What's to Become of the Boy?: Or, Something to Do with Books
A vivid account of growing up poor, rebellious, and anti-Fascist in Nazi Germany
What’s to Become of the Boy? is a spirited, insightful, and wonderfully sympathetic memoir about life during wartime written with the characteristic brilliance by one of the 20th-century’s most celebrated authors. It is both an essential autobiography of the Nobel Prizewinning author and a compelling memoir of being young and idealistic during an age of hardship and war.
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INTRODUCTIONby Anne Applebaum
WHATS TO BECOME OF THE BOY?
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Anne Applebaum asked became bike Billiards at Half-Past Böll’s bookstore bourgeois brother Alois Catholic Center Party certificate church cigarettes coffee Cologne’s Communist course Der Stürmer Dostoievski economic miracle father fifty pfennigs final exams friends furnished gentlemen girl Gotthelf graduation Grosche half pfennigs Hanns Johst happened HEINRICH BÖLL Heinz Steguweit Hindenburg Hitler Youth Hitler’s seizure joined the Storm Juvenal Karolinger-Ring kind knew Labor Service Landsberg-Strasse later Latin Leila Vennewitz living loved Ludweiler March election Maternus-Strasse math meant Mein Kampf memory Mirgeler mother movie National Youth Day never novel o’clock parents perhaps Perlen-Graben political quiet Red Front fighter Reichstag fire remained Rhine Rhineland seizure of power Severin-Strasse someone sometimes Storm Troopers Strasse student suffered summer teacher of religion theology things tidy Today took Translated by Leila University of Cologne Völklingen Vreneli What’s to Become words writer