“Never forget the importance of history. To know nothing of what happened before you took your place on earth, is to remain a child for ever and ever.” -Anonymous
I’m familiar with idiots on the internet. And I’m quite familiar with some of the assholes who review books on Amazon. I like to troll though sometimes and read what the internet crazies have to say. Some of my favorite book reviews to read through include anything by Dan Savage, anything by Inga Musico, Sperm Wars, and any book regarding atheism (but especially anything by Christopher Hitchens). Just go check out the reviews for those.
This article outlines the negative reviews that have been left on an array of classics on Amazon. I’m particularly fond of this review of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn:
“This book is 3 words over and over again: MY LIFE IS BAD. 500 pages and that’s all it says.”
Like the author, I then ventured over to Amazon to see the comments on The Diary Of Anne Frank. The book has 26 1-star reviews and 12 2-star reviews. Seriously? A few of these can be chalked up to the short-sighted and self-centeredness of the high school students being forced to read the text for English class. One is someone bitching about the poor translation. (I can’t comment on the quality of the translation, since I don’t speak German.)
This person questions the authenticity of the book:
“I must say i have to question the authenticity of this “diary”…Does that make me a nazi, an anti-semite? to most people it would which is totally stupid in my mind.”
Apparently, they doubt the veracity of the book since the “textbook view” of a concentration camp is that all women were gassed.
Another questions Anne Frank’s literary ability:
“Anne Frank may have become a big writer, but only because she was Jewish and “suffered” during the Nazi era, not because she was a particularly good writer.”
Note that suffered appears in quotes. I’d venture that dying of TB in a concentration camp counts as suffering without the air quotes.
Or the guy who claims that other reviewers didn’t read The Diary critically enough:
“In truth, this diary of Anne’s is just plain, bloody awful and doesn’t deserve its classic status to say the least!!!! I suppose the hordes of five-star reviewers simply turned off their brains, refused to analyze Anne’s diary critically, and just subserviently jumped on the bandwagon of conventional wisdom, where her diary is hailed a “classic.” BS!!!!”
Yeah, the 14 year old girl really should have put more work into ensuring her private diary would stand up to a literary critique.
This isn’t a book. It’s a diary written by young teenage girl. It was never intended to be published. She wasn’t trying to speak about the human condition or chronicle the events of the Holocaust. She was a kid, stuck in an attic, while her entire world was being destroyed outside a window she couldn’t look out of.