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Sharks and Little Fish Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1982

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"Ranks among the best of the war novels in any language."--Baltimore Sun

"A masterpiece in its field, a saga that ranks with the grimmest and most compelling tales of Conrad and Jack London."--Washington Post



"A more relentless exposure of the horrors of war and the brutality of German naval discipline could not be imagined."--The New York Times

"A case against war that is as powerful as anything in a recent novel."--Time


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An acclaimed bestseller when first published in the 1950s, this raw and brawling autobiographical novel is a fiercely honest account of a seventeen-year-old seaman's violent experiences aboard a Nazi submarine during World War II.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 12, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345303903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345303905
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,746,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of the most entertaining books I have ever read,it displays a sense of humor and brutal realism seldom seen in today's historical novels. The characters are believable, and their simple honesty is refreshing in contrast to todays perfect characters that are a dime a dozen and very forgettable. Pick this one up if you are sick of the predictable and tiresome novels in which todays authors are mass producing with mind numbing regularity obviously using the same formula which enables them to mass produce the same stories under different titles.
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Wonderfully and skillfully written account of a German sailor in WWII that also weaves parallels with Greek mythology to American classics. Sometimes lighhearted, sometimes bewildering imagery, but always an adventure that takes the hero to hell and back - several times. When one wonders if Teidemann ever makes it back, one realizes that the entire book is written in the first person and this somehow adds to the value of the story. A wonderful examination of the very worst in human nature and nature itself. You will never see seagulls quite the same after this.
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Format: Paperback
If you're interested in a good World War II-era story from the perspective of the German sailor, then this is the book for you. It won't disappoint. Except when you've come to the end and realize that there's no more...
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I recently got the urge to read about submarine warfare in WWII and I saw this book and was intrigued by what I read in reviews; ok, get it and read it. I want to open by saying that the beginning wasn't what I expected and almost put it down; that said as I waded a little deeper into the book the intrigue grew. Part of this is the writing style (while "fiction" it's obviously the writers memories of war. The other aspect that makes this different is that the writer is German, has a different style than many are use to and the translation factor doesn't always help) another factor is the authors memory/tale is exaggerated at times (I'm certain to him they aren't though). Focus throughout the book is more on the men and their character and interaction rather than on historical accuracy. Throughout it we see how simple and blunt these sailors are and at times desperate. We also get to see their desires and loves though it's through the eyes of a 16-20 year old. While many advertise that the book is about uboots, the bulk of it deals with the authors time on small vessels (he served on a torpedoboot, he also talks about the other auxiliary patrol craft to some extent).

Rating wise this was a tough one because it had to grow on me. Initially I was calling it a weak 3 star book but by the back half I was looking forward to reading it and it was shaping up to a weak 5 star book. Because of the mixture I'll call it 4 stars and tell you read through the first 100 pages and then you'll really enjoy it.
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I read this in a condensed version when I was a kid. Finally got the entire book. A "must" for anyone who enjoyed Das Boot or books about WWII submarine warfare. I will not do a review of the book. You can get that on the internet almost anywhere. The book is raw and gritty and pulls few punches. Booknack through Amazon gave me a great deal. The copy I received must have been an overstock because it was pristine. The book came within the appropriate time and was packaged well. The price, even with shipping, was far less than I had seen elsewhere. I highly recommend the book, the seller and, of course, kudos to Amazon.. . .
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