What's to Become of the Boy? Or, Something to Do with Books

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What s to Become of the Boy Or Something to Do with Books In Heinrich Boll returned to the streets of his childhood in this remarkable collection of nonfiction This volume captures the musings of a mature Boll as he looks back with fondness and with an
  • Title: What's to Become of the Boy? Or, Something to Do with Books
  • Author: Heinrich Böll Leila Vennewitz
  • ISBN: 9780810112087
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1981, Heinrich Boll returned to the streets of his childhood in this remarkable collection of nonfiction This volume captures the musings of a mature Boll as he looks back with fondness and with anger on his formative years as a student who avoided school but lived for his education on the street and as a young man forced to grapple with the moral horror that was HitIn 1981, Heinrich Boll returned to the streets of his childhood in this remarkable collection of nonfiction This volume captures the musings of a mature Boll as he looks back with fondness and with anger on his formative years as a student who avoided school but lived for his education on the street and as a young man forced to grapple with the moral horror that was Hitler What s to Become of the Boy superbly translated by Leila Vennewitz provides uncommon insight into Boll s maturation as an author and as a man.
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    Was soll aus dem Jungen blo werden Oder Irgendwas mit B chern What s to Become of the Boy Or, Something to Do with Books, Heinrich B ll 2002 1380 78 9647362137 1917 1985 20 1933 1937

    I probably haven t found the right book translation yet but from what I ve read 13 Stories, Billiards at Half Past Nine, and this I m not the biggest B ll fan This reads like the first draft of distant personal history recollected in tranquility It s worth an hour s reading to get a sense of an apparently parallel time, but it doesn t really offer a guide or insight into navigating daily life as storm clouds gather If you re not oppressed as an oppressive totalitarian government gains power, you [...]

    Heinrich B ll gan un Nobel de literatura por ser uno de los representantes literarios m s importantes de la Alemania de la posguerra Yo no sab a qui n era Compr Pero qu ser de este muchacho porque el t tulo me llam la atenci n Tiene solo cien p ginas B ll recuerda sus d as de instituto, en Colonia, justo cuando Hitler ascendi al poder podr a haber ascendido a los cielos o a los infiernos directamente y nos habr a ahorrado a todos mucho sufrimiento Tambi n las hogueras de libros, las premonicione [...]

    Interesting, thankfully sometimes humorous, writer giving us a glimpse at his life in 1936 37 during Hitler s reign Interesting time he chose to focus on I liked what he did share about the people and few events covered in his life at this time, though I never felt I got a full sense of this author I wanted I also didn t get a real sense of his family his explanations didn t always fit my impressions from previous pages, so it was confusing to get a hold on them Other characters, like his broth [...]

    An excellent little mini memoir is sad and frightening One of the two major parties in the country of my birth and citizenship recently nominated a fascist for president This book recounts the author s high school years as the Nazis rise to power His family were anti Nazi but not resistance fighters They didn t imagine leaving Germany they imagined putting their children through school, finding a trade for each child, getting contracts for the family business in order to keep food on the table T [...]

    This book is so short that you don t even have time to mark it as Currently Reading In fact, this is probably the only bad thing about the book it s just too darn short Almost wonder why B ll bothered to write it at all A candid memoir, a look at the author s high school years, a glimpse of his family life parents, brothers sisters , a peek into his ways of escaping the Nazi madness around him, and sadly not much Interesting Yes Recommended Of course, but bring something else to read this one j [...]

    Another book I bought for myself on Mother s Day, from a little shop in Ann Arbor specializing in well preserved first editions I picked this up hoping for hints on how to live in a time when all around you seem consumed by power and hate and scapegoating What I got was a somewhat disjointed memoir of a man looking back at his teen years from many years distant It was as much of a memoir of the ways memory deceives and disorders and lumps impossible things together as it was a memoir of coming o [...]

