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  • Michelle Arrow
    2019-03-24 01:07

    This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews!Let's play a wondrous game of 'Never Have I Ever.' Of course, you've all heard of this game in those cute, cheeky contemporary novels... but many few have played it. Here's a first for me, too. But my main point here is: Never have I ever read a play before. Stepping into a new kind of writing format and learning the basics of the great scripts, The Diary of Anne Frank brought back memories of when I actually read Anne's diary back in the day, and it gave me a whole new experience to love and devour for ages to come.So here's the thing: I have an obsession with Anne's diary. Since I was young and once decided that I might write a speech on the inspirational young girl herself, I've read her diary and researched all about her, continuously. When's Anne's birthday? June 12. And trust me, I did not search that up. *winks* Until reaching the smitten age of 14, I actually had not known that there was an amazing playwright of her story, and that I'll be getting the chance to read it in Grade 9. This was a true memorable experience for me, from start to finish."We don't need the Nazis to destroy us. We're destroying ourselves."All I feel like doing right now, right here, is banging my head on my desk repeatedly and sob. I wish that I could sob for a whole eternity. I feel that with a play like this, readers are more prone to understand Ms. Frank's story even better, and in the end, the actual ending may not be exactly correct when looking at the way her life ended in reality, but you feel everything. The emotions are present, the feels, and throughout the whole two Acts, I felt that I was actually imaging the wonderful real personalities playing these roles. It hadn't been a play all along for me, there were moments when this was realer than ever, and since there was dialogue between the people Anne spent years with in annexation, I have gotten to know their personalities much better than I ever would have if I just reread her diary over and over again for fifteen times. There's a true difference, my friends.For those of you crazy weirdos who don't know Anne's story at all, you must be living under a rock or a shoe and have no access to wonderful books and history novels. But since I'm that much of a nice person, then I'll surely give you a mini-recap, so you can continue to read this review and get what I'm saying. *grins widely* Anne Frank was just a normal girl living in Holland when her life turned upside down... just because she was a Jew. Anne's father, Otto Frank, was a hero to his family, and his decision to bring the Franks into annexation and hiding in a dusty attic hiding spot on top of a warehouse saved their lives... at least for a couple of years. Anne and her family went into hiding in 1942, and the Van Daan family also joined them with a surprise visitor afterwards. All of these people's traditions and ways of living were disrupted to the highest extent, and they spent their days without a peep and no talking or heading to the washroom. It was all about fear, and if the slightest noise was heard, someone ought to find out.I just can't even explain to you how much this play and Anne's story means to me. Yes, it's completely tragic and worrisome for readers, but the fact that Anne and her crush-afterwards Peter Van Daan were just two normal teenagers crushed me even more. I bet that if Anne was put into our modern day society just the way she was, she'd be normal. No one would suspect that she's a historical figure who died in the 1940s because of the Second World War. No one would suspect that she spent years in hiding or that she went into a concentration camp. And this is the aspect that makes this the most memorable: amazing playwrights brought her legacy and story back to life once more. I've never heard of this play actually turning into a production on stage and everything (like Broadway), but just having readers given the chance to see a reenactment of this all brings tears into my heart."I only know it's funny never to be able to go outdoors... never to breathe fresh air... never to run and shout and jump. It's the silence in the night that frightens me most. Every time I hear a creak in the house, or a step on the street outside, I'm sure they're coming for us. The days aren't so bad. At least we know that Miep and Mr. Kraler are down there below us in the office. Our protectors we call them."What the playwright had done perfectly was making sure that the facts weren't 100% correct. This is Anne's story to tell, and as we can tell, she didn't write this play, so they couldn't make sure that everything was left open as her story was and still is today. The ending of the whole play was different than to what actually had happened. In reality, nobody knows who told that the Franks were hiding there. In the play, it was the thief who wandered in the office building and blackmailed Mr. Kraler. The play and the audience had to be left leaving the play with answers. Some are still not complete, but at least you can say that you've seen/read the play and understand it all. And that makes the fixture of the plot perfect.Since I had to read this for school, I read both Acts at separate times. But in a matter of a week, I had the play done, and all of the discussion questions that we had to answer on this were done and scribbled on to with loads of thoughts that got me thinking. I'm telling you, this review wouldn't even be half as long if I didn't have the discussion questions to answer. They really got me thinking, thinking about the characters, the development, the ending, and everything in between.Anne... Well that was a perfect example of her. The diary scenes, her attitude and personality, everything, all of the aspects gotten readers to understand and know her better. It's obvious and easy to tell that there was a lot of research put into writing this play so the writers could get Anne on the dot and know her in and out. Her character just made me realize how young she really was, and all of those playful moments that she shared with her parents, Peter or with Mr. Dussel just shattered me because at the moment when she was taken away by the Germans, it was easy to tell that the world had just lost a great soul. She was optimistic, and she always felt that she would have a great future and would become someone big, but she never thought that something like this would happen to her. Her fame is a legacy, my friends.Some people have argued with me over the romance of Anne and Peter, and I have to tell you that it was adorable, but puppy-love at the same time. I don't care about the difference in ages of them, which was about 3 years. The audience can tell that throughout the play, Anne was seeking for a person to talk to and understand. Margot, her older sister, was completely out of the picture, and I can only wish that her character was brought out more. Thankfully, her mother and father's crazy but funny moments were constantly brought up and we got to know who Anne really came from strongly.Looking at my liking of this dramatized story in an overall matter, I can tell you that I am able to go on forever with how much I enjoyed this. Although this was only 'based' on the real thing, it was done perfectly and it didn't go too far or not hit the exact point of the book. The message was so deep and it made me smile and break out into a sad face continuously, but the most important thing that I saw was that the writing and the descriptions were set to the exact point. And it did. *smiles* This was everything I could ask for and more, and I recommend this TO YOU, whether you've read Anne's diary or not, or even if you haven't heard of my inspiration, her. Just walk into reading this play with a huge smile, because you'll be left quivering and slowly dying of sadness and pathos inside.

