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:
Brian Murdoch's translation would render the phrase as "there was nothing new to report on the Western Front" within the narrative. Explaining his retention of the original book-title, he says: Although it does not match the German exactly, Wheen's title has justly become part of the English language and is retained here with gratitude.
The phrase "all quiet on the Western Front" has become a colloquial expression meaning stagnation, or lack of visible change, in any context. The patriotic speeches of his teacher Kantorek had led the whole class to volunteer for military service shortly after the start of World War I.
His class was "scattered over the platoons amongst Frisian fishermen, peasants, and labourers. There they meet Stanislaus Katczinsky, an older soldier, nicknamed Kat, who becomes Paul's mentor. At the beginning of the book, Remarque writes, "This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it.
It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war. The monotony between battles, the constant threat of artillery fire and bombardments, the struggle to find food, the lack of training of young recruits meaning lower chances of survivaland the overarching role of random chance in the lives and deaths of the soldiers are described in detail.
They had been forced into the army. Only pitifully small pieces of land are gained, about the size of a football field, which are often lost again later. Remarque often refers to the living soldiers as old and dead, emotionally drained and shaken.
We don't want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing from ourselves, from our life.
We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The town has not changed since he went off to war; however, he finds that he does "not belong here anymore, it is a foreign world. His father asks him "stupid and distressing" questions about his war experiences, not understanding "that a man cannot talk of such things.
Indeed, the only person he remains connected to is his dying mother, with whom he shares a tender, yet restrained relationship. The night before he is to return from leave, he stays up with her, exchanging small expressions of love and concern for each other.
He thinks to himself, "Ah! How can it be that I must part from you? Here I sit and there you are lying; we have so much to say, and we shall never say it.All Quiet on the Western Front (German: Im Westen nichts Neues, lit. 'In the West Nothing New') is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I.
The book describes the German soldiers' extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front. All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque.
All Quiet on the Western Front (German: Im Westen nichts Neues, lit. 'In the West Nothing New') is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. The book describes the German soldiers' extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front. Download All Quiet on the Western Front Study Guide Subscribe now to download this study guide, along with more than 30, other titles. Get help with any book. FREE Study Guide-All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque-Free Book notes Literature Study Guides Downloadable Texts.
STUDY. PLAY. ceaselessly. without pause/stop. derive. to trace from a source or orgin. All Quiet on the Western Front - After a few rejections, the novel was serialized in and published in book form in - Over 1 million copies sold in Germany in its first year - Later was.
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: Erich Maria Remarque was born in Osnabrück, Germany, in into a lower-middle-class family.
In , he was drafted into the German army to fight in World War I, in which he was badly wounded. Ten years after the war ended, he published Im Westen Nichts Neues, translated into English a year later as All Quiet on the Western Front, a . Mar 12, · All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel.
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