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All Quiet On The Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque

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It’s always interesting to see what other people have to say concerning a book one has read personally. Sometimes it is so disappointing because a story may have meant the world, but the reviewer or the critical writer rips it apart heartlessly. Or, as one may hope, the reviewer enjoyed each bit of the tale as much as was possible. Of course the reality and purpose of a critique is to demonstrate whether the author was successful in his/her goal to create a widely-read piece, a moving piece, or a well written piece to be added to one’s collector items. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, is lucky enough to be on my list of agreement with most critics. This almost ninety-year-old, historical fiction novel has been said to embody impressionist ideals about World War I. Great characterization on three different levels also helps the reader come to a better understanding about the Great War as an event and the ideals people were feeling as a direct result. This tale was so great that it was snatched up by Hollywood’s affluent of the time and produced. I cannot argue the likelihood that Hollywood picked it up because it was well-written. .
When Remarque’s book entered the literary scene in 1929, it was a big success which completely overrode the previous novel he had written some years earlier. I have not personally read his other pieces, but without a doubt All Quiet deserves every bit of attention it received and still does. This well-written novel was not cumbersome in appearance or in the actual reading, and that is a slight shock considering the topics it covered. One of the reasons this book had so much power first in Germany and (luckily) many other countries was that it plainly but truthfully put what people’s reactions were to government choices, mourning their loved ones, and starting to remake life out of that mess. There had been enough time in between the Great War and the book’s publishing for people (in Germany and over the world) to discuss each tidbit into ridiculousness. Now it would be time for authors to step in make sense of the matter in literary fashion. Richard Arthur Firda agrees with this interesting notion of Remarque publishing his book at the right time because of audience readiness, “Remarque’s first audience in 1929 was German, but his book addressed may other potential readers. France, England, and the United States had fought in the recent conflict and were likewise evaluating the Great War in works of fiction,” (40). Society had been effected greatly by the coming home of soldiers, but many may not have been able to explain the change in persona. Why were young men so mentally ragged? What had occurred out on the battle field to cause them to be so lack-luster?
Remarque says the scantiness of men’s livelihood is to be blamed on fighting a war without a cause. By the end of the novel he simply guides the readers toward complete pacifism, but one of his bigger points is that...

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