  • Bella
    2019-03-26 16:55

    Diary of Anne Frank is about a young girl who was a Jew. Not only was she a Jew but her whole family were Jews. At this time the Germans were taking over and World War II was going on. The reason for all of this was Hitler. he was a very sick man. The Germans were capturing people who didn't meet their standards' the Jews weren't apart of their standards. if you didn't meet their standards or if you were a Jew then you got sent to a concentration camp. These camps were in horrible condition. If you went there and you weren't a strong man or woman or you were an elderly person or child then you were automatically sent off to die. The camps was were filled. Anne was lucky her family had a hiding spot. They hid in an attic where he father worked. The attic was packed with people. Anne wrote all about it in a dairy that she had received for her birthday. This was not only her diary it was best friend.i enjoyed reading this book because it taught me all about the holocaust. I didn't know what the holocaust was until I read this book. It told me all about and everything I needed to know about it. I recommend this story if you like learning about the past. If you like to learn about World War II then this is the book for you. It tells you everything you need to know.

  • DeeDee
    2019-03-28 00:51

    No one should take ones freedom or right to live because of their religion, nationality or ethnic background.Such a tragic story but Anne Frank had never lost her hope, one of her last writing was 'In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.'http://www.bbc.co.uk/annefrank/timeli...

  • Lindsey
    2019-04-01 20:02

    I went through a phase in middle school (like many kids that age) where I read a lot of books about the Holocaust. "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" was one of those, and I remember liking it, but it somehow didn't resonate as much of some of the others. I don't completely remember why, but I know at least part of it was feeling like there were too many tangents, and I just wanted to find out what happened to Anne and her family--in other words, the basic fact that it was a diary got in the way for me. At the school I'm at now, the 8th-grade textbook includes a copy of this play adaptation from the 1950s. After just finishing it, I can not only see why it won a Pulitzer prize, but I wish I would have discovered this version when I was younger. Because it's an interpretation made for the stage, it cuts out many of the slower sections, creates more of a dialogue between the characters, and frames the whole story as a flashback from the perspective of Mr. Frank as he's reading Anne's diary for the first time after returning to the secret annex. In other words, the structure highlighted the amazing story, rather than (in my opinion) encumbering it. We were able to read much of it aloud as a class, which got the kids more engaged, and the ending is even more heartbreaking because we're sharing the awful dramatic irony of the situation with Mr. Frank as he reads the entries. I definitely recommend this play and plan to teach this version in the future whenever I have the option.

  • Jinky
    2019-03-24 19:17

    This is a two act play first presented in Cort Theatre, New York, New York on October 5, 1955. The husband-and-wife authors of this book dramatized Anne Frank's story based on the book Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. Simply a tender dramatic composition. I was picturing myself in the audience of this play. I kept myself alert and focused. I wanted all my senses functioning. This book delivered. I saw and felt much... fear, anxiety, hope, laughter, innocence, loyalty, desires, friendship, tolerance, madness, humanity, and so forth. A bitter sweet taste of what would be found in the book it's based on --a young girl's memoir of her days of hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Moreover, this play was successful in bearing one of Anne's last observations in her diary: "In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.". For the most part, Anne's smiling spirit was showcased.Anne's story doesn't get old and continues to be heartwarming. But don't worry, this was tenderly written so you'll only need one tissue ... maybe a Brawn kind of paper towel for some. One day I'll read Anne's book. I'm just not ready right now ... no paper towels in the house.**Find this review and more at Jinky is reading