    Vzpom nky Henricha B lla na koln l ta 1933 37 , kter str vil asto za kolou, kv li a n ck m, b u iteli katechismu, c byla to nuda Easy read, nic p evratn ho Zaj mav momenty p iznan neschopnost vybavit si n jak podrobnosti z vislost na pervitinu u itel literatury, kter na p kladu Mein Kampfu vysv tloval sv m student m, e by m li ps t stru n tzn ka d ch 5 stran textu zkr til na 2 Following the insistent advice of our block warden, we too acquired a swastika flag after 1936, albeit a small one on da [...]

    A short memoir by Heinrich B ll, born in Cologne in 1927, whose proletarian, Catholic, and staunch anti Nazi family went through all the trials of Nazism and WWII The memoir covers his four years in high school after Hitler came to power in 1933, through the burning of Reichstag, and Prussian occupation of Rheinland, events leading up to the war B ll himself, coming of age at that time, in severely limited circumstances, faced with the choice of career and a future in the environment where, it w [...]

    The title What s to Become of the Boy should arouse neither false hopes nor false fears Not every boy whose family and friends have reason t ask themselves and him this externally apprehensive question does, after various delays and roundabout approaches, eventually become a writer and I would also like to stress that, at the time it was put, this question was both serious and warranted In fact, I am not sure whether my mother, were she still alive, wouldn t still be asking he same question toda [...]

    A brief account, in the author s inimitable dry style, of his school years under the Nazis Not perhaps one of his great works, but a small treasure all the same, despite the inclusion of details about people the reader may know nothing about and the lack of details about those the reader may want about As always B ll presents a view of civic, family, political, and religious life in which the combination of head and heart is quite unlike anyone else s.

    I haven t read Boll s fiction partly I m sure because of my innate suspicion of writers who get much acclaim and big awards so I thought this short memoir would be a painless way to get a taste And it is It s a very fine work, sly, funny, honest, pulling no punches about the Nazis So maybe now I ll be able to make myself read one of his novels.

    I didn t care for this book at all To me, it was just this collection of random memories from a guy who came of age during the rise of the Nazis No real engine to the story.

    In the introduction to this memoir of life in Cologne, Germany, during 1933 1937, Anne Applebaum writes that the book makes an ideal short introduction to Boll, the writer, as well as to Boll, the person Having not yet read any of the fiction from this Nobel Prize winner, I cannot attest to the veracity of this claim I do agree with her that it offers an unusual perspective on Hitler s rise to power, though she says that is as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy when in fact he wrote this in [...]

    It is only now that I can appreciate, comprehend, how utterly horrified my family must have been when, between quitting my bookseller s apprenticeship and starting my stint in the Labor Service, between February and November 1938, when I was not yet twenty one and in the very midst of firmly entrenched Nazi terror I actually set out to be a free lance writer A third star almost solely because of the historical facts and atmosphere the biking holidays, abundant parenthetical asides, and inclinati [...]

    B LL, Heinrich Was soll aus dem Jungen blo werden Oder Irgendwas mit B chern , M nchen 1985 lter werdende Menschen blicken gerne auf ihr Leben zur ck So auch der ber 60 j hrige B ll Im vorliegenden Buch beschr nkt er seine biografische Erz hlung auf die Jahre 1933 bis 1937, wo er sich prim r mit dem Auftreten des Nationalsozialismus besch ftigt Seine Familie war gegen diese politische Richtung und Heinrich war weiter in katholischen Kreisen aktiv Der Besuch der Mittelschule bewahrte ihn vor der [...]

    Non ogni ragazzo i cui parenti e amici pongono con ragione, a s e a lui, questa domanda eternamente allarmata, diventa, dopo alcuni intoppi e giri viziosi e deviazioni, scrittore, e vorrei sottolineare che la domanda, quando fu posta, era tanto seria quanto giustificata, e non so se mia madre, se fosse ancora viva, non chiederebbe anche oggi, allo stesso modo CHE COSA FAREMO DI QUESTO RAGAZZO Forse ogni tanto bisognerebbe porre questa domanda persino ad anziani politici di successo, ai principi [...]

    This is an excellent short memoir about schools, Catholics, and the early days of the Nazi power in Germany Has a few quotable quotes and quite a few poignant observations about teachers, poverty, and gaining experience while being at outside of school.

    Fun little book B ll reminds me of Vonnegut with his warm, satiric yet humane touch It was cut a little short, though Could ve been easily 10 times longer.

