All Quiet on the Western Front

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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is the beautiful and enthralling tale of the young Paul Bäumer and the horrors and misfortune he faces during World War I. I, for one, really liked the book, however depressing it is, and I now consider it to be one of my personal favorites. Not only does it represent the psychological change that can take place in a human being during a time of war, but it also represents the worth of human life and how little regard there was for it. I can’t say I like any of the battle scenes, I was very disappointed by the death of Paul’s friends, who I had learned to love over the course of the book, they were ripped away so suddenly, but a soldier gets used to that. I had bought this book a few years ago, knowing that it was a classic book that I would probably need later on, and I sat down and tried to read it. I found that I had no patience for it, it was far too depressing and boring, but I suppose that back then I was too naïve to truly understand the depth of it. Now that I’ve picked it back up, it made me realize how terrible humans can be to each other and the scarring effects war can have on someone. Remarque weaves a masterpiece reflected by his personal experiences and brings the pain of the Western Front into the hearts and minds of the reader. The book starts out with the introduction of a young Paul Bäumer. At first, he seems like a normal young man. Fresh out of school, he joins his friends in enlisting in the German Army during World War I. However, no thanks to his prideful schoolmaster, by the end of the book he has completely transformed from a lively young youth into a shell of what used to be a human being from the terrors he, along with his friends, must endure. Paul’s friends: Müller, Kemmerich, Detering, Leer, Albert, and Haie are good for Paul, as he begins to become more emotionally

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