All Quiet on the Western Front

I have just finished reading this book which, in its way, is a bit of a family heirloom. Let’s deal with that first.

image002We can see by appearance that this is quite an old book and inside it carries the name of my Grandmother.

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But now let me tell you a bit about the book. It is about the First World War but it was originally written in German for it is about a group of German soldiers doing what was perceived as their bit for their country. It is, of course, a work of fiction. The vast majority of the tale is narrated by soldier Paul Bäumer. It tells what happened to his friends and former classmates. It is really quite harrowing accounts of death, disease etc. It also highlights how Paul can no longer cope at home when he gets some leave. He feels isolated from that old world. The lads discuss how the people fighting on the other side must feel just as they do – that God is on their side.

The book was written by Erich Maria Remarque and first published in Germany in January 1929. It was translated into English by A W Wheen and appeared in April of the same year. It clearly sold well.

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The book gets its title from the very last page – the only one not narrated by Paul. Don’t read it if you don’t want the ending spoiled.

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4 Responses to “All Quiet on the Western Front”

  1. Janet Says:

    Extremely moving book.

  2. marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

    100% right, Janet

  3. Luanne @ TFK Says:

    Beautiful post. I was tortured by this book in 7th grade history class, so I think I need to reread from an adult perspective. I love old books.

    • locksands Says:

      Thank you so much. I think the book will still cause torture. It is too moving and harrowing for words. No wonder my grandfathers would never talk about it.

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