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All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel | Erich Maria Remarque
Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarques masterpiece of the German experience during World War I.I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. . . .This is the testament of Paul Bumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another . . . if only he can come out of the war alive.Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Readers Circle for author chats and more.The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.The New York Times Book ReviewFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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alozis
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WW1, trench warfare, chemical attacks. You feel for the young men fighting a war when they have yet to experience life. The war is all they know, and all they have is each other. Death is abundant, and conditions are terrible. Great book, couldn't put it down.

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alozis
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Starting my new book.

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451Degrees
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An excellent reread of this novel that I can now appreciate it a little more than when I read it the first time. The author has an uncanny knack for writing almost nonchalantly about the horrors of the Great War only because the main character knows no different in his adult life. A hard read but an important one nonetheless. A story of a young German man, Paul, and his comrades‘ lives while on the Western frontline during WWI.

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LeafingThroughLife
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In a week of vacation, I have read all of three chapters. But today is off to a rainy start so getting a few chapters in now. 📖 🙂

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Leftcoastzen
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#manicmonday #LetterA
Thanks for the tag @sprainedbrain and @vivastory 📖tagged
🖋Jane Austen
🎬Animal House (I know, sorry , not sorry)😄
🎶The Animals
🎤And It Stoned Me Van Morrison
Late to the party , join in!

CBee Van Morrison 😍😍😍 Thanks for playing!! 4mo
vivastory Great choices! I need to listen to more Van Morrison 4mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory Moondance album is hella old , 1970 , but it is so good. 4mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory kinda blue eyed soul Celtic perfection. 4mo
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Amiable
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A classic for #LetterA in the #AlphabetGame

Thanks for the tag, @CoverToCoverGirl !

CoverToCoverGirl That book is on my shelf, I just need to get to it. Excellent choice! 4mo
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl I finally read it for the first time last year. I don‘t know why it took me so long! 4mo
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Daisey
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13 books completed in February
Favorite: All Quiet on the Western Front
It was a good #1001books month with 6 new reads from the list as well as progress on Ulysses.

#ReadingStats #MonthlyStats #BookSpinBingo

Suet624 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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Daisey
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This is a powerful book about the harsh reality of war and the way in which it impacts young soldiers. It will be one I‘ll continue to think about as I read other stories that speak of war with a lighter touch.

#1001books #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #Germany #translated #WWI
#Reading1001 #TBRTakedown February 2022

Goleemn I love this book! It‘s great because the protagonist is “just a guy,” not a super man nor a wimp, an ordinary man trying to survive the horror of war. Highly recommend. 9mo
Daisey @Goleemn I completely agree! 9mo
AshleyHoss820 This is one of my favorites! I still think about it often. I need to revisit it soon. 😊 9mo
Daisey @AshleyHoss820 Yes, it‘s absolutely one I will plan to revisit as well. 9mo
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Daisey
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I don‘t tend to mark or highlight a lot as I read, but I noted several quotes in this book that expressed thoughts about war very clearly. This scene of the soldier thinking about why he does not want to talk about what he has seen and done at the front is one of those.

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Daisey
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Today is a virtual snow day so I had time this morning for a few pages of my book with breakfast before online classes. I‘ve had this book on my TBR for a while, and it is completely living up to my expectations. I‘m about halfway through, and it clearly describes the horror endured as well as the camaraderie of soldiers at the front.

#BookAndBreakfast #translated #Germany #WWI #1001books #Reading1001
#TBRTakedown February 2022

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Andrew65
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Why has it taken me so long to read this book, was an excellent read, and is in fact a must read. No wonder Hitler didn‘t want Germans to read this book. Frank Muller did an excellent job as narrator.

Now I need to get hold of the sequel.

Allylu I really liked this book, too. 10mo
Velvetfur I just thought - I've just finished reading my book for Angola, do you want it? I loved it but I won't be keeping it, so I don't mind posting it to you if you want it 😊 10mo
AllDebooks A literary masterpiece. 10mo
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julesG One of the many required reads of my school years that I remember the most about and still recommend. 10mo
DGRachel I had to read this freshman year of high school and I‘ve been thinking of rereading it for years. I didn‘t know Frank Muller narrated an audiobook version. I love his work. Hmm… 10mo
Andrew65 @DGRachel Certainly worth a listen. He does do good audiobook. (edited) 10mo
Andrew65 @AllDebooks I would now agree. 10mo
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Andrew65
All Quiet on the Western Front | Erich Maria Remarque
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This was quoted and mentioned in a book I read at the weekend. Never read it so thought I‘d address this by listening to the audiobook.

