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Listen, Little Man (Pelican books) Paperback – 29 May 1975

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (29 May 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140218564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140218565
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,767,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book does not present a coherent theory, but contains Reich's personal reflections during the period 1943-1946. The backdrop of WWII may make this occasionally seem dated, but dictatorship is perennial: the names change, but the form remains the same.
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.
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No matter how much personal achievement you've got so far, there, deep inside each of us, lurks a collective John Doe - that culturally determined part of our psyche - we seldom are aware of. John Doe in us never thinks... it is itself thought and repeats like a parrot all the prejudice and common place jargons introjected in us since our childhood. Dare to read this book without identifying its content to nobody else but yourself .. and maybe you will get rid off the Little Man (or Woman) inside you and be really free to love, to care and to be happy. Sandra Galeotti
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Wilhelm Reich writes the book that everyone who has ever reflected on the world and human nature would like to write at some time. Passionate and eloquent denunciations of the people who are the victims, sustainers and perpetrators of every vicious, humiliating and life-denying political regime, human organisation, human act or human thought: ourselves - the Little Person. This book has been written several times before, by Nietzsche, by Montaigne, by Dostoyevsky, by Napoleon, by Shakespeare, but here there is a difference. Reich is not an elitist who believes in 'higher-types' and looks on the current men and women as irredeemable failures; he believes in them, that is what feeds his anger. He hates them because (aside from abuses suffered) he believes that they can be better. And at the centre of the work there is not contempt for Man but humanity. A great read and a great book.
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This is a brilliant book - there's still plenty of "little men" about, and we all find ourselves thinking like the "little man" at times - but perhaps we'll do it less after reading this book. Reich is an absolute genius at debunking the ridiculous posturings of people whose anxieties and drive for security make them take up silly positions and ruin their own lives and everyone else's. "Little man" still isn't litstening, and if only he was, the world would be a much better place.
Of all Reich's books, this is the most accessible and readable (reminiscent in style of Nietzsche).
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Orwell comments in "1984" through his hero Winston, that "..the best books are those that don't tell you anything". Certainly Reich's book affirmed my own feelings on humanity but possibly expressed them much better than I ever could. Along with "Escape From Freedom" by Fromm, this is one of the most liberating reads I've known. Highly recommended.
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The best book i have ever read.. I have never again seen such a genius book descibing man so small .. making him seem more and more faint in his eyes. And trying to help him become , from a little man , a big man . ... Read it... If you understand the 10 % of it , you will be truly happy .
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Understanding the human race is very important for our development in a positive way. When we see the little men all we can do is give them this book and hope they will learn and try to develop ourselves positively even if they dont.
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This is a book that you have to read with humbleness and real respect to your own self. It is a fierce attack on "little man's bad persona, cruel and useless mentality, that destroys any goodness in our planet.
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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