Book Reviews of All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
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ISBN-13: 9780449911495
ISBN-10: 0449911497
Publication Date: 9/29/1996
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
There are some books that should be read by every generation. The book conquers without persuading, it shakes you without exaggerating, a perfect work of art and at the same time truth that cannot be doubted
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This is one of those books that keeps being taught in schools. Damned good thing, too. Everyone should read it. It is heartrending, horrifying, beautiful and not a word wasted. Very short book that will stay with you long after you read it--haunting in that way that the best books are.
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Helpful Score: 7
Remarque is an honest writer. When he writes of war he depicts it honestly. Read this, then read the rest of his writings.
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Heart breaking to read how a generation of young men were killed or wounded under horrible conditions. And this was supposed to be the "war to end all wars!"
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This is stupid embarrassing, but the name of the main character is Paul Baeumer, and the author's name is Erich Remarque, but the book felt so real I thought I was reading a real autobiographical history of a soldier in WWI until the very end.

The point is, yes, I'm stupid, but also how amazing real the book reads.

The other thing I think is that this book wouldn't have been nearly as effective if it were an account of a soldier on the winning side. Duh, you who have read the book say. It's all about the futility of war. Well, yeah, but still.
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Helpful Score: 2
i found the beginning a little tough to get through, but i really liked the ending.
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A realistic, sink-your-teeth into book. A powerful war book.
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it's a really good war story, with lots of details.
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It was an enlightening as well as depressing view of war and how it effects an individual. I enjoyed it a lot.
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every young man should read it.
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Classic - Good for our times
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This book is simply stunning and should be mandatory reading for high school. It doesn't attempt to be overly political but shows a stark naked picture of the reality of war (WW1.)
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I love this book. It is a hard read from a historical and emotional front. The beautiful yet disturbing poetic language used to describe the gutteral baseness of what is happening all around the central character can be overwhelming, but that seems to be the intention. This is such an amazing book and really should be read again after the high school years.
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This is stupid embarrassing, but the name of the main character is Paul Baeumer, and the author's name is Erich Remarque, but the book felt so real I thought I was reading a real autobiographical history of a soldier in WWI until the very end.

The point is, yes, I'm stupid, but also how amazing real the book reads.

The other thing I think is that this book wouldn't have been nearly as effective if it were an account of a soldier on the winning side. Duh, you who have read the book say. It's all about the futility of war. Well, yeah, but still.
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A must read for those studying trench warfare during WW I. A warning...this book accurately portrays the horrors of living in the trenches.
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Everybody should read this at least once.
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This is simply the best war novel ever written. Truly enlightening.
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Disturbing view of war, very powerful and pretty fast reading too. Not for the faint of heart.
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This is one of the most well known war books, I enjoyed it, it gave a real personal perspective to the war
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One of the most moving books I have ever read. A truly great book.
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Probably the closest one can get to a soldiers' experience without being one. This book shows the true nature of war.
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A classic of modern literature.
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The classic German novel of World War I. Remarque fought in the war himself and his descriptions of trench warfare in France are vivid. A great read for anyone, especially those interested in history or human nature during wartime.
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Great book for studying & discussions about war with our highschool-aged children.
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I was forced to read this book in 9th grade. It was so amazing I couldnt put it down. To this day, it remains one of my favorite books. The author does an amazing job of brining a human element to war.
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This was in a stack of my husband's old war stories. I haven't read it but the movie was a big hit.
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Very good look at human nature and the ironies of life. A bittersweet ending, but a real glimpse of how war affects a young life.
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Very good book and interesting insight.
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Remarque writes in the epigraph that his book will describe the men who were destroyed by the war and after that 'All Quiet on the Western Front is a near ceaseless exploration of the destructive properties of WWI. This novel was Superb-a Masterpiece displaying the raw guts' of humanity.
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I am young. I am twenty years old: yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow

This is the testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of work, duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.

Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men against each other, if only he can come out of the war alive.
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Well written and reflects the lower middle class of Amnerica conditoin durin around the 1st WW.
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Classic novel of World War One
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,.. a vivid story about a young man who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I.
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The greatest war novel of all time!
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This book is excellent for a high school history class.
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Paul Baumer enlists with his classmates in the German army of WWI. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of work, duty, culture and progress they had been taught breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other, if only he come out of the war alive.
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I read this book a long long time ago, when I was in higi school. It must have been OK, because I kept it all these years. But I doubt I will ever read it again, so hope someone else can enjoy it - or at least finish their term paper!
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Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other--if only he can come out of the war alive.
"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first trank, 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."
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