Sunday, December 2, 2012

Reflections: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Adam C. Zern offers a few thoughts on Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl:

"I like reading books that end up on a list of 'classics.'  I am forever curious as to why certain books become so much a part of our cultural and academic experiences while others are buried in obscurity.  Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl is ubiquitous on most lists of classics.  After reading it for myself, I believe it deserves a spot on that list.

The Diary of a Young Girl is special because it's so unique in origins.  Who would have thought, Anne Frank certainly had no idea, that a 15 year old girl's journal would come to influence so many others in such a profound way?  This impact partly comes from the circumstances in which the diary is written.  The situation, like most events associated with the Holocaust, is so shocking it leaves one staggered and stunned that such realities ever existed, especially when considering the devastating consequences on humanity.  Anne Frank's diary is a window into a very human experience, one which leaves the reader pondering well after the book is finished.

The situation in which the diary was written is not the only reason the diary has reached such a vast audience.  Anne Frank's writing, even though it's very conversational and sometimes quite scattered, is excellent.  It feels as if she knew millions would eventually read what she had to say, but she certainly had no idea.  Her experiences, as recorded in her diary, reveals a family dynamic that is not unlike your own.  Perhaps that's one reason why the book's content linger for so long.  Anne Frank belonged to an ordinary family who were suddenly thrust into a extraordinary and terrifying new situation, but families are still families, and teenage girls are still teenage girls.  Anne's constant musings and misgivings regarding her parents, her young love,  her insecurities, and sometimes confidence and arrogance, didn't annoy but enlighten me.  She has plenty to say, and due to her writing ability and sincerity, I enjoyed every last word.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl belongs on a 'classics' list.  It's a powerful testament of how we are all so very much like one another.  Considering her final fate along with most of her family and friends, the book is implicitly sad.  However, it's many revelations regarding the human family are encouraging in a world of hate and fear.   I will remember it for many years to come."

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