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"All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque

There seem to be plenty of books set in/around World War 2, but not as many about 1. And of all the world war books, we're bombarded by stories from the Allies perspective, but rarely from the side of the German army. So here we go, "All Quiet on the Western Front" by German author and veteran, Erich Maria Remarque. Although the literal translation is more like "Nothing New in the West," the popular English title (partially thanks to the 1930 Oscar winning movie) has seeped into the vernacular.

 

"Following a lesser- thought-about war, Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front breaks from the traditional romanticizing of warfare and instead examines the harsh realities that young people face when they are sent to fight old people’s wars.

What it’s about

One of the most acclaimed novels about war follows a former American enemy - Paul Bäumer is a nineteen year old German soldier who has been sent to fight in France (World War I had multiple sites of war – the Eastern was located in Eastern Europe whereas the Western Front was in France).

Paul and his friends joined the war because of the hype and glory that their society impressed upon them. However, Paul quickly learned that war can be full of terror more than glory, and fellow soldiers constantly die around Paul.

The novel primarily surrounds the war’s infamous trench warfare. Paul and his comrades must hide in ditches for hours or days on end until open field attack exposes them to gunfire from both sides, making casualties severe.

Through a series of anecdotes, Paul describes the hardships he and friends must face – avoiding gruesome injuries, searching desperately for food, and trying desperately to mentally withstand traumatic events."

For the full review, visit  http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/book-review-all-quiet-western-front.

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  • Keiko M.

    Sorry I couldn't make. I got a flu and couldn't leave my bed for three day. I enjoyed the book, so I was lokong forward to it thought...

    1 · October 1, 2013

    • Carlos K.

      I know what you feel bro. I had to read all night long the financial Times due to work research and just couldn't get out of bed. :(( I'm so sad

      October 1, 2013

  • Rachel

    This was by far my favourite war book so far. Great discussion, thanks everyone for coming!

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rachel - Thanks again for creating this group and keeping it alive. I hate to miss these meetings and I am so glad I could attend today. Looking forward to the Oct session.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am glad my travel plans changed and was able to attend this meet up. Really insightful conversation.
    Thanks Rachel for coordination, and picking a swell place.

    September 29, 2013

  • Terrie

    Great discussion tonight! It was nice to meet everyone. Thanks for coordinating this group Rachel!

    September 29, 2013

  • G.F. Y.

    Hi Rachel, so sorry couldn't attend due to last minute commitments!

    September 29, 2013

  • Francois Le C.

    Apologies I also could not join because of a last minute problem.

    September 29, 2013

  • Hanna

    Hi Rachel so sorry to cancel at such a late notice but something came up that I really can't get out of. Apologies, had really looked forward to this.
    Hanna

    September 29, 2013

    • Carlos K.

      Me too, I spent all night reading the FT and now I'm too tired/lazy to go. You guys enjoy.

      September 29, 2013

  • Rachel

    I'm STILL waiting for venue confirmation, but it will most likely be near Arab street. Again, please update your RSVP if you don't think you'll make it, hopefully we'll have our own room and the restaurant will need to plan. Thanks!!

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Hanna

    Was hoping to get this on kindle but not available :(

    September 6, 2013

    • James

      do you do audio books? its avail at audible

      September 27, 2013

    • Hanna

      I got mine on kindle :)

      September 27, 2013

  • Anne V.

    My apologies, have to work after all and can't attend this reading. Hope to make it next reading. Thanks and have a good weekend.

    September 27, 2013

  • Terrie

    Hi, where are we meeting Sunday? Thanks!

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rachel - Would have loved to attend but being sent on a business trip for fri and monday in india and will have to stay the wknd there.
    Sorry about that. Next time.

    September 25, 2013

  • Carlos K.

    Can't wait to listen and talk

    September 24, 2013

  • Rachel

    Hi everyone, as usual, I'll make solid plans for a location this week. Please update your RSVP if you don't think you'll be able to make it so I'll know how many people to accommodate for. Thanks!!

    1 · September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, is the Brian Mudroch translation good? Or is there a better one?

    September 4, 2013

    • Mark

      There's another one by A.W. Wheen from 1929; Murdoch's is from 1993. I haven't come across any major complaints online about either one, so it seems like either one should be serviceable, even if one's more recent than the other.

      September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Mark :)

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No copies available in the library...:(

    September 4, 2013

    • Carlos K.

      Are you serious?

      September 4, 2013

    • Mark

      The library's online catalogue says there're now three copies available, at the Central Library, Bishan, and Esplanade.

      September 6, 2013

  • Carlos K.

    Can't wait to listen and talk

    August 24, 2013

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