Had to reread this to support a student sitting it for her exam. Cried waaaay more than the first time. Clearly it hasn’t lost its touch in the last decade!
I’m sure there are a few purists out there who might feel shocked that I’m about to give this graphic adaptation of the iconic Diary of Anne Frank a rave review. But in the words of adaptor Ari Folman, “I wish to declare that we are sensitive to and aware of the liberties that we have taken, and that our goal was always foremost to honor and preserve the spirit of Anne Frank in each and every frame.” In this, they absolutely succeed. This is a stunning graphic representation of Anne’s innermost thoughts, one which actually allowed me to see her in a different light. For example, when Anne concludes that she’s, “made up my mind to lead a different life from others girls, and not to become an ordinary housewife later on,” there is a gorgeous depiction of her as an adult woman sitting at a desk, with various framed images on the wall behind from her time in the Annex. As my husband pointed out, Anne lives forever frozen in our minds as a young girl; these images gave me the push I needed to actually think about who she might have become had she had the opportunity to fulfill her potential.
The pictures are stunning and the choices of what to include I think leave you satisfied that you’ve captured Anne’s story. Towards the end, as her thoughts become more and more mature, the editors increasingly include whole passages from the diary. Anne’s writing still succeeds in reminding us that each generation faces the same dilemmas, no matter the issues of the day. I will leave you with this as a final thought, because Anne, in her timeless manner, manages to capture the way I feel everyday when I read the news, or hear basically anything about American or British politics:
“It’s utterly impossible for me to build my life on a foundation of chaos, suffering, and death. I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness, I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too, I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too will end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. In the meantime, I must hold on to my ideals.
Perhaps the day will come when I’ll be able to realize them!”
Max is a book that talks about the Nazi method set in 1936. Max is a young boy who is brought up as an orphan to follow the Nazi lifestyle. He later meets a young boy named Lukas who is against the way of the Nazi system, and things begin to take a turn for the worst. In my opinion, the book is a sad but realistic read, and kind of reminds me of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.