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Should Anne Frank's life be novelised? With added steam?

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Should Anne Frank's life be novelised? With added steam?

Postby Miss Moppet » Tue July 13th, 2010, 7:52 pm

Annexed by Sharon Dogar will be published in the autumn.

My personal feeling? Distasteful and anachronistic - but I'm not sure that is a fair judgement, aside from the fact that I haven't read the book.

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Postby SonjaMarie » Tue July 13th, 2010, 7:59 pm

Disgust was on my face when I read your thread title, I can imagine how much worse my reaction would be to read the article!

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Postby Michy » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:00 pm

I tend to agree with you. Anne's diary has been such an icon for so long -- and is so powerful -- that I think any attempt to further "flesh out" her story will only cheapen it, no matter how good the writer may be. I, for one, am not interested in reading this new book.

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Postby boswellbaxter » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:16 pm

It leaves a bad taste in my mouth--not the novelization itself, but the "added steam." The more so because Anne has close relatives who are still alive.
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Postby Libby » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:29 pm

That is disgusting. I hope nobody buys this book.
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Postby Miss Moppet » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:31 pm

Anne told her own story so well I can't imagine anyone doing it better. Apart from that, it sounds like the book imposes modern values and mores onto a 1940s context.

More from the Guardian hereand here.

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Postby Michy » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:36 pm

"boswellbaxter" wrote:Anne has close relatives who are still alive.


That definitely makes it worse -- very, very distasteful. I had thought that perhaps all of her family is deceased and that's why someone decided to do such a book now. I didn't realize she still had family living. The Dutch woman who helped hide them (her name escapes me) just passed away last year, I think.

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Postby Misfit » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:37 pm

I'm speechless, especially over the "added steam" :mad: :mad:
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Postby Susan » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:45 pm

"Miss Moppet" wrote:Anne told her own story so well I can't imagine anyone doing it better. Apart from that, it sounds like the book imposes modern values and mores onto a 1940s context.


As someone who teaches Anne's diary to 8th graders, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Apart from explaining some British-isms and the context of World War II, I found that my urban 8th graders had no trouble understanding Anne's thoughts and feelings.
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Postby Susan » Tue July 13th, 2010, 8:47 pm

"Michy" wrote:That definitely makes it worse -- very, very distasteful. I had thought that perhaps all of her family is deceased and that's why someone decided to do such a book now. I didn't realize she still had family living. The Dutch woman who helped hide them (her name escapes me) just passed away last year, I think.


Miep Gies was one of several people who helped the people who hid, and yes, she did pass away last year. Distasteful, disrespectful and a desecration to the memory of all those who were in the Secret Annexe.
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