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Anne Frank: A Hidden Life [Paperback]

By Mirjam Pressler (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2001
Publisher   Puffin
ISBN  0141312262  
EAN  9780141312262  
UPC  051488007999  


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Outline ReviewMany young people first encounter the terrible reality of the Nazi Holocaust through reading the diaries of Anne Frank. Teens who cherish that unforgettable literary and emotional experience will be fascinated by the additional insights in Anne Frank: A Hidden Life. Mirjam Pressler draws on her background as editor of Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition to explain the three versions of the Anne Frank diaries, to discuss newly revealed material, and to speculate on Anne's spiritual and sexual development during her three-year confinement in the secret annex. Pressler's title takes on a double meaning as she analyzes Anne's "hidden life," the "much deeper, purer, and finer" self the young girl wrote about wistfully but concealed from the others with a faade of cheerful outspokenness. Pressler also uses the eyewitness testimonies of the Frank family's helper Miep Gies, Anne's school friend Hanneli Goslar, and Otto Frank's stepdaughter Eva Schloss to expand our understanding of the other inhabitants of the Annex and to follow them through those unfathomable seven months in the death camps.

Anne Frank's remarkable diaries have been the subject of many other books, from learned essays to historical studies to picture books and poetry. Teens with an interest in the life of this cultural icon may also want to read Anne Frank: The Biography, The Last Seven Months of Anne Frank, and Memories of Anne Frank. (Ages 11 and older) --Patty Campbell


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Anne Frank's diary gives readers an intimate portrait of her life in hiding. But what else do we know about Anne? What did others think of her? Here, surviving friends and neighbors describe Anne as a child, and the people who protected her during the war describe the Secret Annex. Sections from Anne's diary that were recently made public give readers a closer look at the girl who wrote, "I want to go on living even after my death!"

"With balance and poignancy, Anne Frank: A Hidden Life succeeds in conveying both the individuality of the most famous Holocaust victim and the enormity of the tragedy that consumed her."
-The Horn Book

"This astonishing biography succeeds in delivering fresh and provocative insights. Incisive and vigorously imaginative..."
-Publisher's Weekly, starred review



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Wondering Around  Apr 25, 2008
With so much that has been written about Anne Frank it can be difficult to find a new angle on a life cut short. "Anne Frank: A Hidden Life" by Mirjam Pressler is not a straightforward biography, but rather a sketch that includes aspects of Anne's life, her diary entries, and the author's wonderings as well. She has set a wide net to fill a small canvas, and the writing too often reads like extended (and sometimes repetitive) footnotes.

There is not a lot of new information that is given in "Hidden Life". For anyone who has read beyond the diary (like Miep Gies memoir or Carol Ann Lee's exceptional "The Hidden Life of Otto Frank"), much of what Pressler relates is not new. What she does add to the Anne Frank lexicon, as an expert on Anne's life and editor of the definitive edition of her diary, is her own thoughts and analysis into life within the Secret Annex. She tries to round out the lives of the other occupants and of their helpers but there is too little firsthand information to do so. The best point she makes is in examining Anne's desire and craft as a writer: one must remember that Anne began editing her diary for eventual publication and may have crafted her fellow Annex companions into characters, or sometimes even caricatures, and may not have captured the real person.

It is indeed a shame that Anne Frank's life was cut short, and while we have her voice, it would be nice to know these people beyond her words; (and a better attempt was made by Barry Denenberg in "Shadow Life", where he crafted a diary that Margot Frank might have kept while in hiding). That seems to be the point Mirjam Pressler makes, but "Anne Frank: A Hidden Life" doesn't deliver on that premise. At best, it is a companion piece to the diary for young adults (its targeted audience) that expounds upon that final sentence "Anne's diary ends here" with details of her life before and after going into hiding.
 
The Missing Link  Dec 9, 2003
"A Hidden Life" A book is worth a thousand words, this is worth 10,000.
Mirjam Pressler has created a chapter book that includes the others who affiliate with Anne's story, and personalities through the whole book. This book is not just about how Anne suffered it's about everyone and what they had to do to survive. It gives deeper insight on whom Otto Frank was, Margot and other people I didn't even know, who also shared the same agony. This book is the final chapter to all books; it gives every event from beginning to end; past to present. You can easily tell this book took time to write, most books you read on Anne are usually just bits and pieces taken out Anne's diary, there is no mention of anyone else, any mention of who Anne was before the Secret Annex or as a person for that matter. This book was different. I know that the author's purpose for writing this book is the same reason I decide to read this book. She wanted to give everyone a chance to know the whole story, and not from one point of view. The story doesn't just surround the horrible event taken place it let us to know Anne before the Secret Annex, during the changing of the Jewish laws, and after, when all was done. To me it's the "missing link" to all Anne Frank biographies. Anne Frank herself could only write a better book.
 
The Missing Link  Dec 4, 2003
"A Hidden Life" A book is worth a thousand words, this is worth 10,000.
Mirjam Pressler has created a chapter book that includes the others who affiliate with Anne's story, and personalities through the whole book. This book is not just about how Anne suffered it's about everyone and what they had to do to survive. It gives deeper insight on whom Otto Frank was, Margot and other people I didn't even know, who also shared the same agony.

This book is the final chapter to all books; it gives every event from beginning to end; past to present. You can easily tell this book took time to write, most books you read on Anne are usually just bits and pieces taken out Anne's diary, there is no mention of anyone else, any mention of who Anne was before the Secret Annex or as a person for that matter. This book was different.

I know that the author's purpose for writing this book is the same reason I decide to read this book. She wanted to give everyone a chance to know the whole story, and not from one point of view. The story doesn't just surround the horrible event taken place it let us to know Anne before the Secret Annex, during the changing of the Jewish laws, and after, when all was done. To me it's the "missing link" to all Anne Frank biographies. Anne Frank herself could only write a better book.

 
Biography & Analysis  Feb 24, 2001
If you are looking for a book that is straight biography, then this is not the book for you. There is biographical material, of course, but there are better biographies of Anne out there. This is already a very slight book and Pressler has more on her mind than biography. She is also interested in analyzing Anne's life and, in particular, her relationships with the people she knew.

Pressler is an "expert on the life of Anne Frank" so many of her observations clearly come from a solid basis in research. Much of it seems to be coming from the Critical Edition of Anne's Diary and from Miep Gies' book, Anne Frank Remembered. (These are two excellent books I would read before reading this.) Still, for someone who has already formed an idea about Anne some of Pressler's opinions can be disconcerting, particularly when it comes to her analysis of Anne's sexuality.

This does not mean Pressler's opinions are not worthwhile. For someone truly interested in imagining a full picture of a real person, there is a lot of food for thought in this book whether you end up agreeing with Pressler or not. However, this book goes beyond the simple hero-worship in which Anne's memory usually finds itself.

In my fairly wide reading on the subject of Anne's life, this book is unique in its attempt to understand Anne as a real person beyond the character she creates for herself in the Diary. Since this is an impossible task, all attempts are somehow tinged with futility, especially for someone who never knew Anne in life (unlike Gies and van Maarsen, for example). This casts a pall over this book which Pressler, unlike some highly talented biographers, does not quite have the ability to overcome. However, this book could be very important in opening up the field for a future analysis that may be better.

 
Melissa's was better...  Feb 21, 2001
Just have to tell you that - I read this first, found it okay. It IS a great and easy read - full of interest, don't get me wrong - but it's just not 'the best.' - for that check out Melissa's biography. It just REALLY puts you there and is amazing with detail!
 

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