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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (March 12 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449213943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449213940
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.1 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This edition of Remarque's 1929 World War I classic includes numerous period photos of German soldiers. If you're looking for a nice hardcover, try it.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 14 2013
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I was torn about whether or not to give this book four or five stars. At the time it was released, it was definitely a five star book. It removed the fog of war from the battlefield and allowed readers to be transported to the horror of war. Remarque was not the first veteran to comment on the horror of war. U.S. Civil War general/hero Sherman said, "I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell." So Remarque wasn't saying anything new here about war. What he did do that was new was talk about it in depth and include the effects on the men who survived. For even those whom war didn't kill, war destroyed. That's perhaps a little strong, but there's no doubt that war causes deep, deep mental and emotional scars on almost all soldiers who are thrust into the thick of combat.

So why only four stars? Well, I've read a lot of real war memoirs before turning to this fictional WW1 story. And for me, real memoirs hit home harder. If anything, it is sadly the truth that reality is harsher than fiction when one reads the stories of brutal war veterans (brutal war, not brutal veterans). Books like Blood Red Snow: The Memoirs of a German Soldier on the Eastern Front, With the Old Breed, or Japanese Destroyer Captain are all real, non-fiction stories that equal or surpass the horror and impact of All Quiet.
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All Quiet on the Western Front chronicles the story of Paul Bäumer and his classmates, a group of twenty-year-olds who volunteered for service in the German army during the First World War.

Most of the novel focuses on their time near the front and the horrific experiences therein—the terror of artillery bombardment, near misses by enemy snipers, and the gruesome wounds beyond the capabilities of 1916 medicine. The most distinctive part of the novel (to my eye, anyway) occurs when Paul momentarily loses his bearings and jumps into an unfamiliar artillery crater during a patrol. In the darkness, he hears another man jump in, and Paul immediately and unflinchingly stabs him in self-defence, without even verifying his allegiance. As the sun rises, Paul is relieved to find the soldier a Frenchman, but is horrified to see that he's still clutching to life, dying a slow, agonizing death.

Other parts of the novel detail Paul's time on leave or in the hospital after moderate injury. Overall these passages highlight the gaping chasm separating life on the front from life at home (though the hospitals are made out to be nearly as bad as the front itself). Similarly, there is also a huge disconnect at the front between downtime (in which the soldiers play cards and trade black humour) and the terror of actual combat. The overarching theme in all of this is the loss of youth to the horrors of war in all their forms, and Paul's loss of hope of ever returning to a normal life.

One detail I appreciated about All Quiet is its historicity—at the beginning, Europe is locked in trench warfare, but by the end, improvements in technology (mainly tanks) have helped to break the stalemate in favour of the Allies.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 30 2013
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Erich Maria Remarque did a great job with his story. Being first person in view gave you the feeling that you were there. To add to this he is a very good writer.

Not being in the Great War, I can only imagine the technology of the time and trust in old war movies. In addition, this is a foreign culture in a foreign time. People there had a tendency to trust and respect their elders unquestionably.

Being of the Vietnam era, I could however relate to the parts about the different personalities and some of the war situations and attitudes. I could appreciate the river crossing at night and the defending of the deserted town. I even liked the cat that they befriended in the story. We had a dog that was named Followme, which was one of the few that did not end up in a pot. I even could feel the anxiety of not fighting and just waiting for action. The only major difference is the question of do you want the people to be behind you to push you on or cheer you on, or doing the same job with people that are indifferent or not supportive?

Anyway even with the graphic description of the actual battle is more of a description of war, not a reason to sue for peace at any cost. The story is more of a, "don't let someone pull the wool over your eyes," with the talk of the glory of war. A movie with that theme is "The Americanization of Emily" (1964)". Also, don't let Authority blindly lead you into the army with the condos as in, "Private Benjamin" (1980).

This is not the end but the key statement that pretty much sums it up, "He fell in October 1918, on a day that was so quiet and still on the whole front, that the army report confined itself to the single sentence: All quiet on the western Front."

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