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The Diary of Anne Frank

Goodreads Synopsis: Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

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I feel really weird for reading (and rating) someone’s diary, but at the same time I’m intrigued to read the entries that were cut out, or heavily edited.

My main thought while reading/listening to the book was… I don’t know how anyone could live two years cooped up in an attic without going insane.

Anne was a great writer. I wish she would have survived Auschwitz and been a successful author and/or journalist, not just having her dreams met posthumously.

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