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All Quiet on the Western Front (All Quiet on the Western Front/The Road Back #1)

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Paperback, 162 pages
Published February 20th 2009 by Createspace (first published January 1929)
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Boy Blue This is the kind of war book that will hopefully stop people going to war. It's about the horrors of war. It's about a man who will age more in two…moreThis is the kind of war book that will hopefully stop people going to war. It's about the horrors of war. It's about a man who will age more in two weeks than most people will in a lifetime. It's about all the men who went and never came back, and it's about those who went and came back broken. It's about the lives of people in war and at home and how they will never be able to understand each other again. It's about the millions of lives that evaporated in the Great War, fighting for causes they didn't understand and for people who will never know the sacrifices they made.(less)

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Daniel
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniel by: Rose
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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
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Warwick

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
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Maureen
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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There are already thousands of reviews for this deeply moving and heartbreaking book here on Goodreads, and I don't know that I could add anything new. It simply broke my heart. However I do feel really strongly that I should describe the vivid imagery that I'm left with.

Bright red poppies in bloodied fields
Where death stalked its victims.
It cared not for age, creed, or nationality

What would they have achieved in life,
These young men, with so much yet to experience,
So many dreams to fulfil
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Lyn
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The greatest war novel?

Maybe.

This was one of the first books that made me think that even though I wanted to be a writer someday, maybe I did not have what it takes.

This was a sharp, swift kick in the gut; a none too subtle reminder that there are somber, very real and poignant moments captured in literature that escape petty categorization and cynicism, there are real moments that cannot be trivialized and placed on a genre specific bookshelf.

Powerful.

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Duane
It has to be the defining novel of World War I, 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 how war is horrible, and hopefully why the telling of it may help deter future wars.
Lisa
I was finishing a phase of reading and teaching facets of the First World War, and it would not be complete without this fictitious, but realistic portrait of a soldier's life in the trenches on the Western front...

I was reading excerpts from "All Quiet On The Western Front" in class, with students staring at me, some of them understanding for the first time what it really meant to be a soldier in the trenches, sent out to die under the banner of nationalism - which was an entirely positive word
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J.L.   Sutton
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From its opening in the trenches with the German Army in WWI to an end replete with utter hopelessness, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front presents a devastating picture of a soldier at war. What's clear is that our protagonist, Paul, could be a soldier of any country; his concerns and emotions could be those of a soldier of this century rather than the beginning of the 20th century. In fact, despite the images we associate with WWI (such as the gas attacks and brutal conditio ...more
Diane
Five heartbreaking stars for this classic novel about World War I.

I first read All Quiet on the Western Front my freshman year of college, thanks to Dr. K's humanities course. During this re-read, I paused not only in appreciation of what soldiers and their families suffer during war, but also for all the great teachers who spend their days trying to inspire students to have Perspective and Big Ideas and to Think Critically. I remember how meaningful it was to read this book when I was 19, and
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Ted
… 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.

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Kemper
Jul 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Chrissie
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 into a book with such a serious message? Yes, Remarque pulls this off too.

This thin book perfectly captures

- war in the trenches
- mustard g
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Martine
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
Jeff
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
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Mohammed  Ali
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ارجوكم اسمعوا صرختي هذه..ارجوكم انصتوا.." كل شيئ هادئ في الميدان الغربي "..نعم هدوءا تاما مبشرا..فرجاءا لا تخرقوا الهدنة واحترموها..فنحن نريد السلام..ماذا ؟..نعم..نعم..آه..فهمت ما تعنيه أنا ميت..هذا صحيح..و لكن من قال لك أني كنت حيا ؟..هيا..هيا اقلب جسدي..هل رأيت ؟..قلت لك..هل رأيت هدوئي ؟..هل رأيت انبساط وجهي ؟ هل شاهدت شكلي و كأني مستغرق في النوم ؟ هل رأيت كم أنا مسرور ؟..نعم..مسرور لأنني ما قتلت أو مت الآن..فأنا مت مئات المرات قبل هذه..مت عندما خطوت أول خطوة خارج المدرسة..مت عندما خطوت أول خط ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Oh my God. I will never again hear the platitude that "war is a deplorable necessity" without throwing up. Talk about books that get under your skin.

Detailed review below.

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During my teens, war for me was heroic. It was the battleground of justice – the Dharmakshetra Kurukshetra of the Mahabharata war – where the good guys defeated the evil guys. And in the thrillers which I read in those days (Alistair MacLean, Jack Higgins et al) the good guys were the British and Americans, the bad guys were
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Joey Woolfardis
This is the second book that I've very nearly given five stars this year. All Quiet on the Western Front is the story of one young man fresh out of school who is sent to the front line with his classmates and must survive the horrors of war. I have a deep interest in the First World War in particular and I've never read anything (not even a poem) that deals with war in such a way as this.

