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All Quiet on the Western Front

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  193,644 ratings  ·  5,064 reviews
This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. These young men become enthusiastic soldiers, but their world of duty, culture, and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.

Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the hatred that meaninglessly pi
Mass Market Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 12th 1987 by Ballantine (first published November 1928)
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Jul 23, 2009 Daniel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Rose
Shelves: 2009
I don't know why it took me so long to get to "All Quiet on the Western Front," but I'm glad I finally read it and am grateful to my friend Rose for recommending it. The book, first published in the late 1920s, is an absolutely heartbreaking, wonderfully written novel about the permanent damage done to those who fight in wars. Few anti-war novels written since have matched Erich Maria Remarque's unsettling book, and I doubt any have surpassed it.

Given how famous "All Quiet" is, there's little ne

Man, I need a break. I've been reading about the First World War solidly since December and I've had enough now. 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. Brilliant. Now it's just a matter of guessing which horrible death will be assigned to them: shrapnel to the stomach, bleeding to death in no-man's-land, drowning in mud, succumbin
… all the memories that come … are always completely calm … They are soundless apparitions that speak to me, with looks and gestures silently, without any word … They are quiet in this way because quietness is so unattainable for us now … Their stillness is the reason why these memories of former times do not awaken desire so much as sorrow – a vast, inapprehensible melancholy. Once we had such desires- but they return not. They are past, they belong to another world that is gone from us.


All Quiet on the Western Front (or, to give it its German title, Nothing New in the West) has been hailed as the best war novel ever, and it's easy to see why. World War I is described in such vivid non-glory in its pages that you are sucked into the story straight away and stay there for the next two hundred pages. It is obvious that the author, Erich Maria Remarque, had first-hand experience of the things he writes about; the details are so right and authentic-sounding that they couldn't possi ...more
My copy of this was a paperback that I had picked up somewhere in my high school years. It was printed in the ‘50s and cost 60 cents per the cover price. The pages were yellowed and an old dog of mine (dead 20 years now) chewed on a corner of it at one point, and his teeth marks are still on it. But I held onto that copy over the years through multiple changes of residence and numerous paperback dumps to used book stores and library donations. When I was trying to organize some of my stuff packe ...more
Paul Baumer needs you to see things from his perspective.

Paul is a German soldier, posted on the Western Front during World War I. Paul hangs out with his buddies and tries to keep things loose, but Paul can’t rid himself from the stress of battle. He goes home on leave and everything is tainted with war. No matter what he does or who he’s with, Paul’s mind drifts toward the front. Paul’s world view has been changed in significant ways.

On the front Paul is consumed with death. Paul sees his sma
Yeah ! My first 5 star read of 2014. Excellent- A mesmerizing and vivid account of war.

I bought this novel as an audio book for $2.95 on Audible's daily deal and firstly I have to say the narrator was excellent but after a few pages I realized I just had to have the physical book as the writing was so beautiful I needed to have the book in my hand and re-read some of the wonderfully constructed sentances.

This is a story about Paul, a young German soldier who goes to war along with some of his
I am silent. What can I say? Here I have been, for the last year or two, searching for books on WW1. I have read fiction and non-fiction and biographies. This thin little book has more of an impact than any other I have read.

This is a book to be read many times.

Not only is it profound in message, but the author writes beautifully.

Can humor be incorporated in a book with such a serious message? Yes, Remarque pulls this off too.

This thin book perfectly captures

- war in the trenches
- mustard gas

This is a novel I’ve been meaning to read for years and I’m not really sure what took me so long. It may just have been that I’ve never been much of a one for war literature. In any event, I wish I’d read it years ago. Even though Remarque disavowed any political purpose in writing the work, it’s the quintessential anti-war novel. The unspeakable horror of trench warfare, the fear, the boredom and the alienation are all unflinchingly described. This is powerful stuff and while there are lighter
Aug 27, 2007 Paul rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who has seen war firsthand
This book is short, but a must-have read for those understanding the humanity of war. While I cannot even imagine fighting deep in the trenches of WWI, braving shell shock and constant, brazen assaults on my front lines, I can sincerely identify with his feelings as a two-tour veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

All military differences aside (at least this guy knew what his enemy looked like), the deep feelings when you lose one of your own are still dead on--even after all these years. Along wi
Diane S.
This book is an extremely powerfully written book highlighting many of the horrors the men who fought in WWI experienced. Telling it from the viewpoint of a young man, Paul, who we first meet as a student makes it more personal for the reader. They enlist with the bravado of the young, fighting for their country, a sense of adventure that once in the trenches they quickly lose.

