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John said:
All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel illustrating the real terror and uselessness of war. One main theme of this book is the idea that countries uses soldiers as their playing pieces, turning them into animals only seeking survival. The soldiers, who joined the war for nationalistic reasons, begin to see the government (Germany) as the enemy instead of the French. They become disconnected from everything as they witness the horrors of war. This is one of the most graphic and visual pieces of literature I have read, but it truly described the horrors of war. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a taste of wars fast pace and terrifying results.
posted Apr 9, 2004
Lauren said:
In the heart of the German front in World War I, the book All Quiet on the Western Front shows how soldier Paul Baumer and his friends experience the reality of Death. Young men around the ages of 19 and 20 are encouraged by their schoolteacher Kantorek to join the army and fight for nationalism. In doing so, the boys are fired up and ready to serve their country in this patriotic duty. However, once they get out to the front, the terrors of war haunt them and they realize that their lives will never be the I think this book is worth reading because it places the reader in the front along the young men. When reading this one can feel the fear that Paul and the others are experiencing. This book makes one thankful for my-- life and presents a different view on life and death.
posted Apr 9, 2004
Nels said:
The novel follows the lives of eight boyhood friends who enlist in the German army during World War I after the advice of their teacher, Kantorek, through the eyes of Paul Baumer. This book explores the awfulness of war, and the devastation of young minds and lives. I suppose I am a little biased being a 17 year old male in semi-war time situation. This is a very good book applicable to all cultures and times, this universal book can interest all readers. All people who would either experience or have experienced war would most certainly share the author's feelings expressed in this book and it's horror.
posted Apr 9, 2004
Nina said:
Paul Baumer expresses how his ideals on war developed, during his personal narration of his experience in World War II. Remarque instills a very realistic portrayal of a how a man's life is swiftly changed and altered through war into the soldier's way of life'. He recounts this through Paul Baumer and his other friends who joined the war effort in Germany at nineteen years of age. I would recommend this novel to anyone who would like to know a true experience of a soldier's life in war.
posted Apr 9, 2004
Great-Scott! said:
Powerful, evocative, original
posted Mar 15, 2010 at 12:28PM
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