Recently I began choosing some classics from Goodreads. I've always heard of Diary of a Young Girl and how it was one of those type of books that you need to read at least once in your life, and it'll change you.
This is not a review, let's get that clear. Even though I've categorised it as one, it's not. A review is where you write the pros and cons, tear it apart and judge it personally as something fictional.
This is not a review of something fictional. This is a girl's diary. This is the diary of a girl during Nazi Germany.
I'm going to write how I felt during the diary and how it affected me.
This is the blurb!
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annexe" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.
In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short
And you want to know why I want to press that so much?
It's because this was a young girl's diary. Just like how I write in my diary every single night, this is what Anne Frank did during her experience of hiding from Nazis. She wrote in her diary, a diary which was her personal go to as a diary surely is.
So that's why I won't rate it, I won't write a pros or cons list, I won't share the parts I loved and the parts that I thought could be left out...because there is nothing for me to write like that.
This book is truly different. I'm very passionate about reading peoples' diaries or journals, like Joseph Smith's journals. There is something so personal and intimate about them, that really draws me. These are real experiences, real thoughts and feelings.
I'd recommend this diary to everyone to read, just to gain more understanding about that time and what those people went through. It's a diary that inspired me, made me realise that I was taking for granted SO MANY things that I'm not entitled to, or should even get but that I do.
Sometimes it's so easy to get distracted by every-day things in our life, we get so fixated on small little details that take up so much of our time, that we end up losing the precious gift of perspective.
Then we read, see, or hear something that makes us look at the things that we once placed so much importance on, and think to ourselves - "What's so important about it?"
I felt that that was what Anne's diary did for me. It made me reflect on what was truly important to me, and what things were distracting me or that I was placing too much superficial importance on. It made me realise that, in a crisis or catastrophe, the things that I was spending majority of my time on was made useless. I would not care for them at all, and it just gave me this shock of why am I spending my time on it then?
This is a very special diary, and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read it. I hope more people do, as it's one of those special little treasures in life where happiness and inspiration can sprout from such a terrible tragedy.
The most influential quote for me, personally, was...
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”