bursting with frustrated life


India - Hindi
Despite the monumental differences in our situations, I identified strongly with this eloquent girl my own age. Here predicament burned in my thoughts : How she hid from the Nazis in a tiny annexe above her father's Amsterdam office building bursting with frustrated life, "like a canary in a cage."

Please explain the highlighted group of words.
  • palomnik

    Senior Member
    "bursting with frustrated life" modifies "she", that is, the girl.

    I can understand your confusion, and the sentence is not really well written. "Bursting" here is what we call a "dangling participle" in English, and on first reading the sentence it seems as if it is the building that is bursting with frustrated life, which makes no sense.
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