    Lyhyt l pileikkaus kirjailijan kouluvuosista natsien valtaannousun aikaan Ei p t , ei h nt miniromaanissa ei selvinnyt mit siit pojasta loppujen lopuksi tuli.

    Known for his famous titles Billiards at Half Past Nine, The Clown, and Group Portrait with Lady, among others, Heinrich B ll details his high school years set against the impending backdrop of Nazism in this short memoir B ll came from a family that though not Jewish, was a feverishly anti Nazi one living on the cusp of the party s full power Living in poverty as a consequence of rejecting the political enthusiasm sweeping Germany, B ll s family lived dangerously on the edge, splurging on book [...]

    This book offered a unique perspective into Nazi Germany but from a perspective I haven t read from before a German boy whose family is against Hitler There are some humorous bits of this book such as when the narrator s mother described Hitler as a Rovekopp which is German for turnip head Heinrich Boll is able to provide rare insight from the perspective of a little boy into practices the Nazis did such as burning books, calling it an embarrassing and pathetic exercise I enjoyed particularly th [...]

    This book offered a unique perspective into Nazi Germany but from a perspective I haven t read from before a German boy whose family is against Hitler There are some humorous bits of this book such as when the narrator s mother described Hitler as a Rovekopp which is German for turnip head Heinrich Boll is able to provide rare insight from the perspective of a little boy into practices the Nazis did such as burning books, calling it an embarrassing and pathetic exercise I enjoyed particularly th [...]

    A short, heavily punctuated autobiography of the schoolboy Heinrich B ll within which the author describes the rise of Nazism and its impact on his daily life, family, friends, and mentors Despite the B ll s brevity here the book is just 80 pages , he manages a handful of moments of pure bliss For example, of his family s demeanor in the face of poverty, he writes I can t say it was a good time We were both depressed and reckless, not the slightest bit sensible At the very moment when we could l [...]

    Heinrich B ll beschreibt in diesen Erinnerungen skizzenhaft seine letzten Schuljahre in der Zeit zwischen 1933 und 1937 unter den Nationalsozialisten Weder wird dabei eine umfassende Darstellung der Verh ltnisse gegeben noch Objektivit t oder Repr sentativit t vorgegaukelt Stattdessen steht bewusst Subjektives im Vordergrund Da geht es nicht nur um Nazis, sondern auch um Dostojewski Die Klarheit ber den kommenden Krieg mischt sich mit der Unklarheit ber die eigene Zukunft Vieles wird nur angedeu [...]

    I read this book for the 2016 Reading Challenge A Book Under 150 Pages category.I was interested in reading this because I ve heard good things about the author, but also that because it was a different perspective during WWII than I ve ever read You have a glimpse into the life of a Catholic family that was very Anti Nazi, but in low key way They had to fly the flag, but made sure to have the smallest possible I got a kick out of the fact that the school children studied Mien Kampf for the sole [...]

    I enjoyed Heinrich Boll s memoir style writing on his perspective of the Nazi rise during his teen years of the 1930s and I found everything very interesting The author, however, tends to list lots of street name and names of people without much explanation, so I would have liked a little depth It was a good quick read but I would not necessarily recommend people to read this book, because I did not get much valuable lessons out of it.

    B ll used to be one of my favorite authors, but I d never read this memoir An interesting story about growing up after the Nazi takeover in Germany in the 1930s, but clearly from his later years, when his literary skills were somewhat fading although perhaps it was the translation, which somehow didn t work for me Nothing one could never live without here, but a worthy quick little read.

    I enjoy B ll s writing, and a German teen s perspective on the rise of the Nazis is fascinating At times it was a bit too breezy, and was often peppered with laundry lists of writers names without any explanation about their significance I would have liked depth, and length wouldn t have hurt either.

    Intermittently engaging As a young, Catholic, German man coming of age in the mid 1930s, B ll hated school but milked it as long as he could in order to avoid what, for his generation, lay beyond that cocoon He and his family despised the Nazis and privately mocked them, but they also lacked the courage to resist or even the imagination needed to flee the country.

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