All Quiet on the Western Front Author:Erich Maria Remarque, A. W. Wheen (Translator) 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 th... more »at meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other -- if only he can come out of the war alive.« less
There are some books that should be read by every generation. The book conquers without persuading, it shakes you without exaggerating, a perfect work of art and at the same time truth that cannot be doubted
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Helpful Score: 8
This is one of those books that keeps being taught in schools. Damned good thing, too. Everyone should read it. It is heartrending, horrifying, beautiful and not a word wasted. Very short book that will stay with you long after you read it--haunting in that way that the best books are.
This is stupid embarrassing, but the name of the main character is Paul Baeumer, and the author's name is Erich Remarque, but the book felt so real I thought I was reading a real autobiographical history of a soldier in WWI until the very end.
The point is, yes, I'm stupid, but also how amazing real the book reads.
The other thing I think is that this book wouldn't have been nearly as effective if it were an account of a soldier on the winning side. Duh, you who have read the book say. It's all about the futility of war. Well, yeah, but still.
Remarque writes in the epigraph that his book will describe the men who were destroyed by the war and after that 'All Quiet on the Western Front is a near ceaseless exploration of the destructive properties of WWI. This novel was Superb-a Masterpiece displaying the raw guts' of humanity.
The classic German novel of World War I. Remarque fought in the war himself and his descriptions of trench warfare in France are vivid. A great read for anyone, especially those interested in history or human nature during wartime.
I hated this book, I was forced to read it in my senior lit class 6 years ago. It probably was a good story, but I'm extremely squeamish and the constant references to soldiers having their limbs blown off and spurting blood totally turned me off to it.