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I don t know why it took me so long to get to All uiet n the Western Front but I m glad I finally read it and am grateful to my friend Rose for recommending it The book first published in the late 1920s is an absolutely heartbreaking wonderfully written novel about the permanent damage done to those who fight in wars Few anti war novels written since have matched Erich Maria Remarue s unsettling book and I doubt any have surpassed itGiven how famous All uiet is there s little need for me to say much about it here Plus it s so much easier to write negative reviews than positive رحلات داوتي في الجزيرة العربية ones and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this book There are several heart rending passages that I expect will stick with me for a long time though and that I feel the need to mention Paul B umer s leave during which he finds it nearly impossible to relate normally to his family after his experiencesn the front Paul s time in a shell hole with French soldier G rard Duval the brief interlude Paul and his comrades spend with a group April in Paris of French girls and how the gal with whom he d been paired treats him in the end andf course the scene near the book s end involving Stanislaus Katczinsky easily All uiet s most interesting character I won t say anything about the scene with Kat so as not to spoil it for those who haven t read the book yetOne final thought which I bring up because Toxic Deception: How the Chemical Industry Manipulates Science, Bends the Law and Endangers Your Health of Logan s comment that he didn t like All uiet which he last read in high school I ve talked about this before most recently in my reviewf The Sea Wolf and I feel the need to bring it up again Many American readers it seems have bad memories What Every Russian Knows (and You Don't) of great worksf literature they were made to read in school That they were forced to read the books is La voce del violino of course partf the problem but I also think schoolchildren If You Only Knew often are assigned books they re not yet ready for I don t mean that they re not smart enough to read and understand the books but rather that they re not mature enough to have the books resonate properly with them This would definitely be truef All uiet It would be the most unusual Mastered By Her Mates of high school studentsne in a hundred perhaps if that many who could truly appreciate the issues raised in this bookI would encourage anyone who hasn t read All uiet yet to check it Sensitiva Amorosa out And for those who read it in school and were left with a bad taste in their mouths it s probably time to revisit the book That means you Logan 667 From 1001 Books Im Westen nichts Neues A luest rien de novreau All uiet Cuore satellite on The Western Front In the West Nothing New Erich Maria RemarueAll uietn the Western Front is a novel by Erich Maria Remarue a German veteran f World War I The book describes the German soldiers extreme physical and mental stress during the war and the detachment from civilian life felt by many f these soldiers upon returning home from the front 1972 1309 220 20 1346 324 1392 1385 254 1929 20071399 This is the best war novel I ve ever read I m not sure how much that s saying about me With My Little Eye or the book since I haven t exactly read a great many war novels I ve beenn a World War I jag lately which should not be misinterpreted as READING a great many books about WW I Rather I have been BUYING a great many books about World War I All uiet The Ocean Between on the Western Front is a book I vewned about 25 years and this was actually my second try at reading it The Oswaldo Augusto: Pirilampifania only reason I know this is that I noticed upon reading that it had passages underlined endingn page 64 I remembered nothing Le quattro casalinghe di Tokyo of what I d read couldn t recall ever trying to read the novel Senescence is a cruel afflictionWhy was this the best war novel I ve ever read Well the book told the truth It was the truthf the author but I suspect it is a truth shared by many infantry soldiers who ve been engaged in trench warfare Manual De Cortesía Y Convivencia or any close combat There are exceptions to this Ernst Junger fought in the trenches much longer than Erich Remarue and was wounded nine times yet he wrote an accountf The Great War very different in some ways than Remarue s Remarue survived the war but came away with a damaged psyche and horrific memories that fortunately he was able to rise above to become a successful novelist I think his writing actually helped exorcise his demons from the war Junger saw the war as a patriotic struggle and a test The Gravediggers Daughter of his mettle That is he sawr created a purpose for the with the ultimate purpose being victory For Germany And Personal Germany and personal which reuired that he stay alive Interestingly Hitler was another who apparently enjoyed the perils Wicked Heat of fighting in The Great War This is not an indication though that Junger and Hitler were similar men Junger despised Hitler from all accounts I have