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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic, August 16, 2010
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R. A. Williams (Albuquerque, NM USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Im Westen Nichts Neues (Twentieth Century Texts) (Paperback)
This masterpiece of historical fiction, presented here in the original German, is a gritty, earthy account of a young soldier's struggle. (Note that this is not a translated edition.) Written in an episodic structure and graphically realistic, this book was ahead of its time and shocked contemporary audiences. Modern audiences, who are more used to explicit violence and realism, are less likely to be horrified.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "finest" glimpse you'll get into a war, March 5, 2011
This book takes place in world war one, but it is not a true "war" story. This is mostly because "war" stories focus on the most fleeting moments in a war: fighting face to face with another force.

This is a story of what warfare does to what everyone from atheists to evangelicals could agree makes us human beings. The author describes in stark detail the toll World War I took on the main character; he does not imagine the scenes but knows the reality of the events firsthand.

Its hard to grasp the full intensity of the book now, as the disillusionment in it relies on knowing the idealism of Europe prior to the war. The book does a good job giving you an impression though.

This book is especially relevant as society is beginning to recognize the psychological damage a soldier endures. "Shell Shock" was the first word coined for what we now know as PTSD to describe some veterans of WW1. This novel reveals the day to day reality of a war for which no character save a recruiter (who never enlisted) is able to rationalize fighting. It has no ideological message, no moral at the end, no political agenda. I believe "The Pacific" attempted to showcase the aspects of war this novel does; a character from that show properly sums up things when he states that having cared for soldiers in WW1, what disturbed him most were not that the men had their flesh mangled, but that "they'd had their souls torn out".

For anyone who is sick of imagining war based on Hollywood blockbusters or selected clips of footage used by the media, this book is priceless.

One more thing. If you're unfortunate enough to have a loved one return from the middle east struggling as they adjust back to civilian life, please read this. It's likely the closest you can hope to come towards understanding what they've been through. If nothing else it certainly helped me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Book, February 22, 2013
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Takes you into the mind of a young soldier who experienced the horrors of war. Wonderfully written in the German language and it was riveting. I would recommend this book to anyone who understands German. There's an English edition butI haven't read that one, so can't comment on how the translation works out.

Gelangen Sie in den Geist eines jungen Soldaten, der die Schrecken des Krieges erlebt. Wunderbar in deutscher Sprache geschrieben und es war fesselnd. Ich würde dieses Buch jedem empfehlen, der Deutsch versteht. Es gibt eine englische Ausgabe dass Ich noch nicht gelesen habe -- Also, kann nicht kommentieren wie die Übersetzung funktioniert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Murdoch's commentary is excellent. The e-version of the novel is very handy, October 16, 2014
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Mr. Murdoch's commentary is excellent. The e-version of the novel is very handy.
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Im Westen Nichts Neues (Twentieth Century Texts)
Im Westen Nichts Neues (Twentieth Century Texts) by Erich M. Remarqu (Paperback - November 15, 1984)
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