I must be 12 to 13 years-old when the first time I heard about this book from my school teacher. We used to have limited access to English books, hence I never got a chance to read this book. So finally, after 12 years I read this book, and this book left me speechless.
In 1942, Anne Frank was the 13-year-old Jewish teenager living in the Nazi-occupied Polland when the war broke out. They had to leave their home and went into the hiding in the attic of an old office.
She shared the attic with her parents, her elder sister and family of Van Daans and Mr. Dussel. Anne starts writing a diary, which she fondly referred as ‘Dearest Kitty’ throughout the book. In her words ‘Paper is more patience than people.’
An avid reader and a passionate writer Anne scribbled about her relationship with her sister, father, and mother. In most of the part, she has talked about the hatred towards her mother, which I think is normal as during that period most of the teenager thinks like that. She has talked about her views on Van Daans family and how she doesn’t like the behaviour of Mrs. Van Daans.
When you are living in a hidden place away from the society then it is totally normal to get pissed off at each other. Here Anne has described most of such events where the people had different views on the same things.
As the time passed, they have to survive on the limited ration and have to celebrate the festivals and birthdays with the available things.
During all these, she also wished to end the war so that she can see the sunlight again and embrace the warmth without any fear. Anne has extensively and honestly written about her feeling towards Peter, son of Van Daans couple.
She has also talked about the people who have selflessly helped them to survive in the attic. With these, we also get to see her matured views on various subjects especially the woman. She had written that she wants to be a journalist, and don’t want to be like her mother and Mrs. Van Daans. She wanted to do something for herself and want to make her name.
At initial phase, it seems like the normal teenage diary but as soon as it progressed we get to know the depth of her writing and evolved thought process.
The writing style and language of this book is the best part, I sometimes wonder how a 13-years-old can write something like this. Though these are just the diary entries, the way they are written makes it an unbelievable read.
I am not a teenager, thus at the initial phase, I find it quite irritating to read. But then I changed my reading technique and read it through the eyes of a teenager and then I felt her writing. Her thinking was way ahead of time and it totally reflects from her diary. She was a god-gifted writer and I am sure If she would have survived then she must have made a well-known name for herself. This diary is not just mere entries by a teenager but a record of the human minds, who have to live in hiding for years with the constant fear of getting caught. This book also advocates the importance of hope and how a ‘hope’ can make you stand in the adverse situation. What happened to her is beyond my imagination and it shudders me. Her diary is also a proof, what a war does to the people. I am sure there would have been more girls like her, who wanted to do something for herself but what they got is totally against the humanity. One should read this book, without any second thought.
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