Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today’s teaser comes from ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’ by Anne Frank. According to my edition, there are 3 versions of the diary at present. Version A is the original unedited edition, version B was edited later my Anne herself which includes extended passages, and version C was edited by Otto Frank, Anne’s father to protect the identity of others (and exclude unflattering passages about the family). I currently hold the text based on the B version of the text from where this excerpt is taken.
“Not being able to go outside upsets me more than I can say, and I’m terrified out hiding place will be discovered and that we’ll be shot. That, of course, is a fairly dismal prospect.”
I’ve read up to page 60 so far, and finding Anne’s account of life undercover fascinating. As I read I’m aware that she did go back and smooth out a lot of her mistakes, probably omitting entries that were a bit too personal, because she intended to publish her diary after the war. Unfortunately that wasn’t to be, as she and her family (except for her father) died at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in August 1944, shortly before the British gained control of it in April 1945. One of the officers who came to read Anne’s diary was affected by her story so much that he said, ‘I was too late to save Anne’.
If you haven’t read this work yet, I suggest you do. Anne comes across as a bright, clever girl that I am growing to like. I am dreading her final entry even now.