I’ve wanted to read The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition by Anne Frank for a while, but never seemed to get around to it. Then I was going to read it before I went to Holland, and visited the Anne Frank house but I didn’t have time. I’m so glad I waited to read it until after I’d been there to see the setting for myself.
I’ve seen various reviews on this book, varying from the terrible to the incredible. I have to say in most cases they’re both wrong in my opinion. What they fail to take into account is that this is not written for someone elses entertainment. Sure Anne repeats herself, she is immature at times and there isn’t a whole lot going on in the Secret Annexe most of the time. But this is real life. This in an insight to a persons real experiences.
Is it astonishingly well written? No. But it’s not meant to be. Has Anne lived to tidy up this and make it into a publication it may have been better written, but it would miss the raw emotions of the moment.
I didn’t read the version before all the “extra” bits were added but I can see why her father wanted to keep some of that out of it, some of it is very personal and I’m not sure some of those extremely personal things really added anything.
As I said above, I’m glad I decided to read this after visiting the Anne Frank House, where all this takes place. It helped me visualise the surroundings and how the shortage of space caused arguments between people who has just been around each other too much.
I loved reading this book but it did take me a while to get through. Although I wanted to know what happened next to these people in hiding, it’s not exactly a world you want to get lost in. However I do recommend the book, but you must read it for what it is – an historical document, a personal account/experience not entertainment.