They felt this wasnt their war to fight and participate in. But nothing prepared them for the voice of the young soldier in the novel that took them directly into the situation, and made the numbers from the history books become real people with feelings and worries.
So, what is a writer to do. War, he says, brutalises soldiers, turning them into human animals, to the point where they have nothing to live for, as their former interests, dreams, tenderness and the future have all 'collapsed in the shelling, the despair and the army brothels'.
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Paul is the universal soldier. We will be superfluous even to ourselves, we will grow older, a few will adapt themselves, some others will merely submit, and most will be bewildered; — the years will pass by and in the end we shall fall into ruin.
I see the best brains in the world inventing weapons and words to make the whole process that much more sophisticated and long-lasting. Brian Murdoch's translation is good but a bit sloppy at times, especially in the second half of the book, where he occasionally uses German-sounding grammar and makes a few typos.
All Quiet does a brilliant job of evoking the strain of being at the front, providing vivid descriptions of the horrors of night-time shelling, being caught in no man's land, the smell of gangrene in the hospital, etc.
I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. While guarding a group of Russian prisoners-of-war, our narrator is overcome by the arbitrariness of the whole situation: He is one of the few witnesses and writers of war to really capture the very thing that every human being experiences during war: One of the first war movies ever.
Paul and his comrades come into a conclusion that the war was just a matter of one countryland offending another countryland.
Did he think that the US readers were not ready for a more contemporary rereading of the previous war. All Quiet is a short book, but remarkably complete. The story is studded with remarkable incidents that linger in the mind: Himmelstoss arrives and tries to ingratiate himself with his former drill students.
In the opening chapters of All Quiet on the Western Front, the young men spend most of their time behind the front lines recalling the past. But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me … Forgive me, comrade.
The latter was a movie about a melodramatic failed romance starring David Niven and Barbara Stanwyck.
Yes, Remarque pulls this off too. Then they participate in a horrendous battle that Remarque describes in graphic detail. Not only did he miss most of Third Ypres, which lasted over three months, into November, and likely resulted in between 50, andGerman deaths; but he also missed the German last-gasp offensives ofin which the German Army sustained close to a million casualties.
Strangely, I wasn't aware Erich Maria Remarque had written anything else, when he was actually quite a prolific writer.
I loved the descriptions of the little acts of vengeance the boys enact on those who have wronged them, as well as the few moments of genuine happiness they experience at the front, such as when they eat a stolen goose, raid an officers' supply depot or make their way to some girls they are not supposed to visit.
I take one of the books, intending to read … take out another … take up fresh books. As Paul reflects in the second chapter, Our early life is cut off from the moment we came here … All the older men are linked with their previous life. Mar 12, · Without a doubt, "All Quiet on the Western Fronts" is one of those novels.
I read "AQOTWF" in 8th grade and remember liking the book. I generally do not re-read books, but after listening to podcasts and reading history on WWI recently, I wanted to go back and experience this book with better clientesporclics.coms: K.
All Quiet on the Western Front (link by Erich Maria Remarque ( reprint) The classic novel of WWI experiences A Farewell to Arms (link) by Ernest Hemmingway (). All Quiet on the Western Front is the most famous anti-war novel ever written. "About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Buy New View Book. Books by Erich Maria Remarque Erich Maria Remarque Average rating ·ratings · 10, reviews · shelvedtimes Showing 30 distinct works. All Quiet on the Western Front is a truthful novel but not a documentary or a memoir. Remarque’s characters and materials are well handled, and his vision of war as a mirror of the human.
All Quiet on the Western Front Written by Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front is a sort of a historical fiction type of book. I would classify it as a fiction because the book is based on an odd point of view in war.A novel to shock readers in all quiet on the western front by erich maria remarque