The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl : The Definitive Edition

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'June, 1942: I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support'. In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary. An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, this is the definitive edition of the diary of Anne Frank.

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 18mm | 258.55g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Ill.
  • 014118275X
  • 9780141182759
  • 16,209

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The "Guardian" review on the back of this book names is "One of the greatest books of the twentieth century." And so it is. Yet it is not great because of the quality or style of the writing. It is not great because of the narrative, or because of the characters. It is not great because it contains any particular wisdom. It is great because it encapsulates and brings down to an individual level, the most evil criminal enterprise in the last 100 years. I struggle to comprehend the notion of millions of Jews being systematically exterminated. I hear the numbers, but they don't make sense. I don't, however, struggle to understand Anne and her fellow inmates in the Secret Annexe, hiding from the Nazis who infested Amsterdam during the Second World War. She stands as a proxy for her people, and it is sobering to realise that this one, single tragedy represents one six-millionth of the overall tragedy. As a book, Anne's diary is perhaps one of the only books where every reader knows the ending before they begin. And as the months pass by, we realise that she is drawing closer and closer to her doom. She bounces through young womanhood, until she is suddenly - and without warning - cut silent. The fact that she does not see it coming, while we do, is simply agonising. It is trite for me to recommend this book. Millions have already read it, and millions more will do so. This is one book which every civilised person simply must read, at some point in their more
by Anthony Marinac