All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1982, 1929.
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed.
ISBN: 9780449213940
Call Number: REMARQUE
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: War fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Wheen, A. W. (Arthur Wesley), 1897-1971.


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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.

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.

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."

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.

Sep 15, 2015

“In America, All Quiet on the Western Front remains one of the most popular novels addressing WWI, even in spite of the fact that the story is told from the perspective of America's WWI enemy's – a German soldier. American journalist Henry Louis Mencken described the novel as "unquestionably the best story of the World War" . . .
“Some passionate emotions were stirred on November 10, 1928, when Remarque published the first installment of the novel in Vossische Zeitung, a German magazine. Many readers immediately noticed that the novel called into question the values set forth by Nazi Germany's "fatherland" propaganda. All Quiet on the Western Front was banned and burned in Germany along with hundreds of other books with similar themes.” . . . . from:

Feb 17, 2015

More than 80 years after its publication, this novel still has the power to horrify and shock. There have been better-written and more nuanced novels about the Great War since, but nothing quite as powerful as All Quiet on the Western Front.

Nov 19, 2014

Keep a little German in your thoughts while reading the English version:

Im = In dem = In the
Westen = West
nichts = nothing
Neues = new

So, correctly translated, the title is

Nothing New in the West

which is altogether less cramped than the militaristic slant given by the translator.

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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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