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All Quiet on the Western Front (original 1929; edition 1996)

by Erich Maria Remarque

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Title:All Quiet on the Western Front
Authors:Erich Maria Remarque
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (1996), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 304 pages
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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)

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    The Road Back by Erich Maria Remarque (DeDeNoel)
    DeDeNoel: Also by Remarque, The Road Back is often considered a sequel to All Quiet. It has some of the same characters and alludes to others.
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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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--All Quiet on the Western Front

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  E.P.G | May 30, 2016 |
All Quiet on the Western Front - Remarque
audio performance by Frank Muller
4 stars

This is the quintessential anti-war book. I naturally thought of my own 19-year-old son and counted my blessings that he is not stationed in a war zone. It also caused me to remember my father’s stories of pilot training at the end of WWII. He was too young to see combat, but one of his flight instructors had; an ‘old’ man of 23, who had already seen too much. Frank Muller read this book beautifully. It brought tears to my eyes.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
This classic is one of the most gut-wrenching, authentic, anti-war novels that I've ever encountered. Being placed in the soldier's point-of-view, instead of a historian's or a general's, is an eye-opening experience that will make anyone re-think what it means to go to war...and more importantly, what war does to the human psyche. A must read for anyone, but be careful because it will haunt you for a long time. ( )
  rsplenda477 | Apr 18, 2016 |
My favorite quote from this book:

"I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another." Chapter 10, pg. 263

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  kristina_brooke | Apr 15, 2016 |
Profound writing about the brutality of WWI and the disenchantment and hopelessness of the young men of that generation. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
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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.

(one-horse.library)
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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