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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
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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Really excellent and moving story of what life was like on the front lines of WWI, and the horrors of trench warfare. Probably one of the most realistic glimpses one could get into such an experience. ( )
  .Monkey. | Apr 29, 2017 |
Amazing novel showing the pointlessness of war and the nationalist myths that are used to justify them. ( )
  kale.dyer | Feb 26, 2017 |
I finally got around to reading this classic about a German soldier's experience during WWI. It was published in 1929 and of course created a storm of discussion and controversy. Remarque doesn't soften or glamorize the war, instead he gives a realistic portrayal of the horrors of death, wounds, and lack of food. He also explores the friendships and connections made on the front and the challenges of returning home during periods of leave.

I was so mad, reading this, that just a few decades later WWII happened. I'll never understand how people who lived through WWI could have allowed WWII to happen. Academically, I've heard and understand the standard answer, but I still don't really comprehend it.

I thought this was really well done and obviously an important work, but reading about war will just never be a "favorite" for me. ( )
  japaul22 | Feb 22, 2017 |
Fictional tale of German soldiers on the front lines in WWI ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 10, 2017 |
The thing that strikes me the most about "All Quiet on the Western Front" is that during the conflict of World War I, Germany was the enemy of the United States. Erich Marie Remarque was a German- thus this story is told from the point of view of a German soldier, Paul Baumer- the enemy. And all through the story I felt nothing but sympathy for Paul and his comrades.

"All Quiet on the Western Front" was first published in 1929 in Germany. During World War I the military hierarchy was definitely formal, strict, and uncompromising, but Germany was still far from the Nazi mentality of the 1930s. Paul was an 18 year old boy drafted into the army. He didn’t have strong political beliefs. He had no grudge against other countries. He didn’t want to kill anyone. He didn’t understand specifically for exactly what he was fighting. And he didn’t particularly care. All he wanted to do was come out of it alive.

The story Paul tells is the story of millions of young men who have gone off to war.... from different countries, fighting different battles, but always the same story- death, destruction, and tragic endings. War is madness. Several quotes that convey the heart-felt message of fear, terror, loneliness, and confusion:

“How long has it been? Weeks- months- years? Only days. We see time pass in the colorless faces of the dying, we cram food into us, we run, we throw, we shoot, we kill, we lie about, we are feeble and spent, and nothing supports us but the knowledge that there are still feebler, still more spent, still more helpless ones there who, with staring eyes, look upon us as gods that escape death many times.”

“To no man does the earth mean so much as to a soldier. When he presses himself down upon her long and powerfully, when he buries his face and his limbs deep in her from the fear of death by shell-fire, then she is his only friend, his brother, his mother; he stifles his terror and his cries in her silence and her security; she shelters him and gives him a new lease of ten seconds of life, receives him again and often for ever, Earth!”

“ We see men living with their skulls blown open; we see soldiers run with their two feet cut off, they stagger on their splintered stumps in to the next shell hole... we see men without mouths, without jaws, without faces; we find one man who has held the artery of his arm in his teeth for two hours in order not to bleed to death. The sun goes down, night comes, the shells whine, life is at an end.”

The biggest tragedy of Germany’s World War I experience is that fighting continued even after the leaders knew they could not win. Germany sacrificed the lives of a whole generation of young men, simply because they were too proud to surrender. Paul and his army buddies would gladly have given up their pride to go home and live a normal peaceful life.

"All Quiet on the Western Front" is a very sad depressing book. But I am so glad I read it. Perhaps if the book were required reading for all adults there would be fewer wars. The story does not discourage patriotism, however, it does question authority, and dispels the myth that there is glory in war. In fact... a bit of trivia… when Hitler gained power in Germany, he had the book banned.

Erich Remarque did serve in the German army during WW I and spent a short time on the Western Front, where he was severely injured. Though his time in battle was limited, he certainly was adept in expressing the day to day, year after year tedious routines and horrifying despondence. My 1929 edition was translated from German by A. W. Wheen, who did a wonderful job. ( )
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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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