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The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank: A Novel par [Feldman, Ellen]
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Longueur : 288 pages Langue : Anglais

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"An appealing and inventive novel…original and cathartic."—Dana Kennedy, New York Times

On February 16, 1944, Anne Frank recorded in her diary that Peter, whom she at first disliked but eventually came to love, had confided in her that if he got out alive, he would reinvent himself entirely. This is the story of what might have happened if the boy in hiding survived to become a man.

Peter arrives in America, the land of self-creation; he flourishes in business, marries, and raises a family. He thrives in the present, plans for the future, and has no past. But when The Diary of a Young Girl is published to worldwide acclaim and gives rise to bitter infighting, he realizes the cost of forgetting.

Based on extensive research of Peter van Pels and the strange and disturbing life Anne Frank's diary took on after her death, this is a novel about the memory of death, the death of memory, and the inescapability of the past. Reading group guide included.

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  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company; Édition : 1 (17 mai 2006)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliantly conceived and executed 21 mai 2014
Par cjw522 - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
What a story line! Truly brilliantly conceived. And the writing is elegant, grammatically correct (sadly, so unusual) and gripping. Ms. Feldman first came to my attention through a free ebook offer. After reading it, I immediately bought this one, and will continue to buy and read her other books. If her other writings are half as imaginative and well written, I will have come upon a new author from whom I wait for new works. The title of the book pretty much hints at the premise up front, and I am amazed at the mind of Ms. Feldman to come up with such an original story line. I had read a favorable review in the NY Times Book Review when first published, but having read the book, feel that review did not do the book justice. While the protagonists can be maddening at times, I found my self always rooting for him to find peace of soul. I will not go into the story, but urge anyone interested in WWII, Anne Frank, post war America, the plight of Holocaust survivors, historical novels generally, and of the struggle of refugees from any trauma to assimilate to read this.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Search For Identity 27 juin 2012
Par Robert E. Bagdon - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The Boy Who Loved Ann Frank. By Ellen Feldman
Virtually every teenager I know has read Ann Frank's Diary, usually as part of a language arts class. "He (Peter) said that after the war he'd make sure nobody would know he was Jewish." (Ann Frank, Feb.,1944). Peter van Daan died in Mauthausen concentration camp, May, 1945. Ellen Feldman, a master of the historically based fiction genre (Lucy;The Scottsboro Boys) has written an imaginative, engrossing story centered on Peter's search for identity had he survived. Known as Peter Van Pels, he has entered the US in 1946 bringing memories of quiet,fear, painfully aware that relatives, friends and other people have perished, and after experiencing the insecurity of being a displaced person.Entering the customs shed as an inexperienced immigrant, (The customs officer mutters:"Van Pels. A good American name. As American as Stuyvesant. Not one of the Chosen") Peter exits the shed as a gentile American embarking on the American Dream from waiter, taxi driver to home builder living in "Indian Hills, Middlesex County,NJ with shade trees, fresh cut grass,sprinklers that fling rainbows on lawns" only to be engulfed by the European nightmare. Triggered by finding that his Jewish wife owns a copy of Ann Frank's Diary, Peter reads sections of the Diary secretly. Due to emotional trauma, he loses his voice and seeks out Dr. Gabor, a Psychiatrist. Here the author describes the thoughts and feelings of the patient interacting with the therapist with considerable insight.
In his quest for identity, does not cross over the Jordan to "The Promised Land" but crosses the Goethals Bridge to Staten Island and enters a synagogoue. The author captures the cadence of the conversation between Peter and a congregant exceptionally well. In addition to the absorbing story, the sentence structure and imagery is brilliant. As a teenager in the 1940's, I read Thomas Wolfe's stream of conscious novel "You Can't Go Home again" which became a classic. In "The Boy Who Loved Ann Frank" Peter Van Pels does go home again by regaining his Jewish identity. Ellen Feldman has written an Amazon classic of historical fiction.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Alternate History 5 juin 2005
Par Timothy Haugh - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
In view of full disclosure I will lead with the following comment: I am a bit of an amateur scholar of all things Anne Frank and so I am disposed towards liking something along the lines of a novel like this. That being said, if you accept the premise of this novel, then I think it is a very good one.

