All Quiet on the Western Front, a war novel, is a fictional novel by Erich Maria Remarque, a German veteran of World War I. The book was wrote in 1929 and has had two movies based on the book. Erich Maria Remarque was conscripted at the age of 18, and on the 12th June 1917 he was transferred to the Western Front. This may have provided Erich Maria Remarque with the idea that was behind All Quiet on the Western Front. I think it was a book written to reflect the human cost of war.
And how many people are blind in seeing the truth and actual reality of war. The book is showing how at first these me thought that war is glorious. But as the war drags on they see the death or permanent injuries that have been inflicted on their friends. And all of the characters seem to die or be sent to hospital until only one remains. The book tells the story of Paul Bäumer, a German soldier who joins at the start of World War One. Bäumer arrives at the Western Front with his friends and schoolmates.
While fighting at the front, Bäumer and his comrades have to engage in frequent battles and endure the dangerous and often dirty conditions of warfare. The book is set on the western front which stretches from the North Sea to Switzerland. Erich Maria Remarque uses the brutality and fierceness of war. And they way that be puts this through makes you believe and picture it in its true form as he is giving a real description of the setting of war. However he also explains the longing for home that the soldiers have and the comforts that are there, that are not in the trenches.
Even the time that they have spent in the trenches has made the feel attached to their friends’ one of their characters on leave feels “out of place” at his home. Even though of the many comforts that they have grown to attached to their friends’ and would prefer to be with them. To me this show how close each of the men were to each other and how Erich Maria Remarque writes changes how people would normally think what war does to people such as they become vindictive and hateful.
But Erich Maria Remarque shows that war can actually makes people become brilliant friends and that war can change people for the better. All quiet on the All Quiet on the Western Front is Paul Bäumer story and is told in first person. And is told as he lives through it and dies through it and you begin to trust and understand him. He balances the grim nature of war with reality of the most brutal war. Erich Maria Remarque style is that he uses short words or short phrases. He tends to not waste words which would bore the reader.
He skips numbers of weeks and uses just one sentence to highlight the week and changes the timeline dramatically at some points. He also doesn’t get too emotional over the deaths of characters, but he carries on and drives the story forward which is what make you want to carry on reading it. There are numerous different conflicts, and one of these between Tjaden and Himmelstoss. Both of the characters represent a sort of power, but Tjaden has a sense of defiance while Himmelstoss is a very strict and wants everything in order.
Tjaden’s defiance leads to open arrest which he preferred to the trenches. This conflict is similar to Raleigh’s and Stanhope’s conflict from Journeys End a British take on life in World War one. Any reader of this book would find that this account of the German’s view of war is very similar to that of the British and in a novels case Journeys end. Both of these novels explain that war was brutal for both sides; both had terrible living conditions both sides lost significant amounts of people, but an important point both sides lost friends.
In either case they were acting on orders. They had not asked for this war, they may have not wanted to fight, but some paid for it with their lives. Such as Raleigh and Osborne in Journeys end and Paul and Kat in All Quiet on the Western Front. And this is important as it shows a true and harsh reality of war for both sides. My final judgement on this book is based on the reality and trueness of it, but also how Erich Maria Remarque creates an enlightened atmosphere about the significance of friend in times like this and because of this I would suggest this as a good buy.