In All Quiet on the Western Front, a group of young soldiers fight through the troubles of war. The major characters are Paul Bäumer,Stanislaus Katczinsky, who all of the soldiers affectionately call “Kat”, Tjaden, and Müller. They have been assigned to the Western Front, to defend Germany from attacks from the allied powers, during World War I. All of the
“My thoughts become confused. This atmosphere of carbolic and gangrene clogs the lungs, it is a thick gruel, it suffocates.” (Chapter 2)
War attacks all of the senses; it's in the air the soldiers breathe, in the sounds of suffering they hear, in the rough dirt they feel in the trenches. So much of the novel has to do with how the characters feel – both good and bad. In this quote, Paul is visiting a hospital, and the smell of it overwhelms him. However, later on, he and his fellow soldiers enjoy delicious roasted pig and freshly brewed coffee.
Being a big military guru, I loved reading this book. Some part were a little dull, but others were very exciting. I have read other military novels, but this is the best book of the few that I have read. One thing that I really liked about this great book was the way the author wrote the book. The author, portrayed the story in such a way that it was a very understandable and empathic. The author made the reader feel the pain and struggles of the soldiers. I also liked the characters that the author choose to display. There was a mix of the major characters and minor characters that, I thought brought a nice spread of detail that wasn't to hard to read.
I loved reading All Quiet on the Western Front, I would recommend this age old war novel to anyone, especially anyone wanting to learn more about WWI.