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5.0 out of 5 stars Like A Kick To The Groin, April 25, 2008
This review is from: All Quiet on the Western Front (Mass Market Paperback)
In my own way, I'm an academic. I don't write "reviews," really -- I write essays. It's my training.

But I don't have much analysis for All Quiet on the Western Front. This novel is a swift kick to the genitalia -- it is hard, brutal and painful, and you'll feel it for a while.

It is about the every-man soldier fighting through the trenches of WWI. It is also about his internal life, and how everything becomes exhausted in the face of such horrors; beauty is bleached out of him like a newspaper in the sun. Actual death, it turns out, is only one of a number of war's atrocities.

I always have, and always will support certain military actions -- I continue to believe that force is justified at times (for instance, WWII). That said, this novel makes me hate war, and tremble for those condemned to fight it. It makes war into the sort of last resort that it should have been all along.

I cannot recommend this novel highly enough. At worst, an all-time classic, and very possibly a life-changer. Five stars.
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