MommyOfTwo I read this in high school and remember liking it: 10mo
Andrew65 @MommyOfTwo Very different, but enjoying it so far. 10mo
Bookwomble It's a fabulous book, and got Remarque in trouble with the Nazis (always a recommendation) for lifting the cover off gung-go nationalistic warmongering. I've had the (tagged) sequel on my tbr for ages and really must get to it this year! 10mo
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Daisey This one is on my list for February! It‘s been one I‘ve been meaning to read for years. 10mo
Andrew65 @Bookwomble Thanks for letting me know about the sequel. 10mo
Andrew65 @Daisey It was a good read. 10mo
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Jedi_Bruno
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One of the great theme‘s in all of Hemingway‘s books was the Lost Generation - referring to those who fought and returned from WWI. It seems that this sense of lost-ness was not unique to the Allied Powers. This novel reveals how a war desired by the elite was fought by commoners on both sides who had nothing to gain but everything to lose and nothing to come home too after their sacrifice. If they came home at all.

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ValerieAndBooks
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A harrowing read about World War I by a German author who went through it. Very well written, but reading this made me have to set it aside now and then. Read for #1001Books

julesG It is a very difficult but very important read. 13mo
ValerieAndBooks @julesG yes. More people should read this — war is truly terrible. 13mo
JazzFeathers Ever since l started researching WWI a couple of years ago, l've thought to read it. I will, one day. 13mo
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BarbaraBB So heartbreaking good 13mo
BookwormM OMG I have possibly? Just twigged you are Valerie from Reading 1001 on Goodreads at least I think you are 🤣🤣🤣 13mo
ValerieAndBooks @BookwormM I‘m not on goodreads, so it‘s another Valerie 😊 13mo
BookwormM It must be 🤣🤣 13mo
ValerieAndBooks @JazzFeathers The author experienced WWI himself, so this novel felt very accurate. 13mo
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QBub
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I read this with a much deeper appreciation than when I read it in high school ( 50+ years ago). Deservedly a must read classic.

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Texreader
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Tonight‘s movie

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Amiable
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I‘m not sure why it took me so long to read this classic. But the writing simply blew me away. A stark, sobering narrative that earns the praise on its cover as “The Greatest War Novel of All Time.”

CoverToCoverGirl I need to get this one off my shelf and read. 2y
GinaKButler I need to get to this one soon! Thanks for the nudge! 2y
Amiable @CoverToCoverGirl @GinaKButler An amazing book. And less than 300 pages. It would have been a fast read except for the fact that I kept stopping to go back and reread various passages because they were so well written. 2y
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Amiable
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Today‘s plans. 👍🏼

Cathythoughts Looking good ! I‘m relaxing too with a book .... ❤️👍🏻 2y
Amiable @Cathythoughts It‘s going to rain all day here —perfect reading weather! 👍🏼❤️ 2y
batsy Perfect! So cozy. 2y
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Amiable @batsy My goal today is to move just enough that my health tracker app doesn‘t think I‘m dead. 😉 2y
melissajayne Can we start another chunkster when we have finished our first one? 2y
Amiable @melissajayne Of course! A few people are reading more than one. Spread the chunkster love! 2y
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shayjackson3
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We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out.

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shayjackson3
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I never had to read this book during school so I picked it up as a quick read. Wow. It is heavy. Wonderfully written, but heavy.

ErinSueMreads Thats one of my favorites 😍 2y
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Nebklvr
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Well, that was depressing. Beautiful words to describe an ugly subject.

llcoolnate Cant believe I still haven't read this! 2y
Twainy OMG when I saw this I thought ... well there‘s an uplifting book. Not. 🤗 2y
Nebklvr @llcoolnate Oh, it is very good. 2y
Nebklvr @Twainy Your warning comes too late! 😂 2y
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Booksncats2
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How have I never read this before?! This is one of my top reads now. It really shed light on what an individual thinks during combat warfare and how they change throughout their service.

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Aylandra
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The best description of this book, is written within its own pages, right at the start, before chapter 1...

"This book is intended neither as an accusation not as a confession, but simply as an attempt to give an account of a generation that was destroyed by war - even those of it who survived the shelling."

This book definitely makes you stop and think. I stopped several times just to process what I had read.
I do recommend the book though.

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451Degrees
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I thiiinnnk this is my oldest book I own. It says the copyright is 1930 but guys this book is in amazing condition! Very loved and respected by previous owners! Also I LOVE finding writing in old books. Makes the past owners come through the pages just as much as the stories do❤️ #fridayfunwith451 #allquietonthewesternfront #oldbooks #usedbooks
@451Degrees

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Ruthiella
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These are three books that I have not yet read and which have been banned at some point.

