All Quiet on the Western Front

by Enrich Maria Remarque | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099532816 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by worldbooknight on Friday, February 25, 2011
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Journal Entry 2 by worldbooknight at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, February 25, 2011

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Journal Entry 3 by corktony at Cork, Co. Cork Ireland on Monday, March 07, 2011
Received as part of world book night

Journal Entry 4 by corktony at Bandon, Co. Cork Ireland on Monday, March 07, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (3/7/2011 UTC) at Bandon, Co. Cork Ireland

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One of forty-eight copies received as part of World Book Night. Posted to Aoife. Enjoy

Journal Entry 5 by Beefster at Bandon, Co. Cork Ireland on Tuesday, April 12, 2011
This book is a cult classic and sits rightfully along others such as "The Catcher in the Rye" on many secondary school / highschool reading lists. It provides the reader with what appears to be a balanced insight into what life is like for young men who are lured into fighting wars they don't even understand, at a time of their lives when the decisions they make shouldn't result in life or death. I found it tough to make it to the end of the story, not because the writing was lacking, but because it is such a personal and painful telling of a tale undoubtedly shared by many. Remarque keeps his words simple, and this simplicity lends itself to a practical honesty - an honesty that allows the reader to experience the futility of war and the sadness of loss of innocence, whether at the hands of war or those who romanticise it.

Journal Entry 6 by Beefster at Bandon, Co. Cork Ireland on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (4/12/2011 UTC) at Bandon, Co. Cork Ireland

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Posted to Dublin, Ireland

Journal Entry 7 by RAidan at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, May 16, 2011
I can see why Beefster found it tough to finish this book - in many ways, it's a very human discourse on war, and the grim slog towards the end reflects the war it reports on. There is little or no reference to strategy, politics, tactics or the units involved - instead the book focuses almost entirely on the human experience; everything from bodily functions to the myriad of ways that a life can be ended on a 20th century battlefied is presented on a human level. And while there is sympathy in the telling of the social and family background of the soldiers (of all sides), the fighting is presented in a detached and almost dehumanised way - the war has is presented as a struggle for survival rather than a political, strategic or economic conflict, with the surviving combatants walking victims of imperial ambition.

As someone who has read widely on the history of the war involved, and visited some of the battlefields, 'All Quiet on the Western Front' is a sobering reminder of what this war was like to fight in, and the profound effect it had on the psyche of Western Europe, souring modernism and technology for several generations, and creating a tension between European States that took a further and even more destructive conflict to resolve.

Journal Entry 8 by RAidan at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland on Monday, May 16, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (5/17/2011 UTC) at Dublin, Co. Dublin Ireland

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