The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The diary takes us to its times in a very subtle manner. It is always easy to look at a book which is written in first person. The issue is with the thought of dealing with the idiosyncrasies of a fictitious character.
The story takes us through the life of a Jewish family in Holland during 2nd World War. The 13 year old girl starts with the account of how her life was until the one day when things suddenly changed for everyone. The musings and hopes of the girl and the reactions and circumstances around her mature her into a person with perspectives. The teenage years entangled in the struggle to face unruly constraints and constant fear develop a web of emotions in her heart which she tries to demystify and present in words. The feeling of the constant presence of unease within her intellect is discernible. The young girl with her heart touching innocence deals with her life with constant vigil and enthusiasm.
The book is recommended not for those who are looking for an account of The War, but for those whom the web of human relations, emotions, impressions and contradictions might entice.
Hats off to all those who made through the war years and maintained or regained there sanity!
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