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Paul Bäumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a... show more
Paul Bäumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other --- if only he can come out of the war alive.
Publish date: 2014-03-08
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Pages no: 258
Edition language: Deutsch
Wow! When I first read this in my freshman year of high school I hated it. Now what a story! The prose is so beautiful and powerful. I liked the first person point-of-view through Paul's eyes. I also like the stream of consciousness of Paul's thoughts on the war and war in general. He was so r...
This was tough, but, unlike the war itself, absolutely worth it. Normally I can take a lot of gore and cruelness in books and in movies, but there were days when I just couldn’t read more than a couple of pages, because it was too much. Especially all scenes involving animals deeply upset me, beca...
One of the most powerful books I've read. This one is going to stick with me for awhile.
This review is of the English translation of a German book. Well, that was depressing. I’ve been on a lifelong quest to find the most depressing book in the history of books, and this one has been recommended to me many, many times. I’m not convinced that it’s the most depressing book ever, but it...
Hmm...I don't know what to say about this one. I actually have no strong feelings about it. I thought it shed some interesting insight into the events of World War 1. And I appreciate that. Here's the problem, though: a lot of sad things happen, and people die. But I felt no attachment for these...