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Little, Brown and Company first published Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, arguably the greatest war novel of all time, in 1929. Subsequently, the book has been translated into 45 languages and has sold more than 50 million copies. Though a fictional account, it is a timeless document of the devastation and human tragedy of World War I. The story, told from the perspective of a young German soldier, is extraordinarily detailed and realistic and thus lends itself well to the amplification of ...
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All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel

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Overview

Little, Brown and Company first published Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, arguably the greatest war novel of all time, in 1929. Subsequently, the book has been translated into 45 languages and has sold more than 50 million copies. Though a fictional account, it is a timeless document of the devastation and human tragedy of World War I. The story, told from the perspective of a young German soldier, is extraordinarily detailed and realistic and thus lends itself well to the amplification of an illustrated edition. Sixty compelling, previously unpublished black-and-white photographs from the Liberty Memorial Museum in Kansas City, Missouri - the only World War I museum in the United States - are used to illustrate this classic narrative. These photographs, showing German soldiers in the trenches, gathered around the cookhouse, guarding Russian prisoners, convalescing in the hospital, and so forth - all experiences described by Remarque's thoughtful and sensitive protagonist Paul Baumer - provide a fascinating visual and historical context for this exceptional novel.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
The world has gained a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will.
Library Journal
This edition of Remarque's 1929 World War I classic includes numerous period photos of German soldiers. If you're looking for a nice hardcover, try it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821223123
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.79 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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"Summer of 1918-Never was life in the line more bitter and more full of horror than in the hours of the bombardment, when the blanched faces lie in the dirt and the hands clutch at the one thought: No! No! Not now! Not now at the last moment!"
—from All Quiet on the Western Front
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Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Biographical Sketch     9
The Story Behind the Story     17
List of Characters     20
Summary and Analysis     23
Critical Views     52
Brian Murdoch on All Quiet on the Western Front as a Weimar Antiwar Novel     52
Brian Murdoch on Remarque and Homer     57
A.F. Bance on the Novel's Best-seller Status     63
Chris Daley on the Force of Silence in All Quiet on the Western Front     68
Hildegard Emmel on All Quiet on the Western Front as a Weimar Novel     71
Vita Fortunati on the Representation of World War I in Hemingway, Remarque, and Ford Madox Ford     75
Dorothy B. Jones on the Film Version of the Novel     79
Helmut Liedloff on A Farewell to Arms and All Quiet on the Western Front     83
Alfredo Bonadeo on Paul Baumer's Relationship to German Culture     87
Modris Eksteins on the Novel as a Postwar Commentary     92
Hans Wagener on the Final Chapter of All Quiet on the Western Front     96
Robert Baird on Hollywood's Ambivalence to World War I Novels     100
Wilhelm J. Schwarz on Remarque's Memorial to the Unknown Soldier     105
Works   Erich Maria Remarque     110
Annotated Bibliography     111
Contributors     120
Acknowledgments     123
Index     125
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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    One of the greatest classic stories

    I first found this book in the library and didn't think much of it: a small, worn thing, bound in battered blue leather. Nothing but the faded gilt words of the title on the front. I vaguely remembered that there was a movie made about it, but I had no idea what the story was about. Little did I know, it turned out to be a deeply moving coming-of-age story, on par with The Catcher in the Rye and The Wars. It's the story of a twenty-year-old soldier, not much more than a boy, who struggles between his duty as a soldier and his own value for life, regardless of which side of the trenches it comes from. The novel is quietly poignant and at times devastating, with moments of beauty and horror that could only have been told by someone as an actual witness of that war. A true classic.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Very disappointed in this copy

    Very upset. Bought this copy for 2.99 and was excited to pay such a good price until I doscovered it only has the first 135 pages! What a ripoff. Wish I could get a refund...

    10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    One of the most interesting war novels I have read so far!

    I'm a sophomore in high school, and this was one of our required readings, and I just have to say that this book is amazing! It has various types of literary devices flowing through its pages, and the plot keeps you entangled within its words. It brings out every feeling in you and is a very good choice for a required reading, (if you're a teacher). Recommended to all, but more particularly, people that would like to experience the reality of war, the effects of war, and a fight between the myth of war and the real thing as the truth is revealed during your reading. Enjoy! :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Dont buy it! '9 C Ripoff

    Only the first 135 pages not even the complete book

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Rip off

    I bought but it will only allow me to read sample..

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

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     Overall I feel pretty mixed about the book. I liked it but at t

     Overall I feel pretty mixed about the book. I liked it but at the same time I did not. For every chapter there was always a golden nugget of a sentence or two that I had to break out my pen and underline for later pondering on and review.
     
