Shelves: germany , holocaust , young-adult , judaism , netherlands , netgalley , reviewed , arc , fiction Annexed was a bold undertaking. On some levels, it paid off. He longs for her while trapped in the annex, and the narrative does not shy away from Annexed was a bold undertaking. He longs for her while trapped in the annex, and the narrative does not shy away from some of his more "vivid" dreams of her.
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Shelves: germany , holocaust , young-adult , judaism , netherlands , netgalley , reviewed , arc , fiction Annexed was a bold undertaking. On some levels, it paid off.
He longs for her while trapped in the annex, and the narrative does not shy away from Annexed was a bold undertaking. He longs for her while trapped in the annex, and the narrative does not shy away from some of his more "vivid" dreams of her. Was she necessary? In all likelihood, Peter would have had to grapple with teenage hormones while confined in close quarters with so many other people.
The fictional Liese was effective in her role here, driving home just how much Peter was missing while cooped up in the annex. It was the interactions between Peter and Anne that felt a bit off to me. Anne came off as rather daft when seen through his eyes. I never got that impression of her from the diary, but I also read it twice when I was a teenager, when I was around her age.
In this regard, I felt that the book sometimes missed the mark when it came to characterizing Anne. She was a teenager, yes, but was she really that spoiled, careless, flirtatious, annoyingly optimistic, etc.? Would she and Peter really have been that frank with one another about sex? I feel like I need to reread the diary now to make a fair evaluation of this book.
In some scenes, Peter asks Anne not to write about something in her diary. This feels like a cop-out, a way to introduce fictional conversations and events into a true story chronicled quite closely in a daily diary. The most poignant part of the book was, for the most part, pure fiction. Dogar tells us in the epilogue that she has constructed this section from secondhand accounts and pure imagination.
Again, this proves effective. Part II does a good job arguably, too good a job of depicting the concentration camp experience. They were rather dry e. My only stylistic complaint was that the writing felt a bit staccato. Lots of sentence fragments. One-sentence paragraphs. A disproportionate number of simple sentences. This was effective in times of suspense, but sometimes made it difficult to connect with Peter during more contemplative moments in the story.
Overall, I give this book points for bravery. But it is also a nice attempt to lend voice to a figure who, across the decades, has remained secondary to the story. And there can never be too many novels to remind us of what people are capable of doing to one another. Disclaimer: I received the galley proofs of this title from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for review.
Annexed by Sharon Dogar
Pinterest A few days ago, I wrote a research paper on historical fiction and the Holocaust for my PhD applications. I mostly discussed The Grey Zone, comparing it to its primary source and the play and film. I walked into this book cautiously, even though I was excited to read it. I had read excerpts from it and loved the writing, but was prepared to hate it because of reviews that denounced the book for being too sexually explicit. Supposedly, Dogar wrote a scene in which Anne and Peter had intercourse, but I must have missed that scene. All there seemed to be in the way of sex was some heavy petting and some fantasizing on his part.