ISBN: 0449213943
EAN13: 9780449213940
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 12, 1987
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 6.8" L x 4.1" W
Weight: 0.48 lbs.
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Narrated by Paul Baumer, a young man fighting on the French front, Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front describes the extreme circumstances of the German soldiers of the First World War. Paul and his friends volunteered to join the army after being swept up by the patriotic speeches of their teacher. But after undergoing several weeks of harsh training and experiencing the unimaginable horrors of life on the front, they have realised that the truth of warfare is not honourable, but terrible. Classics Illustrated tells this wonderful tale in colourful comic strip form, offering an excellent introduction for younger readers. This edition also includes a biography of Erich Maria Remarque, theme discussions and study questions, which can be used both in the classroom and at home to further engage the reader in the story. The Classics Illustrated comic book series began in 1941 with its first issue, Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers, and has since included over 200 classic tales released around the world. This new Vintage Replica hardback edition is part of a continuing effort to make Classics Illustrated available to all, be they young readers just beginning their journeys into the great world of classic literature, or collectors who have fond memories of this much loved comic book series.

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   Truly sad story. At first a bit graphic but ok ...
Truly sad story. After the first few chapters it was ok. Some is moving while others are laughable. Young school boys who sign up for WW1 are sent away as boys. They become men at war, but without the normal experiences of being a teenager. They don't have a job or a wife and are too old for school. A generation has lost. The main character was coming home for a visit. He was so happy to leave the trenches for a while and see his family but when he got there he couldn't fit in or share his experiences with those at home. He was in the trenches as an adult. The futility of it all was realized by the many who died. I thought I wouldn't be able to handle it but it really was an excellent read.
 
5
   Great writing about a Difficult Subject
Young men on both sides of the conflict were trapped into a war and had no reason to fight. The book shows how hard it was for these young men to survive, with bitter cold, blazing heat, rain, mud and lack of food. The character shows how a gentle, peace loving teenager can become brutal in battle. He is filled with regret when he stabs the French soldier. At times the author describes horror and at other times it is a quiet poetic description of beauty. The author describes some of the soldiers' tricks. How can a soldier who has been through war return to lead a normal life?
 
5
   Shockingly real look at war
The soldiers who fought in these battles were at the front lines, and it was hell on earth. My grandpa had the same experience.
 
5
   Superb, moving classic.
Many of the horrors of war can be seen in the story. It is touching and sharp. You can experience the good, the bad, the strengths and weaknesses of the young men in this terrible setting.
 
5
   Excellent Condition - Just as advertised
The crinkled corner and mild stain on the front are the result of the book being in my bag for a while. The book was lightly used and was shipped quickly. It has a classic book smell and no markings at all.
 
5
   All Quiet is not so quiet
This is an excellent read. I've wanted to read it for a long time, but never did because I have a hard copy. This is one of the best war stories you can read. It doesn't show many of the war scenes that are graphic. The daily life of soldiers in combat, trying to stay alive, trying to help their mates, trying to keep their sanity and trying to kill and not be killed. Paul is a combat soldier fighting for his country, trying to experience love, trying to be a good friend and not letting the circumstances of war change him from man to beast. He is torn between caring for his sick mother back home and being with his friends on the front lines. It may have been too much at the end. Walter, South Carolina.
 
5
   One of the most important books of the 20th century.
I had heard about this book all my life, but had never read it. I put it on the back burner for a long time because I knew it would be brutal. It's true that it's brutal, but it's also as compelling as I expected. It was interesting to read that the timing of this book helped it's success. It would not have received well outside of Germany if it had been published after the war. Being published in 1928, the world was ready for some reflection. The book didn't sit well with the Nazis, who beheaded Remarque's sister in 1943, as Remarque had moved to the US. He would become a citizen in 1947.
 
5
   A real classic
I am very happy that I finally got to read it. The simple thoughts in the book are an eye opener for anyone who thinks of wars as theaters for bravery and courage. It is all about survival in the face of indifference from his own countrymen and aggression from the ruthless enemy.
 
5
   Using for a Modern World history course at my college ...
Due to the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, I want my students to appreciate the relationship of the soldier to the group he is with, the earth he lives in, and how the wealthy continue to send out young people to fight the wars they start.
 
5
   Insight to war
The character, Paul, gives us insight into the thoughts of our enemy, was he an enemy or was he another young man who was caught up in the excitement of war, which would change as he faced death and destruction. The book made me realize that our enemy is not the enemy we face in war, but our own and our disregard for all of our brothers.
 
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