all quiet on the western front

all quiet on the western front - Alison Smith November...

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1 Alison Smith November 19,2007 American Way of War M.W. 4:30-5:45 PM Erich M. Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front , Published by Little Brown and Company in 1928 Remarque was born in Osnabruck, Germany to an family with French ancestors. He was trained for most of his childhood to be a musician. However, when he was eighteen, he had to enlist in the German army and served on the Western front, where he was injured several times. After the war, he tried his hand at several jobs and finally started his writing career as a sports journalist and eventually moving up to an assistant editor for Sportbild . His first novel, All Quiet on the Western Front , brought him fame. It was rejected by the first publisher, but later sold 1.2 million copies in its first year. However, it was also very controversial and started several political problems. In the 1930's two of Remarque’s books were banned by the Nazi party– All Quiet on the Western Front and its sequel, The Road Back . Six years after moving to Switzerland in 1932, Remarque lost his German citizenship and then moved to the United States. After the Second World War, Remarque returned to Switzerland where he lived out the rest of his life, which ended in 1970, several months after having an aneurysm. All Quiet on the Western Front is a narrative book told in first-person. The book is arranged chronologically as the main character, Paul Baumer, sees things throughout the first World War as a young German solider. The book focuses on the human condition, such as how each day of battle or each death of a friend effects the main character or the people around him. I would consider this book very readable for the common person, and it is meant for popular
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readership rather than scholarly, though much of the book comes from the experiences Remarque or his comrades had during their time of service in the First World War. However, it is a work of fiction and no sources are stated, and the places the battles take place are unclear. Therefore, any scholarly intentions are negated. The book begins when the company Baumer is in is at rest behind the front lines. They
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