Paul Baumer is unprepared for the horrors he endures fighting for Germany in WWI. How does war change him? Can he survive when strategy and bad luck kill so many?
Paul and his friends are likable youth thrown into horrors. The costs of war are unflinchingly and vividly portrayed. Paul’s group hauntingly shows why the Lost Generation came to be: “we are not youth any longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves” (87). All Quiet on the Western Front offers a look at WWI and the horror of war.
Want more books like All Quiet on the Western Front?
Jean Dartemont is horrified by what he experiences during WWI and makes a stand in Fear: A Novel of WWI by Gabriel Chevallier.
Members of the French Sixth Battalion struggle to survive the horrors of WWI in Under Fire by Henri Barbusse.
Check out memoirs of soldiers who served during WWI such as Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by Siegfried Sassoon.