All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

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The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates into the German army in World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2013
ISBN: 9780812985535
0812985532
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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xiaojunbpl12
Oct 16, 2018

A book I’d been long avoiding, for fear of depression brought by gloom and doom of humanity.
My (reading) journey accompanied soldiers intimate war experience, moments arrested, transience suspended, turned out to be unexpected and unprecedented. Having not grown insensitive to the brutality of killing game, I savored all the available comic relief, humor, satire (from smart cynical Kat, camaraderie’s jest, to acrobatic feat of cooking while dodging attack)...
There is no heroic glory, more beautiful than death as the only peaceful destiny.

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msummers57
Oct 04, 2018

A good but not great novel. There are much better books about WW I, most of them non-fiction.

Try "The Storm Of Steel" by Ernst Junger and anything by Lyn MacDonald.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 14, 2018

Erich Remarque’s great war novel All Quiet on the Western Front is undoubtedly the greatest war novel of all time. The story is told through the perspective of Paul Bäumer. The novel details graphic scenes of death and brutality on the Western Front during the First World War. This is a great read for anyone researching or learning of the conditions of German trench life, however it is not suitable for those who may find certain scenes disgustingly graphic and inappropriate. Remarque uses his wartime experiences from the First World War to detail the gruesome scenes of brutality and fighting. With scenes of wartime injuries such as mangled and torn limbs. In conclusion, All Quiet on the Western Front is an astounding that should be read by those interested in learning of trench life in World War One. Therefore, I rate All Quiet on the Western Front deserves a rating of 5 out of 5.
- @BiggerPictureReviews of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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sat7
Aug 12, 2017

I was searching around and realized I had never read this novel. I am sure I visited a movie but as usual, much more to be gained from the book.; totally worth reading. WWI was a horror. I hope WWII is the last of our "World Wars". Forever

CircMary Aug 01, 2017

For those who hesitate to read "classics", this one will surprise you. It's as readable and pertinent today as when it was published in 1929. Written from the point of view of a young German soldier, it gives a fresh look to WWI narratives. Follow up the book with the film version, which is true to the book and deeply moving.

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jcosner13
May 09, 2017

Most stories about World War I are told from the British or American point-of-view. "All Quiet" , written from the perspective of a German soldier, confirms the horrors of war -- no matter what side you're on. A definite "must read."

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Roxannigan
Dec 09, 2016

This simply but powerfully written story needs to be read by all soldiers of any "side" who are brainwashed to believe that fighting in war is glorious, noble and will save them, their families and their country from an evil enemy. All soldiers (and civilians) are fed this line and then they march themselves up to be slaughtered because of the lust for power, acquisition and subjugation of their mad leaders, who will themselves (nor their own families) be nowhere the carnage. "The only winner is death."

Also note, War is Big Business and some "humans" welcome it in order to grow very rich while, of course, being themselves nowhere near the bloodbath.

ArapahoeKati Sep 24, 2016

Although it's hard to say a book about death and destruction during WWI but this book is incredible. It's raw, relatable, and unforgettable.

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dpaterka
Aug 14, 2016

Compare to "Suddenly We Didn't Want to Die: Memoirs of a World War I Marine" by Elton Mackin. Follow up book is "The Road Back."

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kwsmith
Jul 30, 2016

Told from the perspectives of young German boys drafted to fight in the first World War, this short novel offers a mesmerizing and vivid account of the horrors of trench warfare.

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lisamarie99
Jul 01, 2015

All Quiet on the Western Front is about a young man named Paul who fights on the German Front. He struggles to survive not because of skill, but because of a lack of hope. He begins to realize that the people he is fighting against aren't really his enemies, but rather people just like him. Paul soon realizes that his friends are the only ones that can help him get through war. As Paul's friends begin to slowly leave him, Paul finds that his only way of survival is finding his identity. Remarque not only highlights the struggle in finding a man's identity, but also the journey Paul has to take in order to discover it.

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isaaccovitz
Jan 02, 2013

All Quiet on the Western Front is a brutally honest account of the First World War. The book follows the story of Paul Baumer, a 19-year-old German soldier who enlists at the urging of his school teacher. All Quiet on the Western Front provides insight into the horrific nature of trench warfare and shows how the "lost generation" was lost on the muddy battlefields of World War One.

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Hadley
Feb 16, 2015

All at once everything seems to me confused and hopeless.

Kropp feels it too. "It will go pretty hard with us all. But nobody at home seems to worry much about it. Two years of shells and bombs—a man won't peel that off as easy as a sock."

We agree that it's the same for everyone; not only for us here, but everywhere, for everyone who is of our age; to some more, and to others less. It is the common fate of our generation.

Albert expresses it: "The war has ruined us for everything."

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