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Title: All Quiet on the Western Front
Authors: Remarque, Eric Maria
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 192
Year: 1919
Language: English
Description: Remarque, who lost his German citizenship as a result of this work, powerfully portrays the agony and futility of war.

Comments from Groups:

All members liked this book. Very relevant. Northland 001

It's a must-read classic. Everyone was very moved by this great novel. Harrowing - what's changed? Hikurangi001

Everyone found this a very powerful novel that described the reality of war from a soldier's viewpoint - in graphic detail. It provided much discussion. Well worth reading. Waiau 002

Good discussion about war and families. Dunedin 079

Everyone read the book, many having read it long ago. Well worth the re-read. A marvellous book - terrible and grim subject. It should be mandatory reading for year 12-13 students. Nelson 003

The group found it harrowing. Some didn't finish it. Nevertheless we all found it very worthwhile in its descriptions of what the war was like for the soldiers. We all thought it was very well written. Waikanae 004

Really gripping. It made a deep impression on us. Discussion was lively, about war and innocent young men. Auckland 015

Categories: Fiction, Classic, War theme, Contemporary, What's Hot, Blind Foundation book

Reviews

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By: NELS 003 2018-11-19 10:34:38
5 
'All Quiet on the Western Front' was read by every member of the group - many had read it long ago. Well worth the re-read. A marvellous book although a terrible and grim subject. Should be mandatory reading for year 12/13 students.

By: WAIKA 004 2018-11-19 10:31:18
4 
The group found this harrowing, and some didn't finish it. Nevertheless we all found it very worthwhile in its descriptions of what the war was like for the soldiers, and a major contribution to anti-war literature. We also thought it was very well-written.

By: WAIAU 002 2018-11-19 10:28:33
4.5 
Everyone found this a very powerful novel that described the reality of war from a soldier's viewpoint in graphic detail. It provided much discussion. Well worth reading.

By: MAST 013 2018-11-19 10:17:34
5 
Great discussion. The book is definitely a classic, a masterpiece of wonderful language. It gave us so much insight into the minds of the soldiers, and it could have been any soldier, not just German. Not a book to enjoy but we were all pleased to have read it.

By: WELL 134 2018-11-19 10:15:25
4.5 
All thought it was SO well written. Such a sad story, with graphic detail, but so understandable that young boys felt their lives had been taken away from them.

By: TAIH 002 2018-11-19 10:11:26
4.5 
We all agreed that this book has lost none of its relevance so many years later.

By: AUCK 389 2018-11-19 10:09:18
5 
Deserves to be a classic. Brilliant writing. Some found it overwhelming and cried while reading, however finished the book due to the quality of the writing. We were divided in opinion as to the fate of the main character. Having held our meeting the day after Anzac day, it was a very poignant reminder about war and all its consequences.

By: CHCH 077 2018-11-19 10:06:07
4 
This book was surprisingly engaging for several in the group who wouldn't normally read a 'western'. Quite different, but we were glad we read it.

By: AUCK 100 2018-11-19 10:04:05
5 
A classic read, which should be essential reading for 16/17 year olds. A riveting read for all in this group. Highly recommended.

By: HAMIL 059 2018-06-22 15:03:05
3 
Most of the group really enjoyed this as it gives the view from the 'other' side of the war. Some found it harrowing, some didn't finish it.

 
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