  • Josie Carbajal
    2019-04-19 19:08

    The book was pretty interesting. It's about a girl named Anne Frank. The other characters are Annes' parents Mr. & Mrs.Frank, her sister Margot, Mr. & Mrs. Van Daan, there son Peter & Mr. Dussel. The setting takes place in Holland. This book takes place around the time when world war 2 was going on with Jewish & German. Its about a young thirteen year old girl who has to go in hiding in an attic in the building where Anne's father works with her family and friends of family so they wouldn't be sent to concentration camps. Before all this happened Anne's parents gave her a diary for her birthday so she would write about anything that was going on in her life. Then she started to go in hiding & she started to write how it was hard to be living in the attic cramped with other people. I recommend this book because its interesting knowing how everyone in the book managed to hide for 2 years in an attic from German soldiers and this book is based on a true story.

  • Jack
    2019-04-13 21:54

    The Diary of Anne Frank,one of the most tragic books I have ever read. Starting from a good childhood life to a fearful escape, Anne Frank experiences the holocaust that was led by World War 2. Her tragic moments were the most devastating times of her life causing her to create this Diary Documentary about her feelings, her experiences, and etc. This diary documentary truly inspires many, as it represents how society rolls today. Each page was like a life-lesson or a theme that had to be read. In future references, I do hope that the world understands that genocide is caused by the hatred of one ethnicity.

  • Emily
    2019-03-24 18:19

    Overall, this play just makes me sad. I think it's a good representation of what took place in the Secret Annex based on Anne's diary, but the reality of the situation saddens me. I wonder what a girl like Anne, who as a 13 year old wrote a diary that has been published around the world, could have accomplished as an adult. I don't like seeing the reality of the characters of the Van Daans and Dussel, but I very much like seeing the heroism of the characters, Mr. Frank, Mr. Kraler, and Miep. So having both together makes it very realistic. This play does what it's intended to do - cause one to ponder the events of the past in order to better the future.

  • V
    2019-03-28 21:18

    I loved this book because of the well written format of this book. The story in this theatrical version is told so well that the reader can feel as if they are in the story themselves.

  • Bogydog
    2019-04-18 17:11

    I'd be pissed if everyone in the world read my diary after I died.

  • Leslie Truax
    2019-03-30 20:08

    The Diary of Anne Frank is a play by Frances Goodrich, and brings Anne's diary to life. Anne is thirteen when her diary begins in 1942, and she tells of what her experience was like being Jewish - and being in hiding - during World War II. Through the play, we see Anne's expeience in hiding, and how it affects her, her family members, and the other Jewish people in hiding with them. Although she and the others in hiding experience great hardship and distress, the play still shows how life pervails, even in a secret attic, and how indomitable the human spirit truly is. The Diary of Anne Frank gives hope to audiences, but doesn't spare them from the horrors of World War II and Anne's tragic fate.I chose this play for my unit on conflict/struggle because of what a fantastic figure Anne Frank is for students who may be experiencing great conflicts and struggles in their own lives. Even though none of my students will be able to relate with Anne's experience exactly, my hope is that they can find her experience relatable, and remind them that - with what they're going through in their own lives - they're not alone. I also chose this play because of how personal it is with Anne's character in particular, and how it reveals how she got through her struggles without losing hope - up till the diary reaches a sudden end. This play has various types of conflict, among them Man vs. Self, Man vs. Man, and Man vs. Society. The strategy that I would want to use with students while reading this play would be "Most Important Word" from Beers, Chapter 8. This strategy asks students to find the most important word from a text, and provide the quote where they found their word. Students can then talk about their most important word, either in groups (which I would start with) or as a class (which I would end with). Students also fill out important plot information, such as the names of characters, the conflict (which we will focus on during discussion), main plot points, the setting, and the theme. I like that this strategy specifically asks kids to talk about the conflict of the story. I'm thinking that I can probably see if I can get students to make connectiosn between their "most important words" and the conflict of the story.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-31 00:00

