I find it very difficult to review non fiction, especially when it comes to autobiographies and diaries. These are written from experience, and while we may comment on the language or style in which it is put across, one cannot critique what they have been through and diminish the emotions involved. We may have reacted differently in similar situations, but that does not mean the person should have done so too.
I read this book for the first time when I had just entered my teenage years. I’ve reread it after that a few times. But while I was reading from the comfort of my own bed, at that age Anne Frank was hiding in a secret annexe fearing for her capture, and for the safety of her family. Experience is what makes a person’s thoughts mature and profound. I think that Anne’s thoughts are profound in this book because of that.
It’s no thriller folks!
When I took it for rereading the first time, I remember going to Goodreads and checking out some of the reviews. I noticed a few reviews stating the lack of pace to the read, and that the story is predictable. For heaven’s sake, can one expect action when living in closed quarters? And this is just as much history is it is a diary. Anne Frank’s fate is known to readers much before they start reading this book. This book is to be read to learn of a young girl’s life during the time of war, when her “kind” were being treated atrociously. We see her growth through her words, which aren’t valued enough by others around her, so she writes to Kitty, her diary. Simple things like the loss of a pen mean so much more in that time of despair than to us reading of it decades later.
Sadness and mystery…
The book is not sadness upon sadness, though it might seem that way. It has mystery, it has kindness (compassion in dire times is priceless don’t you think so?). The events leading up to the ending are as heartbreaking as the ending itself. This is one book I think everyone should read. But it’s not really a book, but a diary, recording the events of a true story. It has beauty, all you need to do is look.
This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.
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