have been like to have actually lived with Anne Frank. To become the target of her love, and to be so cruelly torn apart from her, just as liberation was coming to Holland."
The novel is broken into two parts - the first of which was the time Peter and his family spent in hiding in the Annex with the Franks, the second was what happened after they were found.
I believe the first part of the novel is that which is attracting so much criticism. While I am not a scholar when it comes to Anne Frank, I can say that there were some scenes in this first part that rubbed me the wrong way. Was this because I did not like someone messing with the Anne Frank we know and love, or was it just because I didn't particularly care for a certain scene? I am not sure.
On the other hand, it was nice to see more of Peter and the Van Pels, especially his mother, whom I remember disliking from Anne's diary. I think the hardest thing for me, as it probably was for many readers, was that Annexed made me question the whole truth of Anne's diary.Read more ›
Anne's 'voice' which rang out so clearly throughout her amazing diary is missing here, and what readers get instead is Peter's perspective of things. It is Peter's struggles both internal and external that readers get to witness here. Peter's sense of loss and derailment from an ordinary life is well-portrayed - the loss of privacy, where the most inane and intimate moments are exposed to others, all living in close proximity to each other, is conveyed in painfully excruciating detail. Here, we get to read about how Peter's relationship with Anne might have developed - from someone he found annoying to someone who shared his feelings and thoughts, and to something much more. Unlike Anne's diary which ends shortly before their discovery and arrest by the Gestapo, Peter's story takes readers beyond that point into the actual camps. The author recreates with some measure of credibility the day-to-day living in the hellish conditions of the concentration camps till the very end.
Is it a must-read?Read more ›
However, philosophical and mordant unlike Anne, his beliefs are affirmed when they are betrayed and taken away to various concentration camps. Now as he awaits death in 1945 at Mauthalsen concentration camp in Austria, he thinks back to the horrific war years when God chose to abandon his people.
This is a great historical fiction tale that uses The Diary of Anne Frank to tell the tale of life in the Annex from the perspective of Peter and limited historical record of what happened to him and the others (enhanced by Sharon Dogar) transported to deadly camps. Ms. Dogar captures the essence of Peter (at least from Anne's viewpoint) and brilliantly fills in gaps especially in the last quarter of the book that makes up the Part 2 Diaspora. Except for the deniers, this is a super companion piece to the classic as the readers must never forget any ethnic cleansing even if it is painful to do so. Also for another perspective (based on NPR and not my read yet), the audience should consider Francine prose's reflective look at Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sharon Dogar stayed true to the spirit of Anne Frank's diary and created a very atmospheric, biographical novel about Peter Van Pels. I couldn't put it down.Published 4 months ago by C. Mathieu
It's hard to say that I loved this book, because how can anyone express such a sentiment for relieving such tragedies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ciara Elizabeth
I grew up with the story of Anne Frank and her diary. I was thrilled when I was younger to discover we shared the same birth date. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sandra K. Stiles
I used purchased this as an audio book. I like for audio books to be as if I were reading it in my head and thus, an AUDIO book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by meghan clark
This book was very good. It made me cry thru the whole book. What a terrible time in history. It was very informative and kept my interest thru the whole book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John from Tampa
Good for use as a supplement to "The Diary of Anne Frank," in that it looks at the time in the attic (and afterwards) from a boy's point of view. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ann Gigounas
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Essentially and in the most basic of terms, Annexed is Anne Frank’s diary told from the... Read more
This is a very good story. I wish that it was actually true! This book is good for ages 9-18. Good book.Published 17 months ago by Matty