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All Quiet on the Western Front Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1987
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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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In my opinion, the Nazis burned Remarque's books not because he changed his name to a non-German name, but because this book is filled with anti-war sentiment cloaked as it had to be in 1928 when this was first published. To have lived through war in the trenches as Remarque did, qualifies him to speak to the insanity of mass killing that is war.
Let us all read his pages and imbibe the message of the cruelty and senselessness of war. I feel as if I want to go out and obtain a copy of every book Remarque ever published. Let his experience be our teacher; let his message endure. Let every school-kid in the world read and study these pages, so they come to know what war is. Let the decision-makers of the world pore over every passage, and ask themselves whether they will send their children to war. Let Remarque's works guide their decision.
Truly a classic.
Told from a young German boy’s - just hardly out of school - point of view, each chapter makes you not only relive all of the horrors of the war together with him but also poses eternal questions that every man fighting in the front line eventually asks himself: what is this all for? Aren’t we all brothers under our uniforms? Why all these unnecessary deaths? Why take another one of my comrades today?
The gory fighting scenes described with brutal honesty are masterfully repleted with some beautiful, melancholic prose of ceasefire days; of camaraderie and glimpses of civil life on leave; of broken families and former acquaintances - all of which suddenly loses its very meaning after the horror one will never forget once he lived through it.
Incredibly touching and almost painfully truthful at times, this novel should definitely be on everyone’s must-read list. It’s one of those novels that will stay with you forever once you dive into its dark, riveting depth.
As a veteran I am not adverse to fighting for my country. I just think that we need to have an objective and make sure that America's security is threatened