Of course, anyone familiar with the Anne Frank story will know the premise is based on an inaccuracy: that Peter van Pels survived the war and made his way to America. It is well established that Peter van Pels died in Mauthausen concentration camp in May 1945. So that puts this novel firmly in the genre of alternate history. But if you can allow yourself the suspension of disbelief over this one point The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank is an interesting one.

What made the novel enjoyable for me after leaping that first big hurdle is that the "Peter" Ms. Feldman gives us is a realistic one. I found him to be a convincing character. His struggles with denial and anger, atheism and Judaism, episodes of madness, as well as his desire to just live a normal life in the wake of his experiences all came across as very authentic. And, of course, Peter's story is heightened by the growing fame of Anne Frank and her story from the 1950's on. His reactions to Anne's diary and its subsequent dramatizations for stage and screen seem real.

This leads me to what I think is the other brilliant part of this novel: it accurately tells the story of the rise of the Anne Frank story in American and world consciousness through the publication of the diary and then the production of the stage play and movie. Peter never interacts directly with the results of Anne's developing fame (despite a few attempts) so he becomes a great observer of the actual historical unfolding, including some of the lesser known events like Meyer Levin's lawsuit against Otto Frank and the debate over inaccuracies in the diary.

Most importantly, however, it is simply a good read. The story is a fascinating one and is handled well. It is interesting for those of us who are very familiar with Anne's diary and will open the eyes of those who may only have peripheral knowledge of Anne's story. It is well worth reading.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent alternate history 2 novembre 2007
Par Will o' the Wisp - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I've always enjoyed alternate history books but they normally deal with the large scale---what if the South had won the Civil War? If the Nazis had won WWII? "The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank" is an alternate history but only about the life of a man who wants to be anonymous and not claim his link to one of the most celebrated people of the 20th Century.

In real life, Peter van Pels and his parents spent over 2 years hiding with the Frank family and another man, Fritz Pfeffer, in "the secret annex" of Otto Frank's food sales business. Nazis find them on Aug. 4, 1944 and all 8 of them are sent to concentration camps. In the end, only Otto Frank survives. A few years after the war, he has the diary of his daughter, Anne, published and it becomes an international sensation, to this day one of the most widely read books in the world. Peter van Pels died in a concentration camp only days before it was liberated.

Ellen Feldman's book has Peter surviving the war and immigrating to America. He knows his parents have died in the camps and has no reason to change his name, but he does decide to deny being a Jew (something the real Peter had told Anne he would do should he survive the war). Van Pels marries a Jewish woman, has children and thrives as a businessman.

A few years later though Anne's diary is published and Peter is stricken with guilt over having survived the war while everyone else in the Annex died. He struggles with his denial of his Jewish past and takes issue with what he feels is the false portrayal of his family in the subsequent book and movie based on the diary. But since Anne had used pseudonyms for his family in the book, no one realizes that the book's Peter van Daan is really Peter van Pels.

I found this book to be very engrossing and I found Peter's struggle with his past and identity to be very powerful. In truth, he's still in hiding, hiding in plain sight perhaps, but still hiding. Only he knows the truth about himself but he keeps silent. Why? Does he resent the celebrity given Anne and her family? Is he ashamed that he was the only survivor? Is he a self-hating Jew? When he tries to finally claim his real past, he finds that few if any even believe him.

This is a book well worth reading but my only complaint is that the book never explores more the relationship between Peter and Anne. If you've read Anne's book then you know that at one point she was infatuated with him but that her feelings towards him had been cooling before the family was ultimately captured by the Nazis. But what really were Peter's feelings towards Anne? That was missing from this book and I feel it would've made the book even better. That being said, it is still a very well-written book and well worth reading. If you are like me and have tried to read everything you can about Anne Frank, this is required reading.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful Read 21 août 2015
Par Marina - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is a beautifully written story of a very ugly past. I was entranced not only by Feldman's storytelling, but also her prose. The book is both slow and momentous at the same time, with no major turns but also no slowing down of the emotions that the characters experience. The story of a young girl continues to remind us of our past, and continues to remind Peter of a love that, no matter how hard he tries, he will never be able to let go.
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