    This text is the play version of The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, a written account of a young girl in the form of a diary (she called "Kitty" and often addresses as such with every diary entry) who successfully, painstakingly hid for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation in what was called the Secret Annex. Along with her family, the Franks, the van Pels also hid in the Secret Annex. I would incorporate this play into a Holocaust unit read in class together with students assigned characters with lines to read in hopes that the story of Anne Frank would come all the more alive even years later. This text would link with my overarching theme of identity by leading students to think about what will remain to still define them when everything external is stripped away in light of a time period like the Holocaust that may impact millions of lives. I would teach the context of the Holocaust first, however, so students better understand the implications of Frank and company's experiences relayed in a more manageable play form. I would lead students into the strategy called "Why Should I Care?" in the second chapter of Kelly Gallagher's Write Like This by having each day begin with a news article or video (at their reading level - from Newsela, for example) that sheds insight on what is occurring in the world today that looks like history repeating itself (ex. North Korea concentration camps) and conclude with making connections between the current event and how Anne Frank and those in the Secret Annex may have experienced the Holocaust in hiding. Essentially, they will be asked to make consider the importance of such topics in their own lives as they are constantly internalizing different factors that help define them whether at school, home, and wherever they are. Students can also make connections within the play between the dialogue spoken of the times in the past (before the Holocaust) and after, in light of what still factors into individual identities as represented in the text.

  • Rachel Self
    2019-04-21 23:16

    This is the stage adaptation of the original story The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, which follows Anne Frank and her family through Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Anne and her family go into hiding with another Jewish family after her sister is summoned to a Nazi work camp, and she details their loving, nerve-wrecking, and disturbing history. Her attempt to live normally in a society that despises her and her family leaves her and her family in a Man vs Society conflict. As the Netherlands adjusted to German occupation, they adopted Nazi idealisms that led to Anne’s eventual demise in a camp. Students will not be able to relate to this type of suffering, but other moments in the play make Anne an empathetic, relatable character. Anne is middle school age, having crushes, fights with her sister, and regular family drama within the context of an irregular, horrid period of history. Students can become attached and feel for Anne’s struggles, making acting out the story as powerful as reading it. The darker, historical contexts are what ground this story in a Man vs. Society conflict, making it essential to pair this story with Gallagher’s “That is Disturbing!” strategy. Moments in the play reflect period attitudes and situations that can be uncomfortable to read or listen to. This strategy allows students to research a moment and reflect on what makes it disturbing, which mostly is the violent relations between the Nazis and Jewish people of the time. Students can gain both a historical understanding and respect for the endurance of Holocaust victims and survivors.

  • Shelby
    2019-03-29 22:21

    This version of The Diary of Anne Frank allows students to engage in the text in a way that is different than just reading it to themselves individually. By acting or reading it aloud, this already powerful story of a young Jewish girl living in hiding during Hitler’s reign in Germany, is brought to life. This story can serve as a way to talk about the pattern, or structure of plot. I think by listening to certain scenes read aloud, students will better understand the aspects of rising action and climax because these moments will be reflected in the reader’s voice. I would have students fill in a plot graphic in order to see that they understand which parts of the play fit into which part of plot structure. After reading the play, I would use Gallagher’s strategy of “Burning Questions.” The Holocaust is something students often have a lot of questions about, so I think this strategy would be useful here. Working together as a class, students would brainstorm a list of questions about The Diary of Anne Frank. Then, in groups, they would choose one question (approved by me) that no other group already has. They will then research that question and record their findings. Later, each group would inform the class on what they found.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-28 23:12

    Lauren Fariss:"Diary of Anne Frank: the play" is a great text to use with middle school students when learning about the Holocaust. The play is easier to read than the novel, and also allows students to practice reading aloud and taking on the roles of different characters. I would relate this text to the study of identity, by asking students to think about how our individual experiences can shape our sense of identity. I would have students look at the life experiences of Anne Frank in the novel and then examine the ways in which they must have shaped who she was. I would ask students to read aloud the play and practice taking on different perspectives and using voice. I may ask students to try role-playing and write letters from the perspective of Anne Frank or other characters in the play (Spandel 152).I would also use this text as a lead-in to using the strategy "Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life" (Gallagher 27). I would ask students to create a list of their own experiences (including the good experiences and obstacles they have faced) that have shaped their sense of identity.

  • HannahPatterson
    2019-04-06 18:20

    "The Diary of Anne Frank" follows a young girl, her family, and their experiences while hiding in Amsterdam during the Holocaust. Perspective wise, this play would introduce students to the point of view of someone around their age who actually lived during the Holocaust. Kids will inevitably be learning about the Holocaust, and this play offers an accessible character for middle school students. As we talked about in class, it would be a good idea to team teach this play with the history teacher, as he or she will mostly likely have more information to offer about this topic. Since this play deals with some heavier issues that middle school students might have a harder time connecting with completely, creating an anticipation guide would help students relate to the material beforehand (Beers). In addition, this play could be paired with Kelly Gallagher's "I was a Witness" writing strategy for students to think about what they have been witnesses to in their own lives. This activity would also serve to build students connections with Anne as someone they can relate to.