The nightmare that was trench warfare, seeing your friends killed and many times not sure where your next bit of food wo
The horror of poisoned skin and flesh, mangled arms and legs, whistling shells, hopeless moans, and ubiquitous filth complemented the sterile wall between Paul Baumer and his father and mother and sister when he was on leave. The war had destroyed his youth and any hunger for sunlight, twitter and soft skin. When he turned the schoolbook pages, he realized all the texts’ fragrances sweet or pungent had fled into the misty dawn. His past had fallen away and his future withered, leaving him in a l ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 03, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
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A good companion to Timothy Findley's The Wars. Why? Both of them are novels about WWI. But All Quiet on the Western Front is the German side and The Wars is the Allied side. Put them side by side in your mind. Run the stories in a parallel manner. You have a whole new novel with complete casts and both warring sides represented. How un-different the young soldiers thoughts are. How much they think that the same war, where their young comrades die left and right, to be senseless. Neither of them ...more
Back in 1986, a friend of mine, who was a Vietnam War veteran asked me to go see the movie Platoon with him. As we walked out of the theater, he was unusually quiet but asked me what I thought of the film. I responded that I thought it was excellent but I also admitted that I thought parts were confusing for a war film. "Often I couldn't tell who was shooting at who." I said. He grabbed my arm and said excitedly."THAT IS WHAT IT WAS LIKE!"

Every war has its own uniqueness. It has its unique horro
This book is so raw and grusome that I'm sure a story like Paul's is real. I wasn't sure what to give this book because, well, it was just so hopelessly depressing. It made me so depressed that at times that I just had to put it down and breath. I don't regret reading it because I learned a lot about what war is really like but I just felt so hopeless about everything. If you are anything like me and can't handle a lot of hopelessness then have something like Winnie the Pooh on hand to cheer you ...more
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 shells, were destroyed by the war - epigraph from All Quiet on the Western Front.

EMR's 1929 bleak depiction of war portrays Germany's fundamental intent on total subjugation, and the patriotic call of the Fatherland to its impressionistic "Iron Youth
This is just an absolutely tremendous read. It's riddled with amazing passages, heartbreaking moments and moments of staggering emotional impact. This is a look at war, and what war does to people, and it is conveyed in such a brutal way that, if you are a sentimental hippie like myself, you feel your insides being torn apart.

The pain and suffering that war brings with it is rendered in such amazing prose by Remarque here that I at times felt overwhelmed. I know it's a translation, but I didn't
"Let the months come, and the years, they'll take nothing more from me, they can take nothing more from me...But as long as life is there it will make its own way, whether my conscious self likes it or not."

This review is part of my Poppies & Prose feature. You can find out more here.
So when I first decided to dedicate my reading this November to books either set in or written during the two World Wars, I decided re-visit some books that I had already read.
But it was only when I picked up
If it weren’t Erich’s audacious but deep and absorbing writing styles, I would not have been able to finish it. The paperback of the book I bought is almost torn in tatters and brittle as well. I’m just getting finickier about the books I’m buying nowadays. A new or unused book with its prettily designed paperbacks is more appetizing. Hahaha.

I haven’t read all greatest war novels yet, but it should be one of them that pays tribute to all soldiers around the world. Its messages are absolutely rel
João Fernandes
I have no words to describe, let alone review, this wonderful book. A beautiful depiction of the loss of innocence, the comradeship and the horror that was World War I.

Also, the fact that this novel was on the Nazi book-burning list should tell you how devoid of biased nationalism it is.
Mikey B.

Although this is an intriguing book, I feel that it has been historically over-rated. It is more a series of vignettes describing in detail, events of the war (one could almost say pornographically; but this is admittedly a little harsh): there are scenes of wounded horses screaming, hospital with agonizing amputations, soldiers struggling in the mud…
All of this seems to be pure descriptive; almost like biographical journalistic anecdotes – and none are lengthy. The characters surr
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Buddy read with Jeff!

