Sunday, March 27, 2016

Books read in 2016: No. 7 -- The Diary of a Young Girl

by Anne Frank

Started: March 13
Finished: March 27

Notes: Over the years I have read excerpts of this book, I have read plenty about this book, and I have seen movies and television programs concerning it, but I have never actually read it. So, now is the time to correct that. Considering what's going on in my own country of late, it seems quite appropriate.

Mini review: It's rather sad to read of this young lady and all her inner thoughts, her strengths, her hopes and dreams, all while knowing the end will be coming for her soon. Still, there is an undeniable joy to know she wanted to be a writer and hopefully to write books that people would come to know and love, which seems to be the case. For the historian, there is much here to pick up about the day-to-day life of Jews in hiding in Holland during the Second World War, but there is more than that. This book is also a study of strength in adversity, and as trite as that might seem today what with as skeptical and cynical as we have become, perhaps we could learn a few things here.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

I think I did read this but I'm no longer absolutely sure. If so, it was probably in school.