readRemarue has courage even while admitting to being scared as anyone would be while being fired upon by artillery shells mustard gas and aerial bombardments But his viewf The Great War is far different He views the war as pointless and futile and the work The Same Sea of a groupf Israel old men who won t have to fight who decide basedn shaky The Seduction of Fiona Tallchief or spurious pretexts that suddenly this nationality isur enemy another is King's Champion our friend Remarue s thinking was in line with the Bob Dylan song Only a Pawn in their Game Soldiers were cannon fodder and when they died as they freuently didther recruits were brought in as cannon fodder young boys Zane of 19 many who enlisted at the urgingf their schoolmasters men who would not have to sleep standing up in a trench as bombs dropped around them and lice ate them and rats battled for their bread
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the war ended was because these same gray eminences met again in some far The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure off city and signed piecesf paper saying that despite all the carnage the nations were Golden Days: Reminiscences of Alumnae, Mississippi State College for Women once again friendsHuman instinct propelled survival and experience in battle and taughtne the skills to survive though in Remarue s world even survival skills were Origin of Inspiration: Seven Short Essays for Creative People often trumped by sheer luck Old heads could talkf duty to the Fatherland but all war really meant to the combatants was a fight for reasons they could not understand created by powerful men in faraway rooms who signed documents allowing men to commit atrocities that under normal circumstances would have led them to the gallows Boucher or the firing suad I m a bit tornver whether Remarue s war experiences are universal Texas Glory or whether they reflect his particular personalityr the particular war he was fighting WW I was a gruesome protracted conflict It probably could have been fought at the negotiation table as internecine European suabbles are settled nowadays No doubt it was easy for the common foot soldier La tempesta in un bicchiere: Fisica della vita quotidiana on all sides to forget that the war started because an heir apparent to the thronef a dying empire was shot by a Bosnian youth who wanted his country free from the yoke f this decaying empire Ironically he killed a man and his wife who were sympathetic to his causePerhaps as General Sherman said War is hell and is hell under any conditions but especially hell for a soldier n the front lines in a ground war I have heard interviews with fighter pilots and Navy SEALS among Spearhead Governatore: Remembrances of the Campaign in Italy other elite forces where the retired soldiers said they missed the war and there was never a time when they felt alive than when fighting in battle It appears that some revel in the conflicts and get a thrill from combat though I m guessing that a great many upon reflection might hold a view closer to Remarue s and a great many if you got them under the hot lights might allow that war has its downsides tooPerhaps in wars like WW II where soldiersn the allied side had a real sense I Had a Favorite Hat of purpose such dissonance as Remarue felt was far less common Perhaps if soldiers can be convincedf the necessity f the war then doubts a combatant might harbor can be dispelled I suspect though that combatants in most wars are battling demons with varying degrees f success after experiencing the horrors f war Man I need a break I ve been reading about the First World War solidly since December and I ve had enough now There s nly so many times you can go through the same shit whether they re English French German Russian Emaline's Gift (The Magi Chronicles, oh look another groupf pals from school eagerly jogging down to the war The Lilac Princess and the Blood King: By Karine Green office to sign up Brilliant Now it s just a matterf guessing which horrible death will be assigned to them shrapnel to the stomach bleeding to death in no man s land drowning in mud succumbing to dysentery shot for deserting bayonetted at close range vaporised by a whizz bang victim The Braddock Boys: Cody of Spanish flu It s like the most depressing drinking game everI wish after spending many months reading around this subject that I could pickut some bscure classic to recommend and perhaps I will still find some because I intend to keep reading about 1914 18 throughout 2014 18 but I have to say that this novel famously ne f the greatest war novels is in fact genuinely excellent and left uite an impression n me despite my trench fatigue Remarue has the same elements as everyone else because pretty much everyone in this war went through the same godawful mind numbingly exhausting terror Popular Kindle, Im Westen nichts Neues Author Erich Maria Remarue There are many in. .
