- Paperback: 295 pages
- Publisher: BaIantine; 1st. Ballentines Edition edition (1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0449213943
- ASIN: B004U90962
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,207 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All Quiet on the Western Front Paperback – 1987
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"All Quiet on the Western Front" is the story of Paul Baumer, a young German soldier serving in the trenches in France. Baumer's story is not a pleasant one; he volunteered for the war when his instructor in school, Kantorek, urged the class to join up for the glory of Germany. After a rigorous period of military training (where Paul and his buddies meet the hated drill instructor Himmelstoss, a recurring character throughout the book), Baumer and his friends go to the front as infantrymen. Filled with glorious ideas about war by authority figures back home, Baumer quickly discovers that the blood-drenched trenches of the Western Front are a quagmire of misery and violent death. As soon as the first shells explode in the mud Paul and his friends realize everyone back home is a liar, that war is not the glorious transformation of boys into men but rather the systematic destruction of all that is decent and healthy. As Paul's friends slip away one by one through death, desertion, and injury, Paul begins to wonder about his own life and whether he will survive not only the war but also a world without war.
Remarque's book exposes all of the insanities of war. The incongruities of violent battle versus long periods of boredom repeatedly appear throughout the book. On one day, Paul and his friends sit around discussing mundane topics; the next day they are bashing French skulls during an offensive.Read more ›
The story is gritty, dirty and depressing. It probably isn't exactly explaining what life was like for the German soldiers during WWI, but my guess is that it comes extremely close. The men have trouble finding food, they are ordered around by sadistic officers, they are cold, and hungry - and there's a war going on, the nature of which means that literally at any second they could be killed or horribly maimed. The book focuses on the death associated with the war, but it also spends a lot of time going over the suffering and the pain. Remarque tells us of the soldiers wounded, of those slowly dying in no-man's land with no hope of being rescued or of dying a clean death. The lucky ones are the ones who die quickly; the unlucky are in agony for days or weeks.
There really isn't much of a plot, which would certainly seem to be in keeping with the way an average solider would view the war. The narrative bounces us around from the front lines, to the rear camps, to civilian villages in a sequence as random as it would have appeared to anyone involved in the war.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have just started this book. It is at the bottom of my list (ie entertainment, primarily). It truly takes you to a different place and mindset, ie soldiers in was, living a... Read morePublished 1 day ago by OlGreySurfDude
This book can cover all battles old and new, you never feel as if it was written from a pro Germany
view. I will read some of his other books.
Yes. Would highly recommend the book. Especially poignant with the aura of personal reflection countered with what was never mentioned.... Read morePublished 12 days ago by David Allen Gray
Amazing book that explains war to those who have never experienced it. Now I understand why veterans only talk to other veterans about what happened while they serve.Published 29 days ago by Andrew
This may be the greatest book about war ever written. The author fought for Germany in the First World War and was wounded, so he knows what he writes about. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BRBDallas
Having just completed the BBC World War I documentary series which made the war come alive in moving picture I felt compelled to seek out some books written by those who had the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Miriam McCoull
This narration of the life of an infantry grunt in the German Army during the trench warfare of WWI is riveting and an accurate depiction of war from the mud and hunger and fear... Read morePublished 1 month ago by grizzlybill70