  • Macy
    2019-04-23 21:05

    The Diary of Anne Frank is a play detailing Anne Frank's experiences as a Jewish girl from Holland during the rise of Nazi power in Europe and eventually her capture by Nazi forces. In an 8th grade classroom, this play could function as a spearhead for a unit focusing on the Holocaust. Ideally it would be in an interdisciplinary context with students' History classes; however, regardless, a teacher can use the same strategies to help students understand both the Holocaust and the content of the play. This work can be used for students as an example of the Inform/Explain purpose outlined in Gallagher's text Write Like This. Students, while likely split into small groups where everyone has a part, will be able to read this text entirely aloud because it enables easy reading through dramatic dialogue. While reading, they can be driven to consider the elements of the play that set up the scene, draw on background knowledge, and make the text informative without taking away from the dramatic devices and genre. This text can be used as a model text for students to detail a formative experience they have had that may have been at the result of circumstance, society, or even discrimination. No matter what they choose to discuss, students will be directed to choose something that they believe will work best through the conventions of the dramatic genre. In order to highlight the concept of interdependence, this activity will illuminate the importance of genre for students and how their content depends entirely on how it is communicated. Also, to further this investigation, the teacher can choose an excerpt of the novel The Diary of a Young Girl that has content reflecting the same as a moment in the play, and the class can look at them side-by-side to discover benefits/drawbacks to using either genre. The use of the play over the novel will help students engage differently and more easily with Anne Frank's story since students must hear their classmates read the words and read the words themselves. In a heavy topic like the Holocaust, this infusion of personality with language can enable students to engage with the topic on a personal level and ideally develop an empathy that may not come as seamlessly from reading the novel.

  • Eunice Lau
    2019-03-25 22:15

    It is a really good book, I learned so much about the Holocaust while reading this amazing book.Definitely recommend people to read this book.

  • Jessica Mocha
    2019-04-05 01:19

    The Diary of Anne Frank: the play is a great way to teach younger students the Holocaust. This play is based of the Diary that Anne Frank wrote while in hiding and was changed into a play with the language simplified for a younger audience. The play is very effective for students learning because it is told for a young girls perspective and forces students to play different parts. This allows the students to gain insight into what they must have felt while in hiding and allows them to relate to someone who is their own age. This text is a great way to get students thinking about right and wrong and what they would do in the different positions, the victims and the helpers. Before reading, an anticipation guide can be used with statements like "you should always tell the truth" and "I should always help those in need". Those two statements are critical when thinking about this text. If telling the truth is something you should always do, Mr Kraler and Miep should tell the Nazis that they are hiding them in the attic, on the other hand, if you should always help those in need they should continue to hide the Franks and the Van Danns and not tell the Nazis. The anticipation guide helps students realize that things are not always black and white and sometimes their values need to change when it comes to tricky situations.With this text, Gallagher's I was a Witness strategy would be great because so many people witnessed the Holocaust, but many did not do anything. Students could brainstorm about a time they witnessed something, big or small, and write about what they saw.

