All Quiet on the Western Front
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Often regarded as the finest novel to emerge from WWI and it is undoubtedly depressing, it is written from the point of a view of an experienced and embittered soldier, but it is also a beautiful book. The characters are interesting, the themes are moving and well-expressed. Remarque juxtapositions the image of false patriotism and nationalism that leads to war as represented by a bombastic schoolmaster and contrasts that with the horrible realities of war. Remarque portrays a realistic picture of the life of a soldier during WWI, as he himself lived.
This novel was written as a warning not to let such a pointless, bloody war to happen again but as history tells us that message went unheeded. It fully deserves to be regarded as a classic and whilst I recognise that not everyone will enjoy it's subject matter I personally found it to be writing at its very best.
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