All Quiet on the Western Front


All Quiet On The Western Front
Erica Maria Remarque’s All Quiet On The Western Front is one of the greatest War Novels of all time. Remarque was himself in combat during world war I, and was wouned five times, the last time very severely. Remarque came to the United States in 1939 and remained for the duration of world war II. He has written many books. For example: The Road Back, Three Comrades, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, Night in Lisbon. One of my intrest about History is War, so I thought it would be a good book to read. I enjoyed reading this book. All the some parts were graphic in my mind, it was still a good book.

This story was told by a nineteen year old student, Paul Baumer, conviced to enlist with the Garman army by his schoolmaster, Kantorek. Along with many of his friends from school, he is trained under corporal himmelstoss, a strictly commander who dislikes Paul because of his “defiance.” When sent to the front, Paul, made new friendships that would last throughot time. Paul had hard time to fight, he saw lot of new things that he didn’t want to see. Returning to the front was hard for Paul. The days were getting cold and one by one he watched his friends die. The hardest loss was that of Kat. After Kat had been shot, Paul had to carry Kat to the nearest dressing station a few miles away. He stoped every few minutes to rest, and checked to make sure that Kat, was ok. But the sad moment was when he reached the dressing station the nurse told him that Kat was dead. Kat was the last of Paul’s friends to die in the war. Then in October of 1918, Paul finally fell. The book describes his death as, “his face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the end had come.” The war ended the next month. As a result of this novel, I can now clearly see how the mental anguish soldiers on the front developed.

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