GROUP READ: All Quiet on the Western Front
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Welcome to the group read of All Quiet on the Western Front!
We're planning to read this during the month of March so, if you're interested, now is the time to track down your copy. (I know I own a copy but where, oh where, did I put it?)
Feel free to post about anything you'd like, but if you plan to reveal any plot spoilers, please include a warning to that effect.
I rarely re-read books but, with this one, I think I'll make an exception. I read it in 1979 and I'm curious to see how my 50-something self will respond to it, 30+ years later, vs how my college-aged self did back in '79.
This was also the first "Classics Illustrated" comic book I bought back in the 1960s. I read and re-read that one.
Me, too, although in my case it's 60-something, and 40+ years later. Pehaps also worth noting that my first reading was right at the time that the Vietnam War was really heating up.
Adding to my challenge list...
I remember reading it in the summer of junior high school so it will be more or less 15 years for me. I don't remember much except that I really loved it at the time.
Soldiers have trouble returning to civilian life after experiencing extreme combat. Remarque comments in the preface that All Quiet on the Western Front "will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war."
I never realized it but there is a sequel to this book called The Road Back. Might have to look for them.
I'm at page 108 so far. It's really easy to read, profoundly human and you don't have any pain to understand how this war destroyed a whole generation.
Going to read something light before bed.
I also picked up the Kindle version of All Quiet in Classics Illustrated format (I suspect the original costs hundreds perhaps) and am looking at that as well. Amazingly, 40+ years later and I still remember some of the drawings from that, such as the one from the scene where the corporal orders the soldiers to ground in the newly-plowed field.
...it just means the person did a good job conveying the story, so that it touched you emotionally.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque. What an amazingly powerful novel. One of the few 5* reads I have.
I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slaying one another. I see that the keenest brains of the world invent weapons and words to make it yet more refined and enduring. And all men of my age, here and over there, throughout the world see these things; all my generation is experiencing these things with me. What would our fathers do if we suddenly stood up and came before them and proffered our account? What do they expect of us if a time ever comes when war is over? Through the years our business has been killing; -- it was our first calling in life. Our knowledge of life is limited to death. What will happen afterwards? And what shall come out of us?
When I read this in college, I think it was, my focus was more on the story and what happened to these school friends who went to war together.
This time, I was thinking deeper about it, what it means to lose a whole generation, how horrible it would be to be unable to connect to the civilian world anymore.
Lots of thought-provoking commentary but the portions dealing with his home visit during his leave were tough for me.
In Kansas City, where I live, there is an excellent WWI museum. The only one in the country, perhaps - one of the best, certainly. I need to plan another visit sometime soon. They have a life-sized exhibit of a trench, minus the rats, that I'd like to take another look at after so many descriptions of them in the book.
Linda, thanks for suggesting this group read. It was excellent.
>36 sjmccreary: Perfectly stated: clearly written, but at the same time incredibly difficult. There's so much suffering packed into that slim book.
For Santa Thing, I asked for WW1 books and so, soon, I'd like to get to Robert Graves's memoirs of life in the trenches during WW1. Good Bye to All That. I'd also like to read a few histories about the war, as well.
Thank you Linda for setting up this group read.
The novel is very touching and overwhelming - and one of the few five-stars-unconditionally-recommended books in my library.
If you're interested, you can find my review including some of my favourite quotes here (no spoilers).
The cover of my book says "The Greatest War Novel of All Time." I agree.
The first time I read this book was in 1968 or 1969. I was then the same age as Paul and the others. I was terrifically moved, and saw it as a testament supporting the peace movement and protests against the Vietnam War. This time, I see the soldiers as children, and it made me even more sad. There has to be a better way than war!
I've been especially interested in seeing the responses people had after they re-read it as adults, like I did.
I'm not sure I'll read Remarque's follow-up but I have planned the Robert Graves World War 1 memoir, Goodbye to All That for April. I've done a lot less reading on the first World War than I have on World War 2.
If you're interested in reading more about World War 1, I'll be organizing a group read of Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August in August.
No reason to choose August except to make it easier for me to remember. (My birthday is in March so March is also easy for me to remember).
I intended to read a history of the war then the memoir-type books after that so I'm sort of doing this backwards. I think WW1 might be more of a multi-year reading project for me.
I'm always so eager to read even more about WW2 that I tend to give short shrift to WW1.
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