         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".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    In my opinion All Quiet on the Western Front is a great book. It

    In my opinion All Quiet on the Western Front is a great book. It is one of the most popular war novels and I agree with people who say it's good. I am not a huge fan of reading unless it is an interesting book, and I can say this definitely is. This book kept me reading and I had a lot of fun with it. However, some people might find this book too violent.
    It is hard for me to get into a book unless it starts off interesting. This book did and I loved it from the start. I found myself not able to put it down at times. Erich Maria Remarque does a great job of painting a picture of the action-packed fighting scenes. He also takes us inside the minds of the soldiers and the reader can really understand how the characters feel.
    Another good thing about this book is it's realistic. It's not your average war story where one man is the hero and everything is easy. The main characters face many struggles. Seeing how they overcome these struggles makes this book fun to read. There also many themes in this book. The author focuses on the horror of war, and the effects it has on everybody's lives. I think this book is fun and there are important lessons to be learned from it.
    Some people might find this book too violent or graphic. In the fighting scenes, the author goes into great detail. He describes everything from the sights and sounds to the blood and gore. Some readers may not be big fans of this. For example, when the soldiers are camped out waiting for an enemy attack, the author describes the horrible conditions and talks about the sound and smell of dying men.
    In conclusion, I think this book is great. There are many different aspects that make this book enjoyable for a large audience. Some people may be turned off by the violence but other than that, they may find this book suitable. I definitely recommend it to anybody who wants a quick fun read, with important lessons to learn.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    Good Adjunct . . .

    Visual aids add depth to a classic; still read the book as published without illustrations, but then get the illustrated classic to add another dimension to your reading.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Great book, and Im only in high school

    This book is a very acrate interpretation of thr First World War from the German perspective. I recomend it to any one that is interested in WW1 history. If you liked fields of fire you will like this one too.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

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    Highly Recommend- It is unpleasant but tells of soldiers lives and deaths

    This book is very powerful. We all know WW I was fought over 100 years ago but the ugliness of war still persist. Adults of loved ones coming home from war need to read this book because a soldier is not going to tell a civilian the true hell that they lived with and will carry with them forever. Maybe parents, brother/sister, boyfriend/girlfriend, fiances/spouse will realize the pre-soldier doesn't exists any more. The newly released soldier has memories, dreams, frights, and horrors that a civilian can not possibly understand. The post-soldier has many questions about himself as he did as a child, as young teen, as an older teen but society won't give him 15 years to figure it out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Epic!

    The single best war novel ever written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Wonderful

    Im 14 years old, and even i thought this was awesome.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2014

    SHERIFFS OFFICE AND JAIL

    Sheriff andrew karow

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    Posted August 25, 2014

    Hey sheriff

    Kill Rolv ...

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    One of My All-Time Favorites

    By telling this story in first person, present tense, Remarque achieves a great sense of intimacy. For me it has always been a "quiet" book. The emotions of Paul in the war (and out) seem true and timeless to me (and much better than Crane's The Red Badge of Courage), and the evocation of comradeship is beautiful. It is short and simple, and is one of my top ten all-time favorite books.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Eye opening

    It reminded me of Saving Private Ryan. This war story was very intense. I think every person who wants to enlist in the military should read this book. Even though this was about WWI, war is war and the author brings that excellently home.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Amazing!

    A must read, such a great classic book!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Incredible.

    Incredible.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    This is one of the definitive pieces of fiction about war. I als

    This is one of the definitive pieces of fiction about war. I also count this as one of my favorite works of fiction ever. Erich Remarque experienced this war firsthand, and that comes through in the way that he wrote the book. The descriptions of trench warfare include details that only experience would be able to understand. The ending comes abruptly, and none of the characters in the story ever really take root in your mind. I suppose that is the point, the war left
    people and families broken, it dehumanized everyone involved.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    A recent radio piece mentioned "All Quiet on The Western Fr

    A recent radio piece mentioned "All Quiet on The Western Front" during a book review for "The Yellow Birds." I'd not yet read AQOTWF and so ordered both titles. AQOTWF proved one of the most powerful books I've read in my six decades, gripping and poignant beyond words. Having completed AQOTWF, I'm now engrossed in "The Yellow Birds."

    Both authors are combat veterans from the enlisted ranks. From wars six generations apart, they paint notably parallel portraits through soldiers' eyes, both on and away from the battlefield. One could argue that everyone should read both books, and re-read them at any time a nation considers waging war without having first been attacked.

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