Ut he describes it all with such conviction and such clarity that I was sucker punched by the full horror Il ricatto of it allver againThe story is studded with remarkable incidents that linger in the mind roasting a stolen goose in the middle The Kew Mum Gang of a barrage for instancer stabbing a Frenchman to death in a fit The Island of the Colorblind of panic while sheltering in the same shell hole The arrangements made to allow a hospital inmate to enjoy a marital visit with his wife while the restf the patients in the room concentrate Writing Fight Scenes on a noisy gamef cards I loved the moment where ur narrator and his friends swim across a river to have a drink with some local French girls arriving naked because they couldn t risk getting their uniforms wet And back in the trenches an infestation f huge rats with evil looking naked faces is described with than Biblical loathingThey seem to be really hungry They have had a go at practically everybody s bread Kropp has wrapped his in tarpaulin and put it under his head but he can t sleep because they run across his face to try and get at it Detering tried to A Right Honorable Gentleman outwit them he fixed a thin wire to the ceiling and hooked the bundle with his breadn to it During the night he puts Homesick on his flashlight and sees the wire swinging backwards and forwards Ridingn his bread there is a great fat ratThere is also a fair bit f philosophising While guarding a group f Russian prisoners Essentially Japanese of warur narrator is Credimi, sto mentendo overcome by the arbitrarinessf the whole situationAn Sweeney Astray order has turned these silent figures intour enemies an The Little Vampire and the Mystery Patient order could turn them into friends again On some table a document is signed by some people that nonef us knows and for years Surprised By Joy: The Shape Of My Early Life our main aim in life is thene thing that usually draws the condemnation f the whole world and incurs its severest punishment in law How can anyone make distinctions like that looking at these silent men with their faces like children and their beards like apostles Any drill corporal is a worse enemy to the recruits any schoolmaster a worse enemy to his pupils than they are to us I don t want to lose those thoughts altogether I ll preserve them keep them locked away until the war is ver Is this the task we must dedicate Via Ripetta 155 ourselves to after the war so that all the yearsf horror will have been worthwhileI found this uote and this resolution very moving because Germany s post war history rendered it so utterly futile When the Nazis came to power in 1933 just four years after this was published they set about burning the book which tended to be their first response to any problem While Ernst J nger s vision Cronos autodevorandu-se... 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Artele in mecenatul etatist of a German people purified and hardened by the war was venerated poor guy Remarue s text was denounced as an insult to the German soldier He took the hint and sailed to the US in 1939 The German state in what amounted to a fitf piue cut his sister s head Tumulti off instead and then billed what was leftf his family for wear and tear to the bladeSo as can t be said enough fuck them The insights that Remarue and Barbusse and Sassoon and Genevoix and Manning found in extremis The Punk Factor of the essential commonalityf human beings are we like to think now accepted by society ver the alternatives despite what we sometimes have to infer from the content f Vicomte de Bragelonne our newspapersWith allf that said this is a novel It is not a memoir Remarue View From Another Shore: European Science Fiction only spent a monthn the front lines whereas J nger who apparently had the time Il ciclo del Corsaro Nero: Il Corsaro Nero - La regina dei Caraibi - Jolanda, la figlia del Corsaro Nero of his life was there for yearsThis 1994 translation from Brian Murdoch is excellent and reads entirely naturally he also contributes a thoughtful and unassuming essay which finally a publisher that gets it is helpfully placed as an Afterword so as not to spoil the novel itself All in all a very powerful and moving piecef writing if I had to recommend just Il giardino segreto one contemporary novel from the First World War so far this is probably it The greatest war novelMaybeThis wasne The Silent Wife: A gripping emotional page turner with a twist that will take your breath away of the first books that made me think that even though I wanted to be a writer someday maybe I did not have what it takes This was a sharp swift kick in the gut a none too subtle reminder that there are somber very real and poignant moments captured in literature that escape petty categorization and cynicism there are real moments that cannot be trivialized and placedn a genre specific bookshelf Powerful 2018 This book as a war novel is cautionary No doubt there are those novels that glorify and even romanticize battles and there are A Planet for Tristan Wolf others whose goal it is to revel in the martial experience Remarue though has crafted a simple story that focuses insteadn the individual and how this ugly time affects his life In doing so Remarue declares the value Le confessioni di Eva of that individual life in all life and shines a discerning damning lightn war It has to be the defining novel Bugie of World War I told from the pointf view Wild Tales of a German soldier fighting in the trenchesf France This is not a novel The Value of Saving: The Story of Benjamin Franklin of romance intrigue and adventure it is a stark and frightingly realistic descriptionf what it must have been like trying to survive
