With an introduction by Sebastian Faulks. 'We are no longer young men. We've lost any desire to conquer the world. We are refugees. We are fleeing ...Show synopsisWith an introduction by Sebastian Faulks. 'We are no longer young men. We've lost any desire to conquer the world. We are refugees. We are fleeing from ourselves. From our lives. We were eighteen and had begun to love the world and to love being in it; but we had to shoot at it. The first shell to land went straight for our hearts. We've been cut of from real action, from getting on, from progress. We don't believe in those things any more; we believe in the war.' Written in memory of a generation of young men who arrived at the front fresh from the schoolroom, a generation utterly devasted by war, because the few that survived were left unfit for peace; at once tender and brutal, immediate and profound - All Quiet on the Western Front is a testament to the pity, horror and waste of the First World War, and a passionate plea to prevent its repetition.Hide synopsis
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This is the most interesting book I read in high school besides some Shakespeare. It is a book about war and should be gory, awful, and sad,; in the computer age Western people forget what war can do to a person, a region, a country. The whole point IS war is gory, awful, and sad. I am going to read it again after almost 20 years, and I will never forget how changed I was after my first read.
Written by a German author after the First WW this is an antiwar book-but not antiwar in the modern sense. You are not hit over the head with moralisms. The truth of what war can be is slowly revealed through the young German soldier who tells the story. He doesn't tell us that war is hell. He tells his story simply as it unfolds and we can reach our own conclusions.
He and his friends-since-childhood are simple young men from an ordinary upbringing. They don't really know what the war is about, or even why they're in it. They only know that their personal survival depends on learning a few basic lessons very quickly.
However this book is much bigger than the sum of it's parts. It is a book that will stick in your brain and give you new ways of thinking about war-not as an abstract thing to be against-or for- but what war really means to individuals and their families and their society.
I am neither pro or con war in general. I believe there are times when war may be the only solution. I am not a person who knows a great deal about war, either. But I learned a great deal from this book about why war should always be the last solution. And what war means to those who are in it, It has left an indelible impression on me and I haven't read it in 25 years.
It it a book that should be read by anyone who wants to be a thinking person as part of a holistic viewpoint on life.
This was the most awful,depressing,gory,horrible book i have ever read in my entire life. I would have quit reading it if i didn't have to read it for school. I think that this book should be banned from schools. There is not one good moment in it.
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