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All Quiet on the Western Front: Book Review

Updated on September 11, 2014

A Great Novel by Erich Maria Remarque

Here is the book review of All quiet on the western front. Have you ever heard of a novel name called All quiet on the western front? I don't know whether you have heard of this novel. If you have not yet - you definitely will find some information here. This famous novel was written by Erich Maria Remarque. He is the one who always delights me with his novels. Today I am going to tell about his famous work "All Quiet on the Western Front."

I have read this book and the movie before, but it always attracts me and tells me "please read this again," which I am going to do, since this war novel is my favorite one. I thank to the author Remarque for writing such a great and remarkable novel that anyone would like to read over again and again.

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The novel "All Quite on the Western Front"

The novel "All Quite on the Western Front" is the most famous one among the early Remarque`s novel. It is also one of the most famous books written on war subject - but war is far not the only theme it shows. Friendship, love, fear - that's what goes about there.

Here I want to share something learnt from the book.

Paul Bumer is student but he is enlisted to German army and he is sent to the western front – the most dangerous one. This book will not show the heroic events but it will tell you about the feelings of soldiers, how they feel about war at such war condition. They need food; they seek love from their families. They think of their family members when they are in war zone. Sometimes they are disappointed of war; sometimes they are afraid of artillery fire and bombing. Their lives have no guarantee.

In the novel "All Quite on the Western Front" Detering (a character) is shown in contrast to the young guys. A man of about 40, who got his life interrupted by the war. But everyone knows, when it is over, his quite existence will go on. Isn't it the point to envy for the guys?

The book starts from the scene of getting food, soldiers are happy they will get twice more food, but it happens because half of the company died in attack. They aren't cruel, they behave so because they can't do anything for them anyway, if they could - they would give their own lives for others, but it's pointless, so they learn to live with it. Kat teaches young soldiers to differ bombs by the sound.

The Novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" on

This is the book/novel i like to read! No one knows, even me why i want to red this over again and again but one thing is clear that the novel inspires me much. I found this novel from my lover. She actually told me first to read this wonderful novel. She used to tell me about this book much. I listened to her and i read this book for the first time may be a year ago from now. Thank you very much my love for telling me to read this fantastic novel, I Love You.

All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front

Don't forget to read this classic novel!


Novels Written By Erich Maria Remarque

Remarque was a great novelist. He wrote 15 novels of his entire life. The one "All Quiet on the Western Front" is the greatest novel written by him. Though, other novels are famous too such as Three comrades, The Night in Lisbon, Arch of Triumph.

The Dream Room (1920)

Gam (1924)

Station at the Horizon (1928)

All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)

The Road Back (1931)

Three Comrades (1937)

Flotsam (1941)

Arch of Triumph (1945)

Spark of Life (1952)

A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1954)

The Black Obelisk (1957)

Heaven Has No Favorites (1961)

The Night in Lisbon (1964)

The Promised Land (1970)

Shadows in Paradise (1972)

The main Character of the novel

The main character of the novel - Paul Baumer - a yesterday`s school-leaver who, as many others, believed hot propaganda of the big goal to stand for. Too soon he understood that war isn't that heroic and romantic, as it had been painted for him by teachers. He was taught to survive and to be cruel, he learnt the feeling of losing friends, he saw what it is like - when your yesterday`s classmate, turned inside out, is dying on hospital berth.

A Quote from the book "All Quiet on the Western Front"

"We are not youth any longer. We don't want to take

the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From

our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and

the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces."

Erich Maria Remarque, "All Quiet on the Western Front".

A Real Westfront German Solider During World War I

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Baumer - the young man, he lost himself!

Baumer is a typical representative of the 'lost generation' - like thousands of other young men, he lost himself. Going to the war, he had nothing - too adult to be addicted to his parents, too young to have own family and job. He didn't understand people, who don't know the sound of fire, and they didn't understand him. He and his friends - the people, who cursed their idols, stopped believing in any social ideas, saw no meaning neither in war, nor in revolution, neither in republic, democracy, monarchy, nor in empire. Feeling surrounded by fraud, they started taking the truth for fraud. Hiding from the life`s cruelty, they see the escape only in help, in simple human relationship, that were the only things, that made them live facing the death.

This problem is better depicted in another Remarque`s novel - "The Road Back". It tells about the same characters, who can`t stand pointlessness of their existence, their own uselessness out of war. Most of them commit suicide, the others - find themselves in the other war, that goes a few years later.

The Movie "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930 film)

Have you watched this movie? It is a classic movie directed by Lewis Milestone, filmed in 1930. This movie won Academy Awards (Oscar) in the best director and outstanding product category. If you really want to see a real World War I movie then don't miss it, please watch. If one of your friends got this movie, just borrow from him or her.

