Had I been a guy, a Jew hopefully to undo with unwanted obstructions, in the times of 2nd World War and lived in Amsterdam, I would have definitely tried dating this wonderful girl who existed at the same time!
As usually quoted, The Diary of Anne Frank is the story of an ordinary girl, Anne, in extraordinary times of the Second World War. Anne starts writing after her 13th birthday in which she received the dairy as a gift (which she had asked for). She writes for more than 2 years, mostly in a hiding place, Secret Annex, where her family, one other gentleman and another family hides from the Gestapo or the Nazis because the Jews were being sent to their death in concentration camps.
Anne is looking for a real friend when she starts writing, as she finds paper more patient. She writes about her friends, and later about her life in hiding. She describes her relation with her mother and sister which she feels is superficial and rests only on the family ties and not on individual liking. She is very close to his father and treats him as her role model. All the occupants of Secret Annex and frequent visitors and helpers are described in details in the diary. Being the youngest and a teenager, she is often scolded and reprimanded and she longs for affection most.
Anne’s diary which she calls Kitty hears everything – Anne’s beautiful thoughts, her dreams and nightmares, her ambitions to be different from ordinary girls, her interests, her mood swings (typical in a teenager), her longing for love, her fights with family, rapid changes in her as matures, her becoming independent and losing the dependencies on her family and friends, and above all the spirit of Anne Frank. Every time I read this book, I get some new insights. No wonders Anne wanted to be a writer, a journalist. And she did become one! A very famous one too!
I don’t think I would do justice to the book if I attempt to write anymore. Here is one of my most favorite paragraphs from the book:
“This is where Mother and I differ greatly. Her advice in the face of melancholy is: “Think about all the suffering in the world and be thankful you’re not a part of it.” My advice is: “Go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer. Go outside and try to recapture the happiness within yourself; think of all the beauty in yourself and in everything around you and be happy.“