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Classics Book Club Spinoff (Pam's Month): All Quiet on the Western Front

October's Classic Bookclub selection: All Quiet on the Western Front by Enrich Maria Remarque

"Classics" regular Pam Garner has generously volunteered to lead an October installment of the Classic Bookclub Spinoff while I am away.  Her choice is All Quiet on the Western Front, in honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I. 

Historical background via SparkNotes:

Erich Maria Remarque was born in Osnabrück, Germany, in 1898 into a lower-middle-class family. In 1916, he was drafted into the German army to fight in World War I, in which he was badly wounded. Ten years after the war ended, he published Im Westen Nichts Neues, translated into English a year later as All Quiet on the Western Front, a novel about the experiences of ordinary German soldiers during the war.

Though other books [...] had explored the violence and brutality of war in a realistic light, the literary tradition of war stories still tended overwhelmingly toward romanticized ideals of glory, adventure, and honor. In presenting his grimly realistic version of a soldier’s experience, Remarque stripped the typical romanticism from the war narrative in the staunchly antiwar All Quiet on the Western Front. The novel instantly became an international, critically acclaimed success. An American movie based on the book was released in 1930.

The novel and its first film adaptation are still influential as antiwar works and important chronicles of World War I. One of the remarkable aspects of the book’s success in England and America is that, unlike most other works dealing with World War I, All Quiet on the Western Front deals with the experiences of German soldiers—detested enemies of the English and Americans during World War I and World War II. That American and English reception of the book was so positive from the outset testifies to its ability to speak for all soldiers who suffered through the horrors of World War I.


Background info to the "Classics Book Club Spinoff":

Just think of us as additional monthly sub-group bookclub, intended to introduce another variety of reading genre within the umbrella "Girly Book Club" Meetup Group.  Please note, this does NOT replace the original "Girly Book Club" schedule, it is only a supplemental "spin-off" which is open to anyone, regardless of their participation with the regularly scheduled meetings.

The idea is visit, or re-visit, noteworthy or significant works and authors, preferably of a short(ish) length that can easily be enjoyed within our monthly reading time allowance.

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  • Pam G.

    Hi we are upstairs. I'm wearing a light blue t-shirt see you soon

    October 15, 2014

    • Renee

      Hi ladies, so sorry but not going to be able to make it. It was moving day today and we're still going!!!
      Read the book though and it was interesting. Very horrible what they went through :-(
      Will see you in December x

      October 15, 2014

  • Alison

    Oh no I'll be out of town on a shoot! I finished the book though in two days - loved it!

    September 24, 2014

  • Kelly H.

    Hello! I'm new to this meet up site - is the idea that I can just turn up and chat, having read the book before hand? :-)

    September 24, 2014

    • Samantha S.

      Yep, that's the idea! See you soon!

      September 24, 2014

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