Description

Erich Maria Remarque was a German novelist (1898 – 1970). His landmark novel All Quiet on the Western Front, about the German military experience of World War I, was an international best-seller which created a new literary genre, and was subsequently made into the film “All Quiet on the Western Front”.

 


Review

All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque who was a veteran of World War I. The book tells of the extreme physical and mental stress endured by German soldiers during World War I and the effect of their separation from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front. The novel was published in book form in 1929 and as a sequel called the Road Back. Both this book and its sequel were banned in Nazi Germany.  All Quiet on the Western Front sold 2.5 million copies in its first 18 months in print.

 


Study Questions

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1. How does a soldier’s feeling of being cut‐off from the rest of the world come about? How much of this feeling is due to the war?

2. What have the soldiers lost? Innocence? Love? The ability to remember their prior lives? Their sense of humanity?

3. Are these soldiers “The lost generation?”

4. What do you think causes a distance between a soldier on furlough and his former acquaintances, and family?

5. In your opinion, does Paul believe that he will ever enjoy the love of learning that he once had?

6. Does Paul killing the man who stumbles into his trench cause you to lose respect?

7. Several times in the novel, Paul and his friends mention that the war was brought about by nameless men who are power hungry. Do you agree?

8. The book mentions that the men who were of little importance in civilian life acted more important in the military. Have you ever experienced this?

9. Does it seem strange that routine drills should be conducted during the course of the fighting?

10. Has this book changed your perception of war?

 

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