It is unforgiving and unapologetic in it's truth. The horrors of war are laid bare and every single thought t
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Ahmad Sharabiani
667. Im Westen nichts Neues = A l'ouest rien de novreau = All Quiet on The Western Front = In the West Nothing New, Erich Maria Remarque (1898 - 1970)
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
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Emer
"I am young, I am twenty years of age; but I know nothing of life except despair, death, fear, and the combination of completely mindless superficiality with an abyss of suffering.

I see people being driven against one another, and silently, uncomprehendingly, foolishly, obediently and innocently killing one another.

I see the best brains in the world inventing weapons and words to make the whole process that much more sophisticated and long-lasting.

And watching this with me are all my contemp
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Perry
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Power of Words in Depicting War

Based on the real life war experiences of its author, this novel is the most vivid I've read on the horrors of war. It's certainly the best-known book about the atrocities of trench warfare in World War I.

The novel struck me speechless by the end, stunning me most by the dichotomy of its fresh and immaculate prose against the bleakness and despair of the war's death and destruction, all in such a relatively short novel.

This combination of words, war and brevi
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Vit Babenco
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They were young. They were twenty-year-old. The war has stolen their youth.
“To me the front is a mysterious whirlpool. Though I am in still water far away from its centre, I feel the whirl of the vortex sucking me slowly, irresistibly, inescapable into itself.
From the earth, from the air, sustaining forces pour into us—mostly from the earth. To no man does the earth mean so much as to the soldier. When he presses himself down upon her long and powerfully, when he buries his face and his limbs de
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Dem
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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qwerty
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Προχθές ήμασταν ακόμη στη φωτιά, σήμερα κάνουμε το χαζό και ζούμε όπως έρχεται. Αύριο θα ξαναγυρίσουμε στο χαράκωμα. Πραγματικά, όμως, τίποτα δε λησμονούμε. Όσο βρισκόμαστε στην εκστρατεία, οι περασμένες μέρες του μετώπου πέφτουν σαν πέτρες στα βάθη του είναι μας. Γιατί είναι πάρα πολύ βαριές και δεν αντέχουμε να τις φέρνουμε στο νου μας. Αν το κάναμε, θα καταστρεφόμασταν. Γιατί το 'χω προσέξει αυτό: Η φρίκη είναι υποφερτή όσο περιορίζεσαι να σκύβεις το κεφάλι, σκοτώνει όμως σαν τη συλλογιέσαι.
Diane S ☔
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jan-Maat
When a spade is called an entrenching tool, and an entrenching tool is the ultimate weapon

I read this at school and I'm not sure how much I remember from the book and how much from seeing film versions. Taking in the civilian side from school days and the homefront gives a different impression than the military focus of the British war poets.

Re-Reading I'm struck how the narrator is self-effacing, like in the old days the teacher writing on the board in chalk but half rubbing each word off unco
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Jonathan Ashleigh
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.”

This quote sums this book up best. The main character is a modern soldier who fights in a war he considers senseless. Read this book because it is short and if you like it — read Johnny Got His Gun too.
هَنَـــاءْ

" إني وحيد .. شريد .. ضائع الأمل .. لكني قدير على مواجهة الأيام بلا خوف ولا وجل.
إن الحياة التي مرت بي هذه السنوات لا تزال تجيش في صدري، ولست أدري إن كنت أخمدت ضرامها واستنفذت نورها."

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كيف أخبرك أنني لا أستطيع التحدث عن الميدان، وأن أحلامي الخضراء اكفهَرّت وذبلت، وأن قلبي تشظّى رغم أني لم أصب .. ولم أموت.

بأي لغة أعبر عما يجول في نفسي، وأنا أهرب مما رأيت وشَاهدَت نفسي .. بعد أن قَدّمها من أثق .. طُعماً سائغاً ليوم كان فيه من لا أثق.

ورغم صغر السن، وقلة الحيلة، ونضارة القلب، لم أدرك كيف ت
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Kim
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Farnoosh Farahbakht
نویسنده کتاب، "رمارک" در مصاحبه ای در مورد این اثر گفته است : به نظر من بدیهی می نمود که آدمها صلح طلب یا ضدجنگ باشند. همیشه فکر می کردم که همه انسان ها مخالف جنگ اند، تا آنکه دریافتم کسانی هم هستند که موافق آن اند، بخصوص کسانی که خود مجبور نیستند در آن شرکت کنند

در غرب خبری نیست، کتابی که خوندنش به هیج وجه با لذت همراه نخواهد بود اما باید خواند و با چهره حقیقی و کثیف جنگ رو به رو شد.داستان در قالب خاطراتی از جوانی 18 ساله که با تحریکات معلم خود با گروهی از همکلاسان برای شرکت در جنگ جهانی اول دا
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Chrysostomos
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Συνταρακτικό!! Ολη η φρικη και η κόλαση του πολέμου σε ένα βιβλίο. Ποσες ζωες έτσι άδικα χαμένες.. Μενεις βουβός μπροστά σε τόσο παραλογισμό.
Marvin
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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.” 679 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?” 429 likes
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