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One of the greatest classic stories
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Overall I feel pretty mixed about the book. I liked it but at t
One of the most distrac...
One of the most distracting things about reading AQOTWF was the inconsistent tone I felt it gave off. It wasn't just chapter to chapter, it was event to event. I understand that each event in the book has it's own particular feel, whether it light-hearted and humorous or down right heart breaking. Even with that said, this was written as an autobiography, from Paul's perspective, and with that, I had assumed consistent personality and tonality. It may be just me, but it was bothersome as it messed with the flow at which I read this book.1 But this tone could have also been done on purpose to show Paul's instability in his life.
I did not feel any deep connection or overall sympathy to AQOTWF like I had felt With The Old Breed.2 I did try to tone down my expectations because of WTOB set the bar fairly high in my mind about what an autobiography on war should include.
Being from a German perspective didn't effect the story any. If AQOTWF had been written from any side at the time, not much would change. War is war. Soldiers of the time are all in a trench -different ones, but equally miserable.
All Quiet on the Western Front was a read I'm glad I read, but I am not blown away by the book that has claimed the title "The Greatest War Novel of All time".
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Posted April 20, 2010
A sincere, well-developed novel that will wrap your brain in its emotion and symbolism.
All Quiet is a capturing story about a group of boys that are a whole staircase closer to being men after the novel is through putting them through its courses. The plot may not be an absolute "on-the-edge-of-my-seat" type of course, but the path it carves is surrounded by lush characterization, symbolism, and honest script. It is well worth a read and reread; the richness of this novel has not yet lost its flavor with me personally yet, even after a few re-reads. I definately reccomend this wartime, coming of aqe story that is also a deeper look at the human psyche and human interaction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2009
Fairly good, not my favorite, but it was a good read.
"All Quiet on the Western Front" was an interesting book. The first part that stood out to me was the cover page. The cover page stands out because it is full of many colors, and it has a soldier. I like learning about history, especially the wars, so the soldier on the front really just got my attention. The first part of the book that I read was the description, and it seemed very interesting to me. That is the reason I chose this book. While reading "All Quiet on the Western Front" it just got more interesting as I read further into the book. The reason I liked this book was mainly because the topic of war and about soldiers really interests me. I haven't ever found a book that talks about their life outside of fighting, just ones about the soldiers shooting and killing other soldiers from other countries or the enemies. This book talked about both which I liked because then I could relate how the same character acted differently between when they are fighting and just sitting and eating their noon meal with their squad. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, especially those who find history of all kind interesting. This is good for a high school student because it teaches the kids about soldiers and that they don't just go on to the battlefield and fight. It shows that they actually suffer in many other ways so that we can keep out freedoms. This is what they usually fight for, however, sometimes we fight to protect other countries. It shows that they don't get a lot of food, and it shows how much time and work is used by these individuals. I would say that nothing really lacked, just that it went into too many details. It would have helped me understand better if it were more broad, because some parts I had to read four or five times just to understand what they were telling the reader.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2009
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Slow But Good Read
The book's plot moves pretty slowly in order to develop the characters as much as possible, but I understand why this book is called the best war novel of all times. War scenes are accurately represented and the plot holds the thrill and edge-of-the-seat kind of feeling that can only be felt in a real battle. I especially liked the ending and the message it gave. Look for Remarque's anti-war comments as you read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2009
A war novel that will deeply impact the emotions.
"All Quiet on the Western Front" takes you into the ture reality of how brutual war is. The first person style of the book allows you to see war through the eyes of a soldier. Also, it is written in diary format so the main charactars thoughts,feelings,and emotions are there in dramatic detail. I recommand this book for anyone who enjoys war novals or dramas.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 12, 2009
Posted March 11, 2009
War will never be the same...
No book based on a war has impacted me so much as "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque. It is a great book, a must-read, one you can't miss. This book was always in my backpack while I was reading it, and whenever I got the chance, I took it out, found a nice shady comfortable place and submerged myself into World War 1. The scenes, the way in which Remarque describes them, is amazing in itself. I could feel shells dropping, exploding beside me. I could hear the terrible explosions all around me, hear the piercing screams of agony from the wounded soldiers. I could feel the love for the soldiers in the book, feel broken apart when one of them died, as if they were my brothers. This is what Remarque accomplishes with this breathtaking novel about WW1. He writes it in the point of view of a 19 year old german soldier called Paul Baumer. In this soldier's point of view you are able to witness the atrocities of the trench warfare in WW1. You are able to witness, a generation of men, being destroyed physically and emotionally by the war. You are able to witness men, being used as tools. You are able to witness how their lives become almost insignificant, how they are so small compared to the larger picture. In this book, you can see how some men can cope with so much devastation, so much tragedy. And you can see how many men can't take it, and take their lives. This book, will educate. This book, will entertain. This book, will make you see war from a whole different point of view, one that will make feel glad that you are only reading about it, not actually living it. As it says in the title, "All Quiet on the Western Front", is the greatest war novel of all time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 6, 2009
I loved this book for its overall depth and character development in regards to the horrific nature of war. It really depicted a picture that allowed us to sympathize and afforded us a foothold to begin to understand the tragedies that these young man had to endure. I believe that at some level we all can understand some of the pains of loneliness that Paul went through; yet, we can only truly catch a glimpse of the unimaginable magnitude of hopelessness and suffering through the author's writing. Overall, this book was a constant reminder that life is too short to be wasted, and every moment should be cherished. For there were and are too many that have not been afforded such.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The best novel about war of all time
All Quiet on the Western front is a novel about a 19 year old boy named paul baumer who goes to war in WW1.during his and his companys struggle, many of the young 19 year olds are killed. This book shows the harshness of war death and even peace. In this book the main character, paul learns that the enemies are as just confused, scared, and brainwashed just as the germans.I would recomend this book to anyone that is willing to learn about the multi faces of war.Coming into the war the 19 year old boys were young,arrogant, and wanting to kill all of the frenchs on the opposite side. although as the progress through the war, see death, and face bombardements, their opinions quickly changed from arrogant, and ignorant to humble,mercyfull, and beleivers in chance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2009
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In high school I avoided reading this book, as well as many others, due to my own false sense of rebellion. However, years later, after abandoning my past defiance, I came across this book. ...And go figure, it's actually quite absorbing. <BR/><BR/>Mark Baker's "Nam" and Walter Dean Myer's "Fallen Angels" are two more enthralling books that will arouse those war enthusiasts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 23, 2008
Powerful Enough to Affect High Schoolers!
