All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel

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All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel

by Erich Maria Remarque
Translated by Arthur Wesley Wheen

Random House Publishing Group | September 29, 1996 | Trade Paperback

All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel is rated 4.4286 out of 5 by 7.
Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque’s masterpiece of the German experience during World War I.

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. . . .

This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.

Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another . . .  if only he can come out of the war alive.

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”The New York Times Book Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.18 × 5.46 × 0.51 in

Published: September 29, 1996

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449911497

ISBN - 13: 9780449911495

Found in: Literary

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Resonates Today! This tale of WWI from the perspective of the German front still carries the same impact as when this book was published in 1928. Seen from the viewpoint of everyday German soldiers, the reader sees the true horrors and carnage of war leaving a whole generation of promising youth with a spiritual void. This core of Erich Maria Remarque's story could easily be shifted to any war backdrop. As FDR once said, :" war is hell'. This is a must read for all as it is definitely one of the greatest novels of all time. Even though the book was published over 85 years ago, it will immediately connect with today's readers. Amazing book!
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Very good read from a different perspective.
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Historical Depiction Set in WWI, the novel of a young man and his school classmates who all volunteer to fight for their country of Germany. This book takes the reader through the motions of the first world war, the waiting, the excitement, the horrors, and the sadness. A great book for those interested in war, and the effects it has on those on the front line.
Date published: 2006-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ooooooo Brilliant Although I was skeptical at first, I found this novel to be, well, brilliant, just brilliant. The realism with which the writer brings home the horrors and realities of war was just brilliant.
Date published: 2004-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A higher than averge book All Quiet on the Western Front was a well written novel. It had many descriptions of what war is really about especially in World War 1. Paul is the main charachter in the book. He is an 18 year old boy who is forced to particapate in World War 1. He is extremely happy until the actual war has started and he sees what war is really about. Make sure to read the rest of this novel to find out how he does in war and if he stays alive!
Date published: 2000-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Quiet on the Western Front This is unquestionably the greatest war novel written about World War I, if not all wars. Remarque's literary style is captivating, powerful, and haunting. On numerous occasions you feel that you are very much a part of the characters’ lives, experiencing what they experience. More importantly, this is a philosophical tale of why people go to war to kill others. From the German trenches to the hilarity of rest places behind the front lines, this novel gets my vote for the best book I’ve ever read.
Date published: 2000-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Quiet on the Western Front A novel detailing World War 1 and the young men involved, the story has the interesting twist of being told from a young German soldier's point of view. Young and full of enthusiasm, Paul Baumer enlists in the German army, quickly learning the horrors of war. This account of WWI is an educational and terrifying view of the despair of war, illustrating that the only difference between the German and Canadian soldiers is the fact that one side speaks German and the other does not. A sad tale of the human aspect of war, it should never be forgotten by anyone-German or Canadian.
Date published: 1999-08-26

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All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel

All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel

by Erich Maria Remarque
Translated by Arthur Wesley Wheen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 8.18 × 5.46 × 0.51 in

Published: September 29, 1996

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0449911497

ISBN - 13: 9780449911495

From the Publisher

Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque’s masterpiece of the German experience during World War I.

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. . . .

This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.

Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another . . .  if only he can come out of the war alive.

Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.

“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”The New York Times Book Review

From the Jacket

Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other--if only he can come out of the war alive.
"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first trank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW


From the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Erich Maria Remarque, who was born in Germany, was drafted into the German army during World War I. Through the hazardous years following the war he worked at many occupations: schoolteacher, small-town drama critic, race-car driver, editor of a sports magazine. His first novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, was published in Germany in 1928. A brilliant success, selling more than a million copies, it was the first of many literary triumphs. When the Nazis came to power, Remarque left Germany for Switzerland. He rejected all attempts to persuade him to return, and as a result he lost his German citizenship, his books were burned, and his films banned. He went to the United States in 1938 and became a citizen in 1947. He later lived in Switzerland with his second wife, the actress Paulette Goddard. He died in September 1970.

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Now repackaged--the timeless classic of World War I Germany that speaks to generation after generation.

Editorial Reviews

“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”—The New York Times Book Review

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FROM: The Best Book I Ever Read

This is unquestionably the greatest war novel written about World War I, if not all wars. Remarque's literary style is captivating, powerful, and haunting. On numerous occasions you feel that you are very much a part of the characters' lives, experiencing what they experience. More importantly, this is a philosophical tale of why people go to war to kill others. From the German trenches to the hilarity of rest places behind the front lines, this novel gets my vote for the best book I've ever read.