Explaining his retention of the original book-title, he says:
All Quiet on the Western Front is a book that everyone should read. I specifically recommend Brian Murdoch's translation. It is very modern, and maybe the older translation has its own magic, but this one felt like a universal soldier from any era.
It helped carry the very powerful message that war, any war, is horror. The story itself is of Paul and his cohorts - 19 year old guys in the german army fighting in the western front of WWI. It was written and serialized in a newspaper in Germany 10 years after the armistice, and they were worried at the time it would feel like old news to the readers.
It has been relevant on and off ever since. There's a quote early on that I really liked - Paul writes about the reality for him and his friends who are young and went to war before finishing highschool.
Kantorek is a teacher that pushed them to enlist with nationalistic ideals: When we came out here we were cut off, whether we liked it or not, from everything we had done up to that point. We often try to find a reason or an explanation for this, but we can never quite manage it.
But for us twenty-year-olds there are only our parents, and for some of us a girlfriend. Kantorek would say that we had been standing on the very threshold of life itself. The war swept us away.
For the others, for the older men, the war is an interruption, and they can think beyond the end of it. Because of the modern language the war is very vivid. He is very down to earth and likeable. The trenches, the wounds, the boring times, the hunger, the friendship and terrible sadness and loss, the silly adventures and the void between them and their families and friends that are not part of this nightmarish existence are all described in the simplest and more poignant ways.
It is not a long book, and I highly recommend it.Feb 04, · "All Quiet on the Western Front" is Remarque's most memorable book, although he wrote nine others dealing with the miseries of war.
"All Quiet on the Western Front" is the story of Paul Baumer, a young German soldier serving in the trenches in Pages: All Quiet on the Western Front earned Remarque international popularity and established his writing career on firm financial and literary foundations.
By the time of his death in , perhaps. Most of Remarque’s novels deal with political and social upheaval in Europe during the First and Second World Wars. Several of his novels were adapted to film. However, All Quiet on the Western Front remains his masterpiece; none of his other works approaches its critical acclaim and popularity.
The novel and its first film adaptation are still .
The novel All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, is indeed an anti-war novel. Remarque, who was a soldier during World War I, tells the story of . Introduction To the biographer and student of literature, Erich Maria Remarque, who has been called the "recording angel of the Great All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque was able to indulge numerous sensualistic tastes and escape the mundane hometown that he so vividly describes in his prose.
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