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All Quiet on the Western Front [Mass Market Paperback]

Erich Maria Remarque , Arthur Wesley Wheen
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March 12 1987
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.
"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first trank, 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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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.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic View of War Aug. 11 2013
By Lance
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I received the Kindle copy of "All Quiet on the Western Front" immediately after having ordered it. Having read the paperback edition a number of years ago, I recalled just how vivid the description of conditions on the front from the German point of view are in this book. The Kindle edition is of course faithful to the original print version and I have been finding my long-buried thoughts to have emerged full strength. The book is excellent, heart-felt and is not written for the faint-hearted reader. There is much brutal realism here that cuts to the heart of the matter.
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By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story of the horrors of war Oct. 22 2008
Format:Hardcover
Like many others here I was incredibly impressed with this remarkably genuine and frank story of the horrors of war. Trapped in a series of trips back and forth to the front and the incredible difference from the world he once knew, the young Paul Baumer spirals further and further from hope. As his friends fall around him, his isolation and sense of vulnerability drives him towards what seems like an inevitable end.

Fantastically paced, filled with the horrors and little joys of life on the edge of life. Very highly recommended. More than a little Das Boot in this wartime slice of life from an earlier era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a lasting impression April 18 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Nov. 1 2013
By ang TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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A great story about the great war. Easy read and definitely a classic. Very affordable and good size. Thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars All quiet on the waterfront June 19 2013
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I have read this book and saw the movie a long time ago, but now with Amazon, I can find these forgotten treasures once again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest books ever. Aug. 19 2012
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This has to be my favourite book of all time, it is from the German perspective in WW1 and it depicts the gruesome battles and sights these soldiers must go through. I initially bought this for an assignment, but then I fell in love with it and it was not tedious in any way! BUY IT! READ IT! ENJOY IT!
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