Paul is the protagonist and narrator of the novel. He is, at heart, a kind, compas-sionate, and sensitive young man, but the brutal expe-rience of warfare teaches him to detach himself from his feelings. His account of the war is a bitter invective against sentimental, romantic ideals of warfare. Kat, as he is known, is forty years old at the beginning of the novel and has a family at home.
There's only so many times you can go through the same shit, whether they're English, French, German, Russian — oh look, another group of pals from school, eagerly jogging down to the war office to sign up.
Now it's just a matter of guessing which horrible death will be assigned to them: It's like the most depressing drinking game ever.
I wish, after spending many months reading around this subject, that I could pick out some obscure classic to recommend and perhaps I will still find some, because I intend to keep reading about —18 throughout —18but I have to say that this novel, famously one of the greatest war novels, is in fact genuinely excellent and left quite an impression on me, despite my trench fatigue.
Remarque has the same elements as everyone else — because pretty much everyone in this war went through the same godawful mind-numbingly exhausting terror — but he describes it all with such conviction and such clarity that I was sucker-punched by the full horror of it all over again.
The story is studded with remarkable incidents that linger in the mind: I loved the moment where our narrator and his friends swim across a river to have a drink with some local French girls, arriving naked because they couldn't risk getting their uniforms wet.
They seem to be really hungry.
They have had a go at practically everybody's bread. Kropp has wrapped his in tarpaulin and put it under his head, but he can't sleep because they run across his face to try and get at it.
Detering tried to outwit them; he fixed a thin wire to the ceiling and hooked the bundle with his bread on to it. During the night he puts on his flashlight and sees the wire swinging backwards and forwards. Riding on his bread there is a great fat rat.
There is also a fair bit of philosophising. While guarding a group of Russian prisoners-of-war, our narrator is overcome by the arbitrariness of the whole situation: An order has turned these silent figures into our enemies; an order could turn them into friends again.
On some table, a document is signed by some people that none of us knows, and for years our main aim in life is the one thing that usually draws the condemnation of the whole world and incurs its severest punishment in law.
How can anyone make distinctions like that looking at these silent men, with their faces like children and their beards like apostles? Any drill-corporal is a worse enemy to the recruits, any schoolmaster a worse enemy to his pupils than they are to us.
I found this quote and this resolution very moving, because Germany's post-war history rendered it so utterly futile.
When the Nazis came to power in — just four years after this was published — they set about burning the book, which tended to be their first response to any problem. He took the hint, and sailed to the US in The German state, in what amounted to a fit of pique, cut his sister's head off instead and then billed what was left of his family for wear and tear to the blade.ERICH MARIA REMARQUE was born in Germany in and drafted into the German army during World War I.
His novel All Quiet on the Western Front was published in and was an instant best seller. When the Nazis came to power, Remarque left Germany for Switzerland; he lost his German citizenship, his books were burned, and his films banned.
A Book Review of All Quiet on the Western Front: By Erich Maria Remarque. While All Quiet on the Western Front may help us understand the effects of the Great War on Germany, it is as an account of trench warfare and a simple story of human endurance. All Quiet on the Western Front is a world famous novel by Erich Maria Remarque, in which he paints a vivid portrait of the horrors of war, inspired by his own experience in the First World War. Through the eyes of the young Paul Bäumer, the reader discovers the atrocities of an absurd conflict, as well as the solidarity and fraternity of the Author: Bright Summaries. Home. ABOUT US. benjaminpohle.com, Inc., was founded nationally on January 21, to provide support, information, and services to Marines and their family members, and create opportunities for the public to support our troops through the organization's outreach programs.
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