All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Paperback - 1996
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Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece of the German experience during World War I.

I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. . . .

This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.

Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another . . . 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 rank, 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
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1996
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books trade ed
ISBN: 9780449911495
Branch Call Number: FIC REM
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 21 cm

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In the direct German translation Remarque’s novel is known as “Nothing to Report on the Western.” Serving in the Trenches in the “War to End All Wars” for the nation of Germany, Erich wrote this novel as a warning to future generations about the horrors of war. While the novel is classified as Historical fiction, because it is in the eyes of fictional characters, Remarque’s words bring the Great War to life. From start to finish, the audience is faced with gruesome and bloody death that is made out to be a casual happenstance in the eyes of Paul Baumer. The death of the characters is poetic and each one is described with such reasoning that you’ll choke up on tears upon their deaths. The war-plagued Germany described isn’t what you’d expect with WW1 propaganda surrounding Germany. Erich brings the reality of war to all aspects of life. From home we see the effects the Great War had on home life and the family trinity. On the front lines we see the desperation of soldiers needing food which leads Paul and his friends to raid the French trenches for food. Note: you will definitely have to look up terms to understand phrases or coined terms. Truly, this is the first book that made me cry. Rating 5/5 @Ezekiel_Hannegan of the Yorba Linda Public Library Teen Book Bloggers

Dec 25, 2018

Excellent writing: evocative, honest, moving, tragic, poetic … but not for the faint of heart or squeamish! Definitely gross and gritty, violent, even macabre in places. But I can see why it has stood as a Classic for so long. For me, when I found out the Nazis hated it ( because it is a revelation about organized industrial warfare and the effects it has on the human soul), I loved it all the more.

Dec 01, 2018

Although this particular novel's plot line and writing were a bit too descriptive/bland, the book as a whole, on bringing light to the atrocities and fear that the soldiers endured in World War I is a poignant point that Remarque is able to establish

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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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.

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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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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