Listen, Little Man (Pelican books) Paperback – 29 May 1975
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About the Author
Wilhelm Reich, a native of Austria, was born in 1897. His many other works include "The Function of the Orgasm," "Character Analysis," and "The Mass Psychology of Fascism." He died in 1957.
William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including "Shrek"!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. Steig was born in New York City. Every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig's work began appearing in "The New Yorker," where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, "Roland the Minstrel Pig," in 1968.
In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble." His books for children also include "Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone," a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos "& Boris," a National Book Award finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig's books have also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l'infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Writing.
Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, beginning with "About People" in 1939, and including "The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, The Agony in the Kindergarten," and "Our Miserable Life."
He died in Boston at the age of 95. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Although Reich claims that he is writing this book because he cares about the ordinary person, there is a great deal of anger and bitterness here about the way he has been treated by the world: lauded then hounded, acclaimed then denounced. This "righteous anger" at times appears venomous, and when someone is being "cruel to be kind" we need to be cautious about how we weigh their words.
Having said all which, this book is crammed full of devastating insights into the human condition: the extent to which people refuse to take responsibility for their own lives; how materialism is underpinned by a fear of looking inside oneself, inner insecurity replaced by a desire for outward security; issues of happiness, power and authority. The list goes on... The fears and anxieties cause "psychic constipation" that becomes manifested as physical rigidity in the musculature: Reich's body-armour theory that informs most current therapuetic theory, both in psychotherapy and alternative approaches.
To summarise: you need to be aware of Reich's own anger and bitterness and the cruelty of his approach and how that may resonate in you; but beneath that there is a welath of insight into what lies beneath the ordinary person's inability to fulfill their potential and create freedom and happiness in their lives.
Of all Reich's books, this is the most accessible and readable (reminiscent in style of Nietzsche).
it will help you, most than anything, to explain why average humans (or humanoids) behave so badly everyday. Hopefully, this book is a perfect self sarcasm guide, which will help you improve your mentality and become a real human.
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Wilhelm Reich was evidently quite angry when he wrote this. Plus it wasn't originally intended for publication. This is probably why it's such a rambling, incoherent, ranty mess. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S Litton
An astonishing document and invitation for us all to resist small mindedness.Published 24 months ago by WM
This is an always timely read but more so with the rise of the disgruntled right, typified by the Tea Party in the US and UKIP in the UK. Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by David Thomas
This book is a must have! It talks about how you should not put yourself and your life in front of the government (to protect).Published on 12 Feb. 2012 by zkgkilla1
Reich wades into the swamp of unrequited belief. The aim, to anlayse where it all went wrong and keeps going awry. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
This was a fascinating monologue from a man who had spent his career trying to understand and help his fellow man but who felt consistently betrayed. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2010 by Mrs. Neia S. Glynn