  • Silvia Stefani
    2019-03-30 21:04

    Per la recensione completa venite sul mio blog "My Bookish Philosophy"!http://mybookishphilosophy.blogspot.c...Prima di tutto devo specificare che, come quasi tutti penso, avevo letto questo libro per scuola, parecchi anni fa, però non me lo ricordavo affatto (tutti quelli che mi conoscono sanno in che povero stato è la mia memoria…) e con questa seconda lettura ne sono stata molto colpita. Un romanzo come non me lo aspettavo proprio, che quasi quasi mi fa domandare se effettivamente l’avevo letto, e che sono stata contentissima di poter riprendere.Anne Frank è una ragazzina nel giugno del 42’, ci troviamo in Olanda e la seconda Guerra Mondiale è già iniziata da tre anni ormai. Anne e la sua famiglia sono ebrei e per questo non possono più fare moltissime cose, come uscire di casa dopo le otto di sera, usare i mezzi pubblici, praticare sport ecc. La data 12 giugno però è particolarmente importante perché è il suo compleanno, il giorno in cui riceve il diario, che poi diventerà tanto famoso. Si tratta di uno sfogo per lei, che infatti si sente molto sola e sente che non ha nessuno con cui confidarsi. Kitty (o Kit) è il nome che da al suo confidente (il diario). Le prime registrazioni sono quelle di una ragazzina normale che descrive la sua vita di tutti i giorni: la scuola, i suoi compagni, la famiglia, gli amici, quello che le capita. Ma la vera storia inizia quando il padre porta Anne e il resto della famiglia (Margot, la sorella e Edith, la madre) in un rifugio (Anne lo chiamerà l’Alloggio Segreto). Si tratta di un appartamento nascosto nella palazzina dove lavorava il padre. Era tutto organizzato, o quasi, e mancavano ancora dei giorni prima del “trasferimento”, ma anticipano le cose. Il 6 luglio i Frank occupano l’Alloggio Segreto. Successivamente a loro si aggiungono anche i Van Daan (il signor Van Daan è amico e socio del padre di Anne) e il signor Dussel, diventando in totale otto persone. I rifugiati riescono a sopravvivere fino al 1° agosto del 1944, quando il diario di Anne si interrompe bruscamente. Un gruppo di SS infatti il 4 agosto ha catturato i rifugiati e alcuni loro protettori. Anne è una ragazzina come tante altre. Nonostante la tragica fine se l’è cavata bene (considerando cosa succedeva agli altri ebrei), fino a quel fatidico 4 agosto. Era una ragazzina con sogni e speranze che pensava di poter portare a termine, nonostante i mille dubbi e le mille crisi che alla sua tenera età ha dovuto sopportare. Sognava di diventare una giornalista e quando ha sentito alla radio che finita la guerra avrebbero raccolto i diari come testimonianze si è data subito da fare per sistemare quello che poteva, facendo annotazioni, tagli e aggiunte. Una ragazza che aveva deciso di esporsi completamente, di esporre tutti i suoi sentimenti, perché aveva capito che tutto quello andava ben oltre lei. Lei che è riuscita a sopravvivere ed essere arrivata così vicina alla fine, ma non abbastanza da farcela davvero. Che dire delle mie emozioni? È stato un “romanzo” come non me lo aspettavo. Una ragazzina che parla normalmente degli amici e della scuola, di come non sopporta questo o quello. Un libro semplice ma profondo e intenso, che racconta tutta la miseria e il disagio che hanno dovuto sopportare quegli otto rifugiati. Dalla fame, all'impossibilità di parlare e ridere liberamente, al caldo, a freddo ecc. Ricordando anche le scene un po’ più comiche, come i dialoghi tra i signori Van Daan, con le uscite della signora oppure le sedute dentistiche del signor Dussel. Nessuno si sente al sicuro e in effetti non lo sono mai veramente. C’è infatti la possibilità che qualcuno li senta, soprattutto di giorno, quando al piano di sotto lavorano delle persone totalmente ignari della loro presenza. Il diario è scritto molto semplicemente, raccontando cose di tutti i giorni, pensieri di tutti i giorni, ma approfondendo allo stesso tempo tutto quello che le succedeva intorno. Un libro che va letto almeno una volta nella vita, soprattutto perché, non parlando direttamente delle crudeltà avvenute, cambia un po’ la prospettiva di quei terribili anni che hanno segnato la storia umana.

  • Maddi
    2019-03-29 19:53

    Diary of Anne Frank Review The Diary of Anne Frank is a book filled with courageous people and actions that they made to save others. Anne Frank is the main character and is a Jew. Her family went off to hiding in their new home called the "Secret Annex". The Frank family shared their new home with many people like the Van Daan family. They are a family of three; a mother, a father, and a son named Peter. Anne after a while warmed up to Peter, and they eventually fell in love with one another. But as people say love is a rose, and roses do have their downfalls, just like love. Peter had to move away with his parents and Anne was left heartbroken. She never liked another boy like that again.Anne's hero throughout her life was her father because of everything he did for her and her family. He saved their lives to not go to the camps but by going into hiding Still giving Anne presents when they didn't have much money, and always being there to catch her when she stumbles with any type of problem. But that wasn't really the same for Anne's relationship with her mother. Anne and her mother fought all the time and Anne always felt undermined to her older sister Margot. Anne's whole family and even Mrs. Van Daan had to comment on Anne not being as well brought as her sister. But her father would always step in and stand up for Anne. Even through their hard times as a family they would always apologize to one another. Anne's dream was to be a writer when she was older and her dream came true in a way. Anne was later taken to the German camps where her mother had died and her sister had became very ill. Anne forgave her mother and herself for all the bad and mean things that they told each other. Anne's sister died only a few days before Anne did. Her father, Otto Frank was the only survivor of the family. After he left the camps Otto Frank published Anne's diary. This book was phenomenally written by a 15 year old girl who went through a tragedy that was something no one should ever have experienced. The message of the book that the author wanted people to get after reading her diary will never be known. But the way that the reader connects personally with Anne and her stories is the message. The message that I received after reading her diary was not with one word that could sum up the book, but can be expressed through many. Bravery, is what she showed to the world and used to get through the tough times. Live life the best you can because you never know what will happen in the future, and being thankful for what you have and the people you share your life with because things could always be worse. I really enjoyed her stories about her life, about what she went through, what she did, and how she overcame that time period. I liked reading about her life, but it made me sick to my stomach when I would read what the Germans were doing to the Jews and other people who broke the law just by trying to help a Jew. Also what harsh things a Jews would have to do to just to survive through the night.I did not like when Anne talked about "liking" other girls but that did not effect my overall rating of the book. This is a book that everyone should read because they would learn to appreciate their own lives, and that there are real things that happened to this girl that most teenagers can relate to. This isn't a made up book where people can't relate to fairy tale creatures and just to read for entertainment. But a real person who is a hero for many and a person of inspiration for most. I would recommend this book to anyone who has never read it before just because of the message that is made from the relationship created by the reader and Anne.

