The book: "All Quiet on the Western Front," by Erich Maria Remarque
Why I like it: I read this book for English class and I must say, there were times when I couldn't put it down.
The book is told from the point of view of 19-year-old Paul Baumer and focuses on him and his classmates as they volunteer themselves for World War I in Germany. Since I'm not totally into history, I was expecting the book to be utterly dreadful and depressing, and I was preparing myself to hate it.
However, this is now one of my favorite books because of Remarque's stunning use of imagery, which throws the reader into Paul's world and gives a taste of what it would be like to participate in a huge war.
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Sure, there's a lot of talk about bombs and death, but for the most part, the novel is about how the young men are feeling during the war and how their whole lives are affected by it, which is a side of war most people don't usually hear about.
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