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All Quiet on the Western Front (original 1929; edition 1987)

by Erich Maria Remarque (Author), A W. Wheen (Translator)

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Title:All Quiet on the Western Front
Authors:Erich Maria Remarque (Author)
Other authors:A W. Wheen (Translator)
Info:Ballantine Books (1987), Edition: Reissue, 304 pages
Collections:Your library, Read, Audible
Tags:remarque, fiction, 2017

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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)

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The book reads like a philosophy book at times, as the protagonist, Paul, reflects upon life and the purpose of war. He builds up a strong friendship with his platoon buddies and it is their companionship that makes life bearable at the front. You feel his helplessness as he watches his friend slowly die in the hospital and his emptiness as he accounts to his friend's mother about his death. You can't help agreeing with their attitude to life - since death is knocking at the corner, why not enjoy life as much as you can? ( )
  siok | Aug 19, 2017 |
Always high on “anti-war” book lists, called a Classic, one of the 20th Century’s best war novels. And I now agree.

The term “anti-war” always gives me pause. Should one be “pro-war” instead? Unfortunately, propaganda works. We’re ready to got to war in an instant. In World War I populations were urged to fight for national honor. Support the Kaiser! Defend the Crown! Protect Civilization! The Horde is Coming!

Now the young members of society are encouraged to join the military by other means: See the world! Paid college tuition! Spread Freedom! But it all comes back to one point: countries feed their youthful members into the meat grinder while old fools in power rave about patriotism, freedom, on and on. Wars are waged for Exxon Mobil and the like. The citizens are cogs in peace time and cannon fodder in war.

Recently I’ve found a new favorite trope:
When two countries are going to war, prepare a huge stadium. Sell tickets. Pay-per-view. The two leaders of the warring countries are put in a ring, like professional wrestling. Give them hand-to-hand weapons - a trident, a club, maybe a shield and a net. Let those two battle to the death. The winning country throws a big party/parade. ( )
  RonTyler | Aug 11, 2017 |
Finished this book years ago....

When this book was borrowed to me by a friend I had no expectations (it is outside my preferred sf/f genre). It painted a picture of the human condition versus merciless war. Bleak and devastating. Poignant. I can't put in words what this book was to me. But when I got to the last page, I knew it was 'a Good Book'. ( )
  kephradyx | Jun 20, 2017 |
This is a remarkable story. It is about Paul, a young German soldier during the World War I. It is a heart-wrenching story about how boys lose their youth by being on the front, by facing death all the time. It is about the casualties of war and how senseless it is. It is a must-read for everyone. ( )
  krizia_lazaro | Jun 7, 2017 |
Eighteen-year-old Erich Paul Remark was draft into the German Army to fight in World War I. He was sent to the Western Front in July 1917. There he experienced the horrors of war, as did many thousands of other young men on both sides. On July 31 he was wounded (shrapnel in the left leg, right arm, neck) and sent to an Army hospital where he spent the rest of the war.
Afterward he became a teacher until he took a leave of absence in 1920 to begin a literary life. He changed his name to Erich Maria Remarque. Maria in honor of his mother and Remarque, the traditional German spelling of his name
In 1929, he published his third novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. In the novel, eighteen-year-old Paul Baumer is a young German soldier fighting in the trenches in France. Like the Southerners in Gone With the Wind, Paul and his buddies head for the front with glorious ideas of quickly over-running the French. Instead, they are horrified by the blood-drenched trenches, the constant shelling, the mud, and the general misery of life at the Front.
When Paul returns home on leave, he is disgusted by the inaccuracies that people have of the battle---much like the American troops endured during Vietnam.
I first read this novel over summer break as a teen. Considered the greatest war novel of all time, I have to concur. Remarque takes readers into the trenches with him and, through his eyes, readers can experience the tragedy of war. One of things that make it stand out is that the point of view is from a German solider.
Remarque probably suffered from shell shock, or PTSD, as we know it today. I believe that he wrote to try to exorcize the demons that haunted him. He wrote nine other novels, all concerning war, but All Quiet on the Western Front is the one for which he is most remembered.
6 out of 5 stars. ( )
1 vote juliecracchiolo | Jun 6, 2017 |
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This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.
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We are at rest five miles behind the front.
The war has ruined us for everything.
We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.
But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony.
Every little bean should be heard as well as seen.
We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out.
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Men are committed,
Slouching toward Bethlehem.
Death is generous.

Boys go off to war;
Surprise! Germans have feelings.
Disregard all flags.


Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0449213943, Mass Market Paperback)

Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other--if only he can come out of the war alive.
"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first trank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure."

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The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war.

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