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Listen, Little Man! by Wilhelm Reich
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Listen, Little Man! (1945)

by Wilhelm Reich (Author), William Steig (Illustrator)

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This just seems to be one long rant by some crazy guy. There are a few interesting points, but not enough to redeem the book. The author doesn't really expand on, discuss or attempt to prove any of the points. His argument seems to boil down to: I'm telling you how it is.

The Orgone energy concept seems like some type of new-age mysticism, and I find it unconvincing. ( )
1 vote Pondlife | Aug 8, 2013 |
A quick read, and certainly interesting. Reich is impressive in sustaining such a passionate tirade for 120 pages or so. Most of it is right on (although expressed a little better by, say, Erich Fromm in Escape from Freedom about a decade later), but his immaturity and megalomania are difficult obstacles to overcome at various points, as are his obsession with orgone and personal vendettas. ( )
  blake.rosser | Jul 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374504016, Paperback)

Listen, Little Man! is a great physician's quiet talk to each one of us, the average human being, the Little Man. Written in 1946 in answer to the gossip and defamation that plagued his remarkable career, it tells how Reich watched, at first naively, then with amazement, and finally with horror, at what the Little Man does to himself; how he suffers and rebels; how he esteems his enemies and murders his friends; how, wherever he gains power as a "representative of the people," he misuses this power and makes it crueler than the power it has supplanted.

Reich has us to look honestly at ourselves and to assume responsibility for our lives and for the great untapped potential that lies in the depth of human nature.

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