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Book Review: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque - Reviewed by ohbukowski (10 Jun 2011)
This book changed my views on war and war heroes. The cruelty and horror experienced by Paul and his fellow soldiers are just unimaginable; un-transmissible except by someone who has been there. Before the war Paul is a sensitive boy who writes poetry and has a deep inner life. The war erases this. He feels hopeless and unable to communicate his experiences to his family and friends.
As war destroys lives around him, Paul chronicles it all with helplessness. Remarkable characters, and camaraderie in the face of senseless, baffling deaths.
On leave from the front, Paul comes back to visit his family, knowing he will have to return again to the war. His community's incapacity to understand his experience is heartbreaking and crazymaking.
This book is a masterpiece. Everyone should read it, and have their heart broken a little by it!
Erich Maria Remarque was born in 1899. He fought and was injured in the trenches in the First World War when he was eighteen years old. He was exiled and his works were burnt by the Nazis. He lived in America and Switzerland and married and divorced his first wife twice before marrying the celebrated Hollywood actress Paulette Goddard. He published several novels after All Quiet on the Western Front, the most famous of which is The Road Back. He died in 1970. Brian Murdoch was born in 1944. He is Professor of German at Stirling University.
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