Jun 10, 11
Read from May 31 to June 10, 2011
Well there's no question about Remarque's ability to create a vivid picture of life during wartime. The images are haunting and there's no mistaking the miserable condition in which the main character finds himself. I found it difficult to like the main character for the first half of the book. I think that portion was just so focused on the setting that it was hard to relate to any of the character's motivations. Parts of the dialogue felt forced and awkward, but that may have been an issue with translation. I thought this was a good book, although I liked All Quiet... much better. Remarque is very good at making you stop and think about life, war, and death.