I was searching around and realized I had never read this novel. I am sure I visited a movie but as usual, much more to be gained from the book.; totally worth reading. WWI was a horror. I hope WWII is the last of our "World Wars". Forever
For those who hesitate to read "classics", this one will surprise you. It's as readable and pertinent today as when it was published in 1929. Written from the point of view of a young German soldier, it gives a fresh look to WWI narratives. Follow up the book with the film version, which is true to the book and deeply moving.
Most stories about World War I are told from the British or American point-of-view. "All Quiet" , written from the perspective of a German soldier, confirms the horrors of war -- no matter what side you're on. A definite "must read."
This simply but powerfully written story needs to be read by all soldiers of any "side" who are brainwashed to believe that fighting in war is glorious, noble and will save them, their families and their country from an evil enemy. All soldiers (and civilians) are fed this line and then they march themselves up to be slaughtered because of the lust for power, acquisition and subjugation of their mad leaders, who will themselves (nor their own families) be nowhere the carnage. "The only winner is death."
Also note, War is Big Business and some "humans" welcome it in order to grow very rich while, of course, being themselves nowhere near the bloodbath.
Although it's hard to say a book about death and destruction during WWI but this book is incredible. It's raw, relatable, and unforgettable.
Compare to "Suddenly We Didn't Want to Die: Memoirs of a World War I Marine" by Elton Mackin. Follow up book is "The Road Back."
Told from the perspectives of young German boys drafted to fight in the first World War, this short novel offers a mesmerizing and vivid account of the horrors of trench warfare.
“In America, All Quiet on the Western Front remains one of the most popular novels addressing WWI, even in spite of the fact that the story is told from the perspective of America's WWI enemy's – a German soldier. American journalist Henry Louis Mencken described the novel as "unquestionably the best story of the World War" . . .
“Some passionate emotions were stirred on November 10, 1928, when Remarque published the first installment of the novel in Vossische Zeitung, a German magazine. Many readers immediately noticed that the novel called into question the values set forth by Nazi Germany's "fatherland" propaganda. All Quiet on the Western Front was banned and burned in Germany along with hundreds of other books with similar themes.” . . . . from: http://www.shmoop.com/all-quiet-on-western-front/
More than 80 years after its publication, this novel still has the power to horrify and shock. There have been better-written and more nuanced novels about the Great War since, but nothing quite as powerful as All Quiet on the Western Front.
Keep a little German in your thoughts while reading the English version:
Im = In dem = In the
Westen = West
nichts = nothing
Neues = new
So, correctly translated, the title is
Nothing New in the West
which is altogether less cramped than the militaristic slant given by the translator.
An excellent novel on the ravages of trench warfare during WWI and the ethics of survival. Written in 1929 this novel is still a gripping tale of the horrors of war. Definitely worth reading.
Remarque powerfully recounts the common experience of “a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war,” no matter what side they fought on. It earns its reputation as a great war novel and a great anti-war novel.
The story, about WWI from the rank and file point-of-view, clearly shows that War is the same for the participants, regardless of side.There are no winners other than Death. This is an outstanding account and should be required reading in secondary schools.The book has been translated from the original German, first published in 1929. There have been many editions since. The film of the same name, made in USA in 1930 does the book justice. Black and white. No Hollywood or Disney elements in sight.Like the book, it is a classic of its genre.
I just finished this book, its been a marathon of reading, I thought I had already read it but did not recognize anything till I got to the horses on the battle field. Even in translation so smooth reading and gripping and graphic. Its probably better in Spanish. Just kidding. Thank you.
An extremely poignant book. It's very sad, really puts you in a soldier's shoes. One of my favorites, really makes you think.
I fully agree that the novel was well written. However, I did not personally like the style of the book. Some of this may be because it was originally in German and then translated into English. Also, War is not exactly something fun to read about...
Starting on a book report of All Quiet. So far on page 60 its REALLY good. You get hooked on the events that are taking place. It does "put you in the shoes of someone in WWI" HIGHLY RECOMENDED.
This is an iconic book for a reason. It is a look at war from the soldier's point of view. If you are looking for tales of glory and honor, they are here but not in the way you think of it. It is more a story about the sacrifice of young men. I was a young teen when I first read this and perhaps one of the surprising things about this book is that it is written from the german perspective of WWI, perhaps one of the greatest things I learned was that the "bad guys" were human as well. Because in the end it doesn't matter. The experience, the loss of life, even for the survivors, is there. Everyone should read this book, the GI joe wannabe and the pseudo-intellectualist peacenik. Both stand to learn something from this book.
The experiences of a young german soldier during ww1. How the war changes him from a compassionate teenager with the same cares, concerns and qualities as a Canadian boy to a product of war.
Excellent first person perspective of WWI in the trenches. moving story of friendship and loss. gritty, gruesome, unvarnished. though the methods of warfare are more primitive than today, the sentiments seem timeless and universal.