You will be amazed to see this movies scenery and the action, remember it was filmed in 1930! Since the movie "All quiet on the western front" was filmed based on the novel so you would see the same characters as they appear in the novel. This is the movie I watched for the first time with my brother. Again later I watched this several times because this movie would not teach you about victory over enemy but humanity. This movie would teach you the war is a great sin for all of us. You must watch this movie someday since it will make you laugh sometimes, there is humor, war, compassion, love, patriotic, fear.

All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics)
All Quiet on the Western Front (Universal Cinema Classics)

Based on the novel a movie was filmed in 1930. It is one of my best war movies of all time.


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Ohter Characters of Remarque`s novels

Rather common character for Remarque's novels - StanislavKatchinsky. Smart, strong, somewhat cunning, an older friend for guys. In novel "Shadows in Paradise" he appears as Kan, in "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" - as Polman, in "The Night in Lisbon" - as Schwarz. He is characterized by his nobility, unwillingness to tell empty loud phrases, helping the needy, even suffering for him. Those are the things Baumer learns from Kat. They help him survive without losing his mind.

Ah! Mother, Mother! How can it be that I must part from you? Here I sit and there you are lying

Something you must know

In attack Kemmerich (Baumer`s school friend) loses leg, everyone knows he won't survive. Kemmerich has good boots, which he isn't going to need anymore, friends ask him to get them when Kemmerich dies, they get them.

Baumer goes home for a leave to see his dying mom from the war zone, his mother has cancer, suffers for strong pains. They are glad to see him, but he doesn't feel well at home, longing to return back to the front. He is sick of hearing pathetic speeches about war, people in bars think of strategies how to win it better. There is a great quote that Paul things "Ah! Mother, Mother! How can it be that I must part from you? Here I sit and there you are lying; we have so much to say, and we shall never say it."

What happened in the end?

Western front was the bloodiest front. Soldiers are fighting against enemies, who could just as well be their comrades. Paul Bumer sees his friends fall one by one. A moment ago they are alive but after a while they transform into dead body!!! What a life! Paul thinks war is going to end up but there is no bright future he can see.

All Quiet on the Western Front: The Illustrated Edition

All Quiet on the Western Front: The Illustrated Edition
All Quiet on the Western Front: The Illustrated Edition

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Some Other Characters of the Novel "All Quiet on the Western Front"

Albert Kropp


Haie Westhus

Joseph Behm

Fredrich Mller

Stanislaus Katczinsky

Peter Leer


The Movie "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1979 film)

All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front

As you can see, based on Remarque's war novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" a classical movie was filmed in 1930. Again in 1979, a television movie was filmed by the same name. This movie won a Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award. You can watch this historical World War I TV movie with all of your family members.


All Quiet on the Western Front Poster Movie

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Photo of Erich Maria Remarque

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Remarque's Short Biography

I personally believe Remarque's life was not easy. Would you like to go to a war zone? Who wants to join in army when people are afraid of war?! I am peaceful, I don't support war. I think you agree with me.

He had to join with German military during World War I and was transferred to the Western front. Based on his real war life experience on the western front he wrote "All Quiet on the Western Front" novel.

The famous novelist Remarque was born in Osnabrck, Germany. It was the month of June, 1898. He was born in a peaceful city of medieval castles.

The novel "The Dream Room" was the first work written by him. It was published in 1920. Later he wrote some excellent famous novels and "All Quiet on the Western Front" was one of them. This novel always keeps readers curious.

Except becoming a famous novelist, he wrote short story, worked as teacher, businessman, editor, and so on. He married two girls in his entire life. His first wife was IlseJuttaZambona - an actress. He passed rest of his life in Switzerland, where he was sent because of the novels he wrote – anti-war theme wasn’t approved by the government. He lived there from the year of 1948 and died on 25 September 1970.

Famous Novels of Remarque

"All Quiet on the Western Front" - This boos is not only the best of Remarque novel. He passed away from us but he left some of his wonderful novels which are enough for you to feel about real life. I highly recommend to read some of his famous novels.

All in one! Book and the Movie DVD

Please remember! It is a great classic novel

Why you should read this novel

To be honest, I just want to remind you one thing, which is if you are a bookworm or just a normal book reader then choose this classic novel. You will not be disappointed reading all the pages. You can believe me! I read this book and I will be reading again.

I don't know how many times I would be reading this book in future but I am sure every time I read a page of this novel, no one would resist me not to read the next page. That is the nature of this book; you can tell me I am addicted to it already. Finally, I wish you good luck, enjoy the novel and thank to Mr. Remarque for writing this greatest war novel.

