23 Jan Book #2 – The Play of the Diary of Anne Frank
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Though the focus is only on the people in the annex who lived with Anne and her family during World War 2, the story gave me some insight on how Jewish people were living under the radars. It shows another perspective of World War 2. While I was reading, I almost felt like I was there; and at the same time, I imagined sitting in the audience looking at a stage. In that regard, the play is written exquisitely. For me, the story felt real, and I’m guessing very close to the original story.
The play in written from gives enough detail for the reader to imagine the scenes, but like a screenplay, it lacks the information of what characters think and feel, leaving it up to the viewer / reader to figure it out – unless the character explains it verbally, or in this case, through writing. Luckily the play begins with Anne’s words in the diary (now I can’t confirm if those words are exactly from her diary, or adaptions, since I haven’t read the original published Diary of Anne Frank, but I can only assume that her diary had to be ‘cleaned up’ to communicate better for a play), and continues either at the start- or end of each scene with a voice-over. During Anne’s voice-over, we are given insight to what she thought at that moment – but I can’t recall the voice-overs containing much of her feelings or thoughts.
The book is written for dramatic purposes, and for directors who would like to have this play performed in a theater or at school. It is not written for relaxation. The book contains suggestions and directions of what should be done during the play, and even includes questions in the back of the book.
It can be read just for the story, but it doesn’t have the same effect as reading a novel. I would rather go and buy the book that the play is based on and read that instead. I do commend the writers of the play for creating an amazing piece of drama.
I feel sorry for the stage actors and actresses who had to memorize all these lines. I don’t think I’d be able to pull it off.
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK
It’s a family play, thus there are no scenes of violence and no strong language. The story is based on actual events, which increased my feeling of realism for it.
MY OVERALL RATING: 8/10
My next book is: “Jock of the Bushveld“ by Sir FitzPatrick – the 1984 edition, and I’ll post my review of it next week.
Currently people are doing whatever they can to save water by:
- showering standing in buckets to capture water and using that for flushing toilets
- giving extremely limited water, or “grey water” (rain water harvested in drums) for plants
- harvesting rain water in 200L or larger drums
- not washing cars
- washing dishes once a week; and
- washing clothes using little water.
This affects the entire Cape Town population and surrounding towns. All we can do, really, is pray for rain to come from April.