Monday, March 1, 2010

Book Report: Diary Of A Young Girl

Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank, but if you haven't read her diary for yourself--you really must! This is the unabridged version of Anne's diary and is the first book that contains all of her writings.

Anne begin writing her diary when her family went into hiding for two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The family was discovered in 1944, after being turned in by an unnamed Nazi sympathizer. Anne Frank ultimately died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

When Anne goes into hiding she's still very much a child. During her hiding she matures into a teenager, wise beyond her years. The daily terror she adjusted to is palpable. I had the feeling as I read the book that Anne became more and more resigned to her ultimate fate. Sad.

If you haven't read this book, or it's time to reread it, I'd suggest reading it along with The Book Thief--a fictional account of World War II from a German girl's viewpoint. I found The Book Thief equally haunting.

Diary Of A Young Girl is the second highest selling book in history--just behind The Bible.

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