I first encountered and read AQ when I was student teaching, and found myself stunned by how much I loved it, as well as by how "important" a work it is. I now teach it whenever I get the chance. My best recommendation for this novel comes from a student's reaction: After complaining and complaining that he "didn't like it" and that "it was boring," this 10th grader arrived in class one day and announced, "Well, I finished the book . . . and I'm mad at it!" Of course, I asked him why, to which he responded, somewhat sheepishly, "It made me cry at the end." Suffice it to say that he no longer hated the book (although he told me this year that he's in no great hurry to read it again, but that was a compliment). <BR/><BR/>My one wish is that more readers tuned in to the wry, black humor of the novel, for example, the scenes in the Cologne hospital ward, with the nuns praying loudly for the veterans' recovery, and thereby keeping the vets awake! <BR/><BR/>It's tough, it's funny, it's touching, it's chock-full-o-themes-and-symbols (we English teachers like that in a book), and all these years later, it's timely. <BR/><BR/>What's not to love?<BR/><BR/>Just go read this book . . . even if you're an adult and you don't "have to."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 10, 2008
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This is the only book that has ever stopped my life. After reading it I literally just slowed down and had to process what I had just read for almost three months. It's my favorite book of all time, and I will never read it a second time. It is too powerful. I honestly can't say what it is about All Quiet on the Western Front that moved me in such a strong way, but it did.<BR/>I think it is wrong for highschoolers to read it unless they are very mature. It is a very 'heavy' novel that will weigh on your mind for a long time. Even thinking about it now...<BR/>If you're up for a read that will play with your emotions in an extreme (in my case) way, read this.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 19, 2008
Posted May 26, 2008
It was just ok
I had to read this book in my Freshman honors english class. It certainly wasnt the best book i have ever read. Sometimes it was slow. I often found my self falling asleep when i read this book. Some things were meant to be exciting but really not. It did not keep me interested at all.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2008
A good novel that explores the horrors of War and how one man copes with those emotions during his time served. Filled with intense action along the battlelines, easy to follow plot, and the challenge of understanding some German language :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2007
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is a outstanding book. The author, Erich Maria Remarque actually served for the German army during World War 1. So you can expect this book to be on point and true. The narrator of the story is Paul Baumer. He and his classmate friends joined the German army after they were done with their schooling. You experience terrifying and horrible things World War 1 had through Paul¿s eyes. You get to see what goes on in boot camp and all the way to the warfare. This book is very deep. Not only do you get to hear about the fighting, but also you see how the characters feel. They¿ve been from home from a long time, food-stamp type food, and a constant worry of dying. All these factors contribute to how the characters feel. You can see them change as the you get farther in the book. If you enjoy war books, then I recommend you reading this one if you haven't already. Its very deep and also depressing. This book in my opinion is 5 stars!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2007
Great American Novel
Perhaps my favorite book of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front captivates you into the real horrors of war and showed the outer and inner struggles of the characters in direct correlation to the war. Both sad and funny, this book has it all!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 19, 2007
This book did a great job of describing te realities of war and showing the reader how horrible it can be. That's the good part, and that's what I liked about it. However, there really wasn't much character development. When one of the soldiers died, I heard myself saying 'Yay, one less soldier to deal with' as opposed to feeling sad for them. In addition, the author went on describing things that really were of no importance to the story. But if you can overlook such things and recognize the true backbone of the story, you should be able to enjoy it somewhat, even though it might be a little annoying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 27, 2007
I was assigned to read this book over the summer for my school and was dreading the moment when I would finally have to read it. Once I picked up the book, I could not put it down. I'm not much of a fan of war stories, but the book was so captivating and so interesting I was upset that the story had ended. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of adventure and an eye for description and captivation. It was a truly fantastic read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2007
I had to read this book for summer reading going into nith grade. This book does do a good job depicting the horrors of war and for that I give it props, but this book is extremely depressing and sometimes tends to drag a bit. Our world is already depressing enough, if i wanted to hear about war and death i would just turn on the news.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.