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    • tazzytamar profile image


      4 years ago from chichester

      This book sounds really good - another really amazing lens! I look forward to reading some more from you :)

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      I did read this in high school and had to do research on the film in college. My husband enjoyed it more than I did. Not my type of literature, but it was required and informative. A more tame book is my style :)

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting review of a great author. I haven't read this one. Would have to be in the mood to read a war story, but will consider it. I like peace, my husband is always watching war stories on the TV, so one day I may see it there. Thanks.

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      sybil watson 

      4 years ago

      I had no idea that Remarque wrote so many books. You've done a really great job with this review, covering the plot and all the background information about the author and the war.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendation. I have read a few books by Remarque, but "All quiet on the western front" is not one of them.

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      blestman lm 

      5 years ago

      Just saw the 1930 movie last week again. It's still an awesome portrayal of war.

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      5 years ago

      Haven't read the novel, but have seen the 1930 film. Remember being shocked at the end.

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      5 years ago

      Awesome lens! :D I think I saw both movies at least part of both movie versions of All quiet... I do remember seeing Richard Thomas, as he was one of my favorite actors. I would love to read the follow up book, The Road Back. Thanks for a great review of the movies and books.

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      5 years ago

      I enjoyed looking at this well-done lens!

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      5 years ago

      All Quiet on the Western Front had a great impact on me when I read it as a teenager. The horrors of war struck me in a way that the news could never do.

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      5 years ago

      You got me very interested in reading "All Quiet on the Western Front"

      Thank you! :)

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      May Matthew 

      5 years ago

      I have only watched the impressive movie. Thanks for this great lens on the author.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      5 years ago from Ljubljana

      There is another interesting trivia about E.M. Remarque. This is actually his pen name, the real is Erich Paul Remark and his surname can be read backwards as Kramer, what was used against him because it sounds Jewish. Remarque was with his writings very unpopular with Nazi regime, so they used this sort of propaganda to decrease his popularity.

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      5 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      5 years ago

      Read the novel in junior high school and it left a powerful impact on me and my views on warfare.. I highly recommend everyone read this novel now.

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      Laurel Johnson 

      5 years ago from Washington KS

      I read the book and have watched the movie numerous times. The movie was one of my favorite war movies.

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      Gloria Freeman 

      5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi thanks for telling us about this book. Need to put it on my to read list, I love to read. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

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      SteenBiilmann LM 

      5 years ago

      Great book lens - I remember seeing the movie many years ago - terrible destinies for so many people who helped us in the free world against our enemies. Thanks for a super lens!

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      5 years ago

      Excellent book lens!

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      5 years ago

      My fiance read this book and loves it! Very nice lens!

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      Tonto Murray 

      5 years ago

      Great book. Must read for everyone.

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      5 years ago

      Have not read it before. Thanks for sharing and I shall explore more about it.

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      5 years ago

      An Excellent book and a great lens. Thanks for telling the story!

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      5 years ago

      Nicely done lens! War is a terrible thing..I have letters from a movie star in Germany written to my mom during the war, he was in the Luftwaffe and also in the movie "Stukas" (sorties) in the letters you would never guess what country he was from because of what he said...war is a terrible thing on all sides.

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      sukkran trichy 

      5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      never heard about this book. your review tempting me to read this classic.

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      5 years ago

      Excellent review of a compelling story.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the sounds like a wonderful novel. I will have to add it to my list of books to read

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the sounds like a wonderful novel. I will have to add it to my list of books to read

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      5 years ago

      @LornsA178: Good luck, you would like it.

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      5 years ago

      Excellent lens. You are a true fan

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      5 years ago

      I started reading All Quiet on the Western Front when I was a teenager nut I never finished it. Maybe it's time to take the book out again for another look.

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      5 years ago

      I am interested in reading this book....I will sometime...

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      5 years ago

      I read it years ago - and now I want to read it again!

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      5 years ago

      I remember my sister reading this at school. It must have been memorable as I'm sure I don't even remember all the books I've read!

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      5 years ago

      I read it years ago. I can't really remember much of it now but it is certainly a good book to pick up once again to read.

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      5 years ago

      I saw the movie on youtube last year. Very touching film, especially the last part where he was shot !

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      5 years ago from Istanbul

      I read it. It is great.

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      5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Yes, it is!

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      5 years ago

      A true classic.

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      Michael Oksa 

      5 years ago

      Thank for a lens on a classic novel.

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      srsddn lm 

      5 years ago

      Seems to be a great work. I wish I could read the book at the earliest possible.

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      5 years ago

      @Jo-Jackson: Cool! You better read the book, It is very interesting.

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      5 years ago

      I've seen the movie but have not read the book. It sounds like a good read.


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