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one day to next and almost always failing Difficult and disturbing to read it nevertheless is a narrative Traces of Love and Other Stories of how war is horrible and hopefully why the tellingf it may help deter future wars There are already thousands f reviews for this deeply moving and heartbreaking book here n Goodreads and I don t know that I could add anything new It simply broke my heart However I do feel really strongly that I should describe They were young They were twenty year Peter Pan: or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up: A Fantasy in Five Acts old The war has stolen their youthTo me the front is a mysterious whirlpool Though I am in still water far away from its centre I feel the whirlf the vortex sucking me slowly irresistibly inescapable into itselfFrom the earth from the air sustaining forces pour into us mostly from the earth To no man does the earth mean so much as to the soldier When he presses himself down upon her long and powerfully when he buries his face and his limbs deep in her from the fear f death by shell fire then she is his nly friend his brother his mother he stifles his terror and his cries in her silence and her security she shelters him and releases him for ten seconds to live to run ten seconds The Bells of Bicetre of life receives him again andften for everThe war has changed the values and priorities in man s life instead f learning the art f love and living Precocious one had to learn the skillf staying alive for however a short while longerErich Maria Remarue was a humanist who could vividly portray the atrocity Exposure of war in all its terrorsI am young I am twenty yearsld yet I know nothing The Burning Shore of life but despair death fear and fatuous superficiality castver an abyss f sorrow I see how peoples are set against ne another and in silence unknowingly foolishly bediently innocently slay ne another I see that the keenest brains Shadoweyes of the world invent weapons and words to make it yet refined and enduring And all menf my age here and ver there throughout the whole world see These Things All My Generation Is Experiencing These Things With things all my generation is experiencing these things with What would ur fathers do if we suddenly stood up and came before them and proffered The Long Detente: Changing Concepts of Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1950s1980s our account What do they expectf us if a time ever comes when the war is Cattivik: Il gegno del male over Through the yearsur business has been killing it was Distant Light our first calling in life Our knowledgef life is limited to death What will happen afterwards And what shall come Worth Any Price outf usThe rich for whom it s All uiet Je ne parle pas français on the Western Front get filthily richer while the young and innocent and able pay with their lives for the richesf those who wield power It s unendurable It is the moaning G-Men the Series of the world it is the martyred creation wild with anguish filled with terror and groaningThis slim novel about the horrorf the World War I trenches and the senselessness f war was published in 1929 If you pen this book up today it is absolutely just as relevant now as it was decades ago It is powerful and breathtaking I finished my second reading Lost Crow Conspiracy of this last month and barely a day goes by without me thinking about it I had read All uiet for the first time ages ago and the haunting feeling I had then has stayed with me all these years If you have not ever read this book you must do so It is that meaningful Shells gas clouds and flotillasf tanks shattering corroding death Dysentery influenza typhus scalding choking death Trenches hospitals the common grave there are no The Art Of Anarchy other possibilitiesThis is a storyf a German soldier Paul B umer and his comrades Since the book is so widely known and reviewed here Monet on Goodreads I won t go into plot details But I want to make notef some portions that affected me uite deeply For instance Remarue so clearly reflects the feeling Rasputin: The Untold Story of camaraderie that these men mostf them not even twenty years Perseus Spur old experienced in the field andn the front These were some The Arvon Book of Life Writing of the most moving passagesf the novel These voices these uiet words these footsteps in the trench behind me recall me at a bound from the terrible loneliness and fear Lady Penelope's Christmas Charade, a Regency Romance of death by which I had been almost destroyed They are to me than life these voices they are than mot. Teresting things in this book, readers are very amazed by the contentsf the book. Im Westen nichts NeuesHerliness and than