All Quiet on the Western Front Author:Erich Maria Remarque Few novels have ever achieved such dramatic acclaim or such enduring success as erich Maria Remarque's brilliant and bitter novel, All Quiet on the Western Front. — Hailed my critics the world over as the 20th century's definitive novel on war, it has sold over three and a half million copies and been translated into twenty-five languages. — 1965 ... more »edition« less
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.
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.