Holy cheezus christ on a cracker. I didn't cry while reading this, but I don't know that I've ever read a more haunting book. Part poetry, part philosophical essay, part war narrative, this is DEFINITELY one of those books every single person should read at least once in their lifetime. Remarque writes with the ease of a poet, but unlike most poets, he does not sugarcoat a single fragment of the horrors of war. This makes me want to buckle down and learn German better (I've
رمان معروف (در جبههی غرب خبری نیست) را مهمترین و مطرحترین کتاب دربارهی جنگ و اثرات آن بر روی آدمی و عمر وی میدانند. رمانی با داستانی که بسیار روان و ساده روایت شده و در اصل سندی است از وحشت جنگ و خشونت و کثافتی که در آن نهفته است. حال فرقی نمیکند این جنگ با چه نامی شروع شده باشد: دفاع از وطن، دفاع از دین، جنگ برای به دست آوردن صلح! جنگ برای ایجاد دموکراسی! و... که در واقع همهی اینها یک مشت نام هستند که بر روی این عمل گذاشته میشود و تاوان و بهای آن را مردم و جوانان و پدران و مادران پرداخت میکنند ...more
Dave Cullen
I'm rereading this after nearly 30 years (so I put it back in "currently.") It's just as good the second time.

This book had a huge impact on me in my 20s. I read it while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I was stunned by how well it rang true to my army experience, and expanded on my understanding of it. (Of course I'd never been to battle, as we were at peace.)

I had only toyed with writing at that point, had never been to writing school or finished a book of my own. So I came back
محشر کبری بود این کتاب
ریویو باشه فردا
من برم فعلن تو تختم شهید شم
Larry Bassett
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 author Erich Maria Remarque was a German soldier in the First World War. All Quiet On the Western Front is his story published in 1928 in German.

You are on the front lines. In the trenches and dugouts. In t
I feel like quoting the whole book. It is so simple and direct that it hits right upon the mark! My review can never bring justice to how I read and felt for this book. It was like I was there at the Front myself…with no direction or ambition like those soldiers I met in the text.

“This book…will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war.”

One of the most popular books to be publically burned and banned in the Nazi era
The breath of desire that then arose from the coloured backs of the books, shall fill me again, melt the heavy, dead lump of lead that lies somewhere in me and waken again the impatience of the future, the quick joy in the world of thought, it shall bring back again the lost eagerness of my youth. I sit and wait.

Likely one of the first novels I ever read. My clumsy use of "novel" refers to literature, not simply novelistic genre books routinely purchased at drug stores and discount stores and r
It has to be the defining novel of World War I and is told from the point of view of a German soldier fighting in the trenches of France. This is not a novel of romance, intrigue, and adventure; it is a stark and frightingly realistic description of what it must have been like trying to survive from one day to the next, and almost always failing. Difficult and disturbing to read, it nevertheless is a narrative of why war is horrible, and hopefully why the telling of it may help deter future wars ...more
Tariq Alferis
أنا فى نضارة الشباب .. أنا فى العشرين من عمرى .. لكنى
لا أعرف من الحياة غير اليأس , والموت , والخوف , والاحزان.
انى أرى كيف توغر الشعوب بعضها ضد بعض , وتتطاحن فى
صمت , وجهالة , وغباوة , واستسلام , وسذاجة .
ويشاركنى فى هذا الرأى الشباب المعاصر فى وطنى وفى البلاد
الاخرى فى كافة أنحاء العالم .
أن الجيل الحاضر يرى هذه الاشياء بجلاء ويلمسها معى .
ماذا يقول أسلافنا اذا وقفنا امامهم فجأة وقدمنا اليهم حسابا
عما فعلنا ؟ .
وماذا يترقبون منا اذا قدر للحرب أن تضع أوزارها ؟ .
كان مهمتنا طوال
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Erich Maria Remarque is one of the best known and most widely read authors of German literature in the twentieth century.

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“I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another.” 459 likes
“But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?” 270 likes
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