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Book Review: Diary of a Young Girl

   Aarya Chhetry - Nov 25 2022

The book is written by Anne Frank herself and was edited by her father. We can’t quite call it a book as it was just a diary that was presented as a book. In her diary which she received for her birthday, Anne Frank writes about her life during the period of the second world war. She and her family being Jews needed to escape Hitler and the Nazi forces to avoid being part of the Holocaust. The perspective of a young girl towards war is the main essence of this story as she had written in great depth on the events that unfolded during her time and how normal citizens and Jews were impacted by it. The book was originally published on June 25, 1947, but there are two versions of the diary written by Anne Frank. In an attempt to fulfill his youngest daughter’s wish to publish a book after the war, Otto Frank (Anne Frank’s father) compiled and edited “Anne’s Diary”, removing certain sensitive entries, and typed a manuscript that was first published in the Netherlands in 1947.

The book explores various topics like accurate history, isolation, hope, deprivation, struggle, hiding, etc. Anne Frank’s life as a prisoner in a house while hiding depicts many concepts of struggle during that time. During the first part of the book, she focuses on how Jews were treated. They lacked many basic facilities and were hated by most. How she felt about her treatment of the world. Most of all we get to see and feel what the visions of children were at the time. After her family goes into hiding with some others he describes their daily life there where they had to be conscious of basic activities and silence needed to be kept. She describes her life as to be a prison but with more facilities. Even though all the tragedies, we get to learn about the positive and optimistic character of Anne as we go further into the story. The book talks about how it is to live with the same people, form the same bonds, share the same stories and quarrel on the same matters. It shows the importance of social importance and the importance of communication but at the same time also talks about how hard society can be on people. It shows both the pros and cons of society. Anne herself talks in detail about her feelings and emotions during her time in hiding and it is somewhat relatable to people the expressions of adolescence. Her story also tells us a lot about the war and major parts of it like concentration camps and the holocaust. In her diary, Anne also talks about the major tragedies of the war as they get letters relaying the information about the loss of loved ones. It is even more tragic to read further in the book as we get to learn about the dreams and aspirations of various characters and slowly lean into the fate that lies ahead of them. There are also many quotes written by Anne that quite touches one’s heart. There are many important messages in this book, but the most important message is that all people have the right to live in freedom. Anne’s story shows us that just because people may be of a different religion or race, doesn’t mean that they should be treated differently. The terrible treatment of Jewish people during the war has shown this. Her personality is what bonds me with the readers according to me because she knows that surviving her fate may be hard but she still carries on optimistically without question. As for the book it is quite boring at the beginning as it is just a normal teenager’s diary but her circumstances make the diary interesting and a good read as it reminds us about the tragic history of humanity which is the second world war.

The book is a must-read and I would recommend it to most of the people I know. The concepts and hardships explored in this book are quite worthwhile to read. It is one of those books that will make an impact on the perspective of the reader toward the world and society. It raises many questions about the principles and philosophy and principles of freedom and optimism. One of the best aspects of the book for me is the sheer amount of fields and topics related to philosophy and psychology in just a diary of a young girl. The history talked about in the book is also very much accurate which makes this story even more terrifying. Overall it is a good book.

Aarya Chhetry
Class 11 Changla
Deerwalk Sifal School

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