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

by Erich Maria Remarque

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Title:All Quiet on the Western Front
Authors:Erich Maria Remarque
Info:Ballantine Books (1987), Edition: 1, Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Your library, 1001 books to read before you die
Rating:*****
Tags:WW1, antiwar, historical fiction, German Literature, classic

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

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    Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Taken together, Jünger's memoir and Remarque's novel present a pair of radically different views of the German experience in World War I.
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    Lay Down Your Arms! by Bertha von Suttner (MarthaJeanne)
    MarthaJeanne: Two anti-war novels written in German. Suttner wrote before WWI about how war affects the families, Remarque after the war about how it affected the soldiers.
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Enlisted by the patriotic pressure of their community, Paul and his just-graduated classmates attempt to survive the seemingly unlimited depravity of the Western Front of WWI: "Life is simply one continual watch against the menace of death; - it has transformed us into unthinking animals in order to give us the weapon of instinct - it has reinforced us with dullness, so that we do not go to pieces before the horror, which would overwhelm us if we had clear, conscious thought - it has awakened in us the sense of comradeship, so that we escape the abyss of solitude - it has lent us the indifference of wild creatures, so that in spite of all, we perceive the positive in every moment, and store it up as a reserve against the onslaught of nothingness. Thus we live a closed, hard existence of the utmost superficiality."

I was surprised at how many times a passage/incident/phrase made me smile - even amidst horror there is kindness and humor (albeit of a darker variety). But still: "It must be all lies and of no account when the culture of a thousand years could not prevent this stream of blood being poured out, these torture-chambers in their hundreds of thousands. A hospital alone shows what war is." Fuck.

Would have been fascinating/depressing to witness Paul's re-immersion into or further isolation from society following the armistice, but... war. ( )
  dandelionroots | Jun 25, 2015 |
Powerful story of a German WW1 soldier and this translation by A.W. Green was very well done. While the horrors of trench warfare are not skipped over, the way this is written makes it bearable for me to read (which I had worried about). Poignant & thought-provoking. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 18, 2015 |
I decided to read this to get some perspective in this tub-thumping rolling centenary of WW1. Both my grandfathers fought in that war. I never knew either of them, but my parents told me that neither would speak of what they had experienced. I studied the war at secondary school. It made no sense to me. I haven't read Pat Barker's books yet, but I have read Birdsong, which I found ridiculously romanticised and overblown. All Quiet On The Western Front seems to me to make the most sense as is possible of that senseless war. I understand a bit better what Jim and Herbert, my grandfathers, went through and how that experience would make them unable to talk about it with people who hadn't lived through it. Remarque's book is important for that reason. ( )
  missizicks | Jun 14, 2015 |
Powerful, sad. All teenagers should read this one as a study of what war does to young people caught up in it.
  TLkirsten | Jun 5, 2015 |
I have read so many novels about WWII, set in many countries with many different perspectives. I knew I was short-changing WWI and had been on the lookout to start to even up the score. How fortunate to have found this novel! While one foray certainly won't be enough to satisfy my curiosity, I don't think I will find anything else that is so beautiful and sad at the same time. I don't mean the kind of sad that makes you cry, because I am a weeper, but the sad where you can't believe that such terrible things could be wrought by man against man. The story is told from the perspective of a young German soldier at the front, enlisted with his schoolmates after much pressure from their headmaster. Given the differences between the first and second world wars and the escalation of what could be wrought by man against man, I doubt that the same premise could have been used with much sympathetic effect. But maybe that is just my American perspective.

So what is the particular brand of sadness in this war novel? The transformation of young students whose entire lives lay before them into corpses or broken men. The loss of youth, hope and promise is complete. What could possibly be beautiful? The writing of course. It is gorgeous and descriptive, no matter how gruesome the subject matter. Ihis is a must read. Leave me a comment if you can suggest another WWI novel of high quality. ( )
  MaureenCean | May 10, 2015 |
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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.
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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.

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

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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."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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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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