fear they are the strongest most comforting thing there is anywhere they are the voices Será Colombo Português? of my comrades I ve never read such stirring words about the soldier s intimacy with not a woman but rather with the very earth itself The writing is truly remarkable To no man does the earth mean so much as to the soldier When he presses himself down upon her long and powerfully when he buries his face and his limbs deep in her from the fearf death by shell fire then she is his Kapferer on Luxury: How Luxury Brands can Grow Yet Remain Rare only friend his brother his mother he stifles his terror and his cries in her silence and her security she shelters him and releases him for ten seconds to live to run ten secondsf life receives him again and This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters often foreverWhen Paul goes homen leave he finds that the life he nce knew and loved no longer has the same meaning His books his case f butterflies and his piano no longer bring him the joy they Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-Petrol World once had He cannot speakf what he has seen he feels that those that have not been The Adjustments on the front and mired in the trenches can truly understand him He feels alone I was heartbroken when he criedut for his lost childhood Ah Mother Mother You still think I am a child why can I not put my head in your lap and weep Why have I always to be strong and self controlled I would like to weep and be comforted too indeed I am little than a child in the wardrobe still hang short boy s trousers it is such a little time ago why is it Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 Volume 1 : New Rules overI don t know if a book exists that so effectively conveys the meaninglessnessf war If there is another I have yet to read it I suspect that Remarue had a marked influence Ruin Me on many authors writing about the topic since but I don t think thisne can be beat in its simple yet passionate and well expressed message There were moments Nara Leão: Uma Biografia of fleeting pleasures and true companionship that allowed me to intermittently rejoice along with Paul and dreamf a future when the war would be ended But I also keenly felt his moments Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story of hopelessness and despair I nodded my head when he recognized in the enemy a man much like himself His sensef humanity truly shined at these times Something as basic as the sharing Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, of cigarettes with the Russian prisoners was very telling I takeut my cigarettes break each From Plassey to Partition and After one in half and give them to the Russians They bow to me and then light the cigarettes Now red points glow in every face They comfort me it looks as though there were little windows in dark village cottages saying that behind them are rooms fullf peaceAh if Tito Santana's Tales from the Ring only this book could be read everywhere by everyone Perhaps then we could all see the reflectionf The Bharatanatyama Reader ourselvesur mothers Tropico del Cancro our fathersur brothers and sisters and Owned our lovers in the facef another human being Could we then avoid the devastation L'arte di Mœbius of war This book deserves a placen your bookshelf Grab a copy if you haven t already Mine is sitting Emerald Lizard on my all time favorites shelf I think it isf a kind Five Busy Beavers of fever None in particular wants it and then all at Fratello clima chetati... once there it is We didn t want the war thethers say the same thing and yet half the world is in it all the same I was finishing a phase The Invisible Arab of reading and teaching facetsf the First World War and it would not be complete without this fictitious but realistic portrait Dream of Wings of a soldier s life in the trenchesn the Western frontI was reading excerpts from All uiet On The Western Front in class with students staring at me some Duck's Vacation of them understanding for the first time what it really meant to be a soldier in the trenches sentut to die under the banner f nationalism which was an entirely positive word back then They had read the facts in their textbooks and also checked additional sources such as small parts f Churchill s brilliant The World Crisis 1911 1918 O Guarda do Pomar or the highly informative The First World War A Very Short Introduction They had even familiarised themselves with uite graphic photographs and documentaries But nothing prepared them for the voicef the young soldier in the novel that took them directly into the situation and made the numbers from the history books become real people with feelings and worries All The Green Mountain Boys of a sudden the information that 20000 English soldiers diedn the first day Proverbios of a specific attack was no longer just statistical data to be memorised It meant 20000 letters sent home to parents siblings wives and girlfriends all with the same sad news Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori thatld lie which made soldiers die by the millions r suffer life altering mutilations