  • Chris
    2019-04-12 21:13

    The Diarry of Ann Frank Play was the first time that I have read anything on Ann Frank. I had heard of Ann before but I still have never read her diarry. The play however was not something that I really enjoyed, which is why I gave it a two for my rating.What I liked about the play was the perspective you get about a Jew in hiding during WWII. I have read many books on WWII but none that were just about Jews hiding from the Nazi's. After reading the play I have a much deeper appreciation for the brave Jews that hid from the German's during that time period. I also liked how the play gave the views of all the characters. In the Diarry of Ann Frank everything is based on Ann's opinions but in the play you get to understand the opinions and traits of all the characters based on the dialogue. I prefer reading books where the characters are devevoloped by the author and not by the main character when a book is written in first person.There were definitely some things I didn't like about the play. First, since the play was written like a play, it showed the characters name in bold before every quotation. Eventually this became redundant and confusing to read when the whole play is mostly dialogue. I also thought the story was boring even though it gave a unique perspective of Jews in hiding. The problem was that nothing really changed from beginning to end. It was the same characters and setting and problem from start to finish. There wasn't really a clear climax or event that made the play fun to read. The play also started slow and unlike most books it stayed that way.What surprised me about the play was that both the Franks and the family they were with were captured in the secret Annex, and brought to concentration camps. I had known of Ann Frank's story before I read the play, but I didn't know she went to a concentration camp. The other thing that surprised me was that she died in the camp and Mr. Frank was the only one who stayed alive. I was also surprised how emotionless Mr. Frank was when he went back to the Annex when the war was over. It had been there last home and the place his family had lived before they died, but he didn't seem like he was going to cry or anything.What impacted my thinking was Ann's positive attitude throughtout the play. She didn't ever seem bothered about their situtation or the fact that they were in grave danger. She was grateful just to be in the Annex. She also was not mad at the Nazi's or the world. She said that the world was just going through a phase and that it would soon be over. Her attitude taught me to be more grateful for what I have because her situation was a lot worse than mine.Overall, despite the unique perspective and message I got from the play, I thought it was boring and it scared me away from reading the actual diarry. I think the story of the two family's is remarkable, but to read about their day to day life is redundant. I would not recomend reading the play about Ann Frank to anyone.

  • Gail
    2019-03-31 17:07

    An excellent play adapted from Anne Frank's diary. When you read a play like this, you go in knowing the ending (a bit like the Titanic, you know the boat hits the iceberg and sinks), but that doesn't make it any less of an interesting read. I liked how the play is 'bookended' with a scene between Miep Gies and Otto Frank set 3 years later, as he returns to the annex and starts to read Anne's diary, throwing him back to very recent events. The stage directions state that all of the characters (except for Miep and Mr Kraler) are on stage all of the time, perhaps in blackout if they are not involved in a scene, helping to recreate that lack of privacy - a wonderful touch. The excerpts from Anne's diary (presumably recorded as a voiceover and played as a sound effect) are well chosen and well placed, not too many and not too few. The final excerpt is poignant and heart breaking as she stops writing mid-sentence. We all know what happened next. The main reason I have reviewed this play is because I was so surprised at the low average rating, seemingly caused by a glut of reviewers who didn't like the play "because it is sad" (in which case many of you need to learn that it can still be a good read even if there isn't a happy ending) or "because there are names in bold at the start of each line and words in italics describing their actions which is very confusing" - sorry kids, that is how a typical stage script is laid out! In order to bring a play to the stage, actors need to learn those lines, follow the stage directions and rehearse.

