“Böll’s writing is filled with a bleak beauty that unflinchingly gazes upon the sources of both the bleakness and the beauty of life …” —The Rumpus
What’s to Become of the Boy? is a spirited, insightful, and wonderfully sympathetic memoir about life during wartime written with characteristic brilliance by one of the 20th-century’s most celebrated authors. It is both an essential autobiography of the Nobel Prize-winning author and a compelling memoir of being young and idealistic during an age of hardship and war.
“[Boll’s] brief, wrenching account of growing up in Nazi Germany, in a family that hated Hitler, will leave you thinking of nothing else.” —Readers Digest, “The Best Short Books You’ll Ever Read”
“What’s to Become of the Boy? makes an ideal short introduction to Böll. At the same time, it offers an unusual perspective on Hitler’s rise to power: The rise of totalitarianism and the stultification of cicil society, as seen through the eyes of a teenage boy.” —Anne Applebaum