All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel by Erich Maria RemarqueAll Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel by Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel

byErich Maria RemarqueTranslated byArthur Wesley Wheen

Paperback | September 29, 1996

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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.

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“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
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 ...
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Title:All Quiet on the Western Front: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.18 × 5.49 × 0.54 inPublished:September 29, 1996Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important book for everyone to read. This book is a vivid and important description of what soldiers went through in World War I. An important book for everyone to read to understand what war does to people and to show that we are ALL human.
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Best WW1 novel written by a member of the Triple Alliance.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking An incredible novel that everyone should read once. Thank you history class
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book Awesome book that will stay with you for a long time. Powerful stuff.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked it An excellent story and anti war novel
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! I read this for the first time in high school and was blown away at how incredible this novel is!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impeccable This is without a doubt the best book about the Great War, or perhaps war in general. It is a poignant tale of the average man's experience with the chaos produced by total war, both on the front and away from it.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece! A must read for everybody interested in history!
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best of history Writing from a different era, no doubt, but the story is still gripping. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece Every human being has to read this book so we can prevent tragedies on such a scale from happening afain.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite! “We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.” So beautifully despairing. Being a classic war novel, read over and over by millions, I was nervous this wouldn’t be what I personally had in mind for “the greatest war novel of all time”. I thought it would miss emotion, detail and reason. But I don’t think I’ve ever agreed more with the millions of readers who loved this. The ending is an absolute masterpiece. This is on my short list of novels to reread.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved This Book I Read This Book In High School And Reread It When The Class Moved on. Its Amazing. A little Slow in The Middle But The Story Is Intense So The change of Pace Doesn't Matter. Worth The Read if You Wanna Cry At The Ending.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible This book is riveting, goose bumps and gasps all the way.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from War times What a depiction of war. Great book.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great depiction of WWI #plumreview This novel really brings home the true nature of modern war as seen from the German front of World War One.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic novel This is one of the best novels I have ever read. It lives up to it's reputation and the fanfare. Beautifully written and captivating you won't be able to put it down. A must have in any collections.
Date published: 2016-11-17
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 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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“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 ReadThis 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 novelgets my vote for the best book I've ever read.