  • Bryan Arteen
    2019-04-07 20:57

    I really enjoyed reading this book because it had a catchy story to it. I like to read books holocaust and this book was one of the better books I read. This is a great book for boys and girls from middle school up and it taught me a lot about what Jewish people had to go through during the holocaust. The book is very detailed and enthralling. The context was good but the book went to fast at the end when they went to the concentration camps and right before that. The book was based on a true story and realistic. It was about a girl named Anne frank who lived in a building with her family and they all had to go through a lot. They had to stay quit, there was not much entertainment, they could not throw trash up the window ect.. Life was challenging for them put they still managed to get most of the way threw the holocaust but they were soon found. In the beginning of the book she and her brother were always fighting and thought it way a joke until it starting getting scary for them. This is a dramatic book and has brother sister interaction and sister sister. Anne Frank learns to like her mom more towards the end and there are two Christian friends they have that help the family during the book. There was no exotic or weird actions during the book and I recommended it for middle school and up. This is also a boy and girl book so if you read it I hope you enjoy it.

  • Neil
    2019-03-31 18:54

    OK, I'm sure I read excerpts from the Diary years ago for some class or another, and everyone who is literate knows the basics of Anne Frank's tragic story, but somehow I'd always missed reading it in any complete form. The adapted play has been coming up several times lately in the theater circles I run in, so I decided to give it a go.I was unprepared for Anne's vivacity and her relative modernity. She reads like a more modern teenager, and it makes her sad death in the closing months of WWII that much more immediate and horrifying. I also wasn't ready for quite how much the adults in her attic world squabbled and picked at each other and the children as they tried to stay sane while forced to remain quiet throughout the days above a factory, every moment fearing betrayal, a casual mistake that would reveal their presence, or a more careful search by the Nazis. It must have been truly harrowing.This is a sad work but so important and so easy to read. Everyone ought to try it.

  • Molly
    2019-04-14 17:09

    I think I am supposed to feel more deeply about this book because it is about the hardships that jews had to go through to try (and fail) to survive during the holocaust, and that part is referenced and is really eerie and sad. but what I didnt remember about this book is that yeah, it is also written by a 13 year old girl and 13 year old girls are dramatic and annoying. so, glad I reread it, and understand its historical significance but I kind of had to push my way through the second half while anne went on and on about her brilliant self discovery and the boy upstairs. but what else are you going to write about when you havent left the same four rooms or the same 7 people for two years? I would have lost my fucking mind. Incidentally, I guess I searched the wrong title because I meant to put "The diary of a young girl" by Anne Frank. I did not read the play version listed here.

  • 121courtney
    2019-04-03 01:08

    I liked reading this book. The diary of anne frank gave me a greater understanding of how many jews were treated and punished during world war two when hitler was in power. During this time period, Hitler had taken millions of Jews into concentration camps and exterminated them. Anne told of her experience and wat she went through when hitler took over her town and nazis started taking families out of their homes. The diary of anne frank is being written as anne and her family go into hiding above her fathers old warehouse. I think people of all ages will like this book because it tells a lesson and teaches those of today's generation what people in germany and its surrounding countries went through during the 1940's.

  • 1sarah4622
    2019-03-23 18:12

    This book(diary) represents the hardships of jewish living during the holocaust. Since anne wanted to be a writer her book was published by her father. anne was an amazing writer, and it shows in this book. it shows the ups and the downs yet it also shows the daily life not just the exciting parts...... She didnt hide any of her emotions, this was clearly stated in the book" i must learn to open up to you because you may be the only one who can understand me while im stuck in here. this book is clearly amazing and should be given an award....... It has all of the things a good book longs for and so much more... Kudos anne frank.... kudos

  • Lauren
    2019-04-08 01:09

    I’m pretty sure I saw this staged when I was in elementary school. After all, it is one of those plays that educational theatre troupes love to perform.The Diary of Anne Frank – the play – does a decent job of summarizing the actual diary. Anne’s story is so heartbreaking that the play could be much worse and still pack an emotional punch, but this Pulitzer Prize winning adaptation is pretty good. I prefer the actual diary, but as far as plays with a heavy educational bent go, The Diary of Anne Frank is above average. Recommended.

  • Kelley
    2019-04-11 22:54

    Does anyone else feel weird saying you "really liked" books with horrific topics?Anyhow, I cannot believe I have never read this before.This young woman was an utter delight! So resilient, so dedicated, so bubbly and innocent, hopeful and smart. All that time writing and very little of it is about the atrocities happening all around them. I guess they were somewhat insulated only hearing stories of others intermittantly, but still, very little about their fear and so much about her hopes and dreams.Makes you think... and mourn.