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Indeed, much of the book is concerned with the incredibly close relationship between the soldier comrades, many of whom were in the same class together, and their alienation from the people at home, who could not begin to grasp their experiences, only goes to highlight the sense of abandonment and disillusionment of those veterans who had to make a civilian life for themselves after the war.

Chambers, p. He can show the moral problems and failures associated with the Soviet regime.

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On publication in Germanythe book sold more than two million copies within 18 months, at a time when the Weimar Republic was beginning to experience the first shock waves of the Great Depression. Director Delbert Mann, script Paul M This notion of a gulf between those who declare war and those who fight it is present throughout All Quiet on the Western Front, but the gulf between those fighting on opposing sides shrinks as the novel progresses.

IX "Memory," pp. However, the autobiographical voice, with shifts from "I" to "we," and its echo in the voice-over in the remake, 5 raises the issue of memory.

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We do not fight, we defend ourselves against annihilation. We always see it too late. I haven't read this yet! In the remake, we see Himmelstoss—of all men! The shots of bodies either collapsing, or shooting in the air, or caught in a tangle of barbed wire, are short glimpses though no accelerated motion is used. Paul also introduces the cruel drill sergeant Himmelstoss, a former postman with whom Paul and his friends are frequently in conflict. I have as yet been unable to trace the source for this quote.

When they arrive, however, Kat has already died. Updated July 07, "All Quiet on the Western Front" is a literary classicand this roundup of the book's best quotes reveal why. Note PB's confrontation with his old teacher on a trip to the homefront.

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All Quiet on the Western Front Quotes by Erich Maria Remarque