forever remembered through The Poems Of Wilfred Owen is put into brutal contrast with the reality f a soldier Bed of Nails on the German side The soldier could just as well have been Englishr French as the experience was the same Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League on both sidesf No Man s Land with the exception that German soldiers recognised they were lucky to conduct the war Seized Seduced outside their home country seeing the destructionf the whole countryside around themThe feeling f nationalism that the rdinary soldier has are expressed in the fact that he is ut ordinary soldier has are expressed in the fact that he is ut But it doesn t go any further all his Pencarrow other judgements are practicalnes and made from his point Frankenstein in Baghdad of viewThe sensef idiocy conspiracy Buddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog or irrationality behind the suffering ismnipresent Soldiers discuss how they ended up in a situation that presumably nobody wanted but that everyone is now involved in They read the papers see the propaganda machines know the lies They are young were recruited from school and trained uickly to lose all previous ideals to be prematurely Matematica 7 - 3b: Ciclo Egb old in their mindsWe had joined up with enthusiasm and with good will but they did everything to knock thatut f us After three weeks it no longer struck us as dd that an ex postman with a couple Civil-military Relations In Pakistan: From Zufikar Ali Bhutto To Benazir Bhutto of stripes should have powerver us than ur parents ever had r Over the Top our teachersr the whole course f civilization from Plato to Goethe With ur young wide pen eyes we saw that the classical notion f patriotism we had heard from Sikandar our teachers meant in practical terms at that moment surrenderingur individual personalities completely than we would ever have believed possible even in the most Country obseuious errand boy Saluting eyes front marching presenting arms right and left about snapping to attention insults and a thousand varietiesf bloody mindedness we had imagined that ur task would be rather different from all this but we discovered that we were being trained to be heroes the way they train circus horses and we uickly got used to itThe bitterness f the situation is expected by any reader familiar with the First World War The hard conditions the dying mutilation and boredom are not new What got under my skin rereading this novel for probably the fourth time now were the details showing what was left Denali Dreams of those individual characteristics the young men were asked to surrender to the cause The compassion and understanding they are able to feel for Russian prisoners The joy they experiencen an adventure involving girls The passionate happiness when they receive the slightest comfort r the unspeakable sadness when they visit their families and realise they have lost touch with them and can t share their knowledge The complete loneliness when a mother asks how it really is and the teenage son has to protect her from a truth that she won t be able to digestThere is my mother there is my sister there is the glass case with my butterflies there is the mahogany PIANO BUT I AM NOT UITE but I am not uite myself yet There is a veilThe protagonist fell in October 1918 just before the armistice during the very last weeks f the war just like Wilfred Owen in real life He fell El Cura. (Caso de Incesto). on a day that was so unspectacular that the newspaper reported all was uiet nothing newn the western front That is the most heartbreaking part Il Mago of the novel that this individual intelligent young man forcedut to die for an ideal he did not believe in was not even considered noteworthy in the news Heroism f the uiet death which is NEITHER SWEET NOR APPROPRIATEREADING A NOVEL LIKE THIS PUTS sweet nor appropriateReading a novel like this puts big drama f the facts into perspective turning the attention to the human beings and their lives again away from the leadership Ego, Hunger and Aggression on both sides fighting for causes the soldiers did not understandr benefit from in the leastAll uiet On The Western Front is as important now as it was when it was written it yells Ritrovarsi out in capital letters that we are playing with humans not resourcesIt yellsut a warning against blind patriotism nationalism and weak egocentric leadership It yells Antes Que Anoiteça out against carelessness and pride and the lopsidednessf the sufferingMy students read poetry along with the excerpt from this novel and at आषाढ़ का एक दिन one point the uestion came up how manyf the decision makers were blinded mutilated amputated How many The Savage Mind of them died in the trenches None was the answer Then how dare they force those young menut there yelled my students And I was uietIn the hope that the hubris Fado And Other Stories of power will never again rise to those monstrous proportions I keep teaching adding Remarue B ll Owen andthers to Plato and Goethe and the rest La casa nel vicolo of the coursef civilisatio. 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