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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: MELVILLE HOUSE PUBLISHING (21 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933633646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933633640
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The only novel reviewed in this Broadcast that one can wax really enthusiastic over. And its history in Germany indicates real sales possibilities, as it has rivalled the success of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT over there. An intensely poignant story of two young Germans caught in the tide of the unemployment problem in Germany. There is a resemblance to the theme of NOBODY STARVES, but the approach is lighter, the handling is from the human standpoint rather than the laboratory method, and the tone has an upward lilt that is lacking in the American scene. Germany is more accustomed to grinding poverty, in this generation, and more eager to seize on simple pleasures, and the reflection of this is apparent in the book. One feels that at times there is a showing off of the modern spirit in the method of handling unnecessary subjects, but otherwise the book is intuitively human and natural, and in almost no sense sophisticated. The illustrations are misleading - done in a vein of caricature, by Georges Schreiber. They make the reader expect a satirical book in the Thurber and White tradition. A book the staff should read to sell. (Kirkus Reviews) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Apricotflowers on 7 April 2010
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Hans Fallada is a an absolutely wonderful writer and this is possibly his best-loved and well-known novel.

Hard to believe it was written in 1932. It details the meeting and marriage of a young couple in Berlin a few years before the outbreak of WW2. The birth of their baby, difficulties with finding work and accommodation and their subsequent financial difficulties are set against a background of beautifully drawn characters - family, friends and petty bureaucrats. Mostly these all manage to make life even more difficult for the young couple!

I was cheering on Sonny and Lammchen from start to finish, hoping that their life together could be what they wanted it to be. Rarely did the couple let the myriad obstacles wear them down. Against so many odds, their mutual love shone through and the baby, when it arrived, brought humour, worry and joy in equal measure. Lammchen is an unfailingly loyal and constant source of strength to her husband. Without her support we know for certain that Sonny - a lovely but ultimately powerless young man - would have given up the struggle to achieve the security and simple life they aspired to.

The political situation of the time is subtly but very powerfully brought to life; always brooding in the background or nipping at the periphery of whatever problems they were facing. I felt great sympathy for the adversities they faced.

While I'm here I'd just like to say that 'Alone in Berlin'in UK ('Every Man Dies Alone' USA)is another tour-de-force by Fallada - though a much more brutal portrayal of Berlin life because it's set during the war

'Litte Man, What Now?' is a truly wonderful book, sad, funny, heartwarming, unputdownable - which I cannot recommend highly enough.
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Cunliffe TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2009
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In Little Man What Now, we read about life for ordinary people in Germany in the early 1930s. Unemployment has reached frightening levels and inflation is rapidly reducing the value of wages and savings. Berlin is a city in which wages are low and employees have to compete with their colleagues to keep their jobs, breeding mistrust and back-stabbing among the workforce. At a time like this, to get your girlfriend pregnant and have to marry her is a frightening prospect. So sets the scene for the story of Sonny and Lammchen as they embark on marriage and parenthood just before the Nazi Party comes to power.

Hans Fallada's novels were international best-sellers before the war, similarly acclaimed by those of fellow Germans, Thomas Mann and Herman Hesse. In 1932, Hollywood even turned Little Man What Now into a movie, but when Hitler learned that the film had been produced by Jews, Fallada began to attract the attention of the Gestapo leading in 1935 to him being classified as an "undesirable author".

Fallada's characters are not politically-minded as such, but are among the little people, caught up in the round of daily life where politics gradually impinges on them but without attracting their adherence or enthusiasm. They feel affronted by world events which are slowly wrecking their peaceful lives, but do not move into an analysis of why these titanic changes are happening. Fallada's characters are simply trying to make ends meet, to find a room to live in and to put meat on the table two or three times a week.

The book opens in the gynaecological clinic, where Sonny and Lammchen have gone for advice on contraception, only to hear the doctor say, "Its a bit too late for prevention. Beginning of the second month I would say".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Byronic on 9 Jan. 2011
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This story of young love during the Depression in Berlin truly tugs at the heart strings. It tells the tale of two young people who try their hardest to survive and make a life for themselves and their unplanned child, fighting against the odds. It is funny, endearing, and sad at the same time. You cannot help but be drawn into the crazy world of poverty and indifference which they encounter. Peopled with many an unforgettable character, this book is both entertaining and enlightening and is a story that will stay with you for a long time. One of my all-time favourite books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 500 REVIEWERTOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2011
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Hans Fallada's seminal 1932 story of Herr and Frau Everyman trying to survive in the great financial crisis in Germany. Sonny and Lammchen Pinneberg are two decent young people caught in the downward spiral that cannot be overcome by hard work and honesty. Still, that's all the Pinnebergs have to offer and they refuse to compromise on either count. Told in short episodes, the book is wonderfully evocative of the period and the place (Berlin, for the most part).

At the time the book was written, the economic chaos in Germany was inevitably causing a political crisis as well. The Nazis and the Communists were both trying to take advantage of the high unemployment and general dissatisfaction that was pervasive in the country. Within a year of the book's publishing, Hitler and the Nazis were well on their way to total power in Germany, and eventually launched an internal genocide and took the whole world into a disastrous global conflagration. While "Little Man..." is a book of its time, it isn't a book about politics. The Nazis and Communists maneuver on the fringes of the Pinnebergs' lives, but it's the economic compression that dictates their fortunes and misfortunes. Author Fallada makes it clear that his sympathies are with the Pinnebergs of the world, and that the preoccupation of the rich and powerful with preserving wealth and power is the basic cause of their problems.

The book was widely popular at the time it appeared, eventually becoming a popular film. Depression-era audiences in many countries identified with the challenges of everyday life faced by the Pinnebergs and the general feeling of of having no real control over any of it. There's more than a little resonance in this story for the current situation facing so many unemployed in the U.S.
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