📚The Country Girls was banned in Ireland
📚All Quiet on the Western Front was banned in Germany
📚The Satanic Verses was banned in India

#3books

MsMelissa I cried so hard at the end of All Quiet on the Western Front! I read it in a university history class after we‘d visited various WWI & WWII battlefield sites and monuments to fallen soldiers in France, and Belgium (I was in school in England, it was easy to jump across the channel and visit the sites). 2y
Ruthiella @Book_Fiend_Melissa I believe it. I haven‘t read it yet but I am sure I will be moved. When I see all those poppies in various commemorations on November 11, I am already near tears. 2y
Cathythoughts I havnt read The Country Girls either .. I must do 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Ruthiella @Cathythoughts I‘ve never read any Edna O‘Brian and really must remedy that. 2y
melissajayne All Quiet is excellent; one of my favourite books. 2y
Ruthiella @melissajayne I look forward to reading it! 2y
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Singout
All Quiet on the Western Front | Erich Maria Remarque
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My final Summer prompt for #Booked2020, a #BannedBook vetoed by the Nazis during their rise to power because it portrays the true horrors of war--with a few light moments--and, more importantly, how empty and futile World War I was, especially for the ordinary soldiers in the trenches. A powerful read.
@BarbaratheBibliophage, @Cinfhen, @4thHouseontheLeft

Cinfhen I agree, such a powerful book!!! This is your #OfficialThirdQuarterEntry #Booked2020 🥳🍾💗 2y
Singout Yay!
2y
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ReturnToReading
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We had as yet taken no root. The war swept us away. For the others, the older men, it is but an interruption. They are able to think beyond it. We, however, have been gripped by it and do not know what the end may be. We know only that in some strange and melancholy way we have become a waste land. All the same, we are not often sad.

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451Degrees
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When you ask #jinxcat what his favorite book is... 💁🏻‍♀️😻 #hesactuallymycat #mybook #notouchy

Librariana I love the confident decision-making! 😊 3y
julesG Good choice! 3y
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julesG
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CocaNicola
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Re-read with my sophomores. “This story is neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped its shells, were destroyed by the war...”

melissajayne One of my favourite war books 3y
CocaNicola It is so powerful. It stays with you... 3y
That-Bookish-Hiker Love this book. ❤️ 3y
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63magnschm
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The book showed the Germans perspective of the 1st world war, this is very nice as it is good to see the loser of the wars perspective.The book also shows the horrors and boredom of war and the deceiving thing that is propaganda.I personally like this book because i love ww1 and the book is very descriptive of the war and of Paul Bäumer's experiences. I read the book in German so i may have had a different experience than with the English version.

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ThePinkMoose
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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is a classic book about World War I that my husband found on a top list of war books. This short book touches a lot of themes of most war books, but the biggest is that even though you‘re on opposite sides of the same war, we‘re all still humans, and not enemies outside of the war itself.

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CRR
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Some people may have read this in school but I never did. I read it now after a friend recommended it. I enjoyed it and it was a pretty quick book to read. Hard to imagine the hardships of trench war that are described.

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writerlibrarian
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Powerful, sad, at times lyrical. The life and death of young men on the German front shows us the dissociation needed to live, survive, die. I didn‘t find it glorified war, more rationalized how the men who survive day after day in cruel, insane conditions become a pack, surviving on instinct; how young men who have known nothing else find themselves adrift afterwards.
#booked2019 #summer #booktomovie #fall #soldierstory

BarbaraTheBibliophage Unique pick for this one. 👊🏻 I read this ages ago, but I‘ll bet it‘d mean more to me now. 3y
Cinfhen Great choice 💜I loved this book and yes @BarbaraTheBibliophage reading as an “adult” is much different than reading this for a school assignment 3y
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writerlibrarian
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Blue Jackets tonight. 71 is playing. This book is a more impactful than I expected. #readingandlisteningtohockey

writerlibrarian 🐧 🚨 on PP 8 seconds in. 1-0 🐧. 1 all. JakenBake 🚨 71 got an🍏 (edited) 3y
Karkar I wish I could have watched this one! I am in a blackout for it 😱 3y
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writerlibrarian
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Back to back preseason's games against the Sens. Tonight in Ottawa. #readingandwatchinghockey

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writerlibrarian
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This is my #booked2019summer last book. It will fill the #movie book but also fall's #soldierstory book.
Leafs are playing the Sens in Newfoundland now. #readingandwatchinghockey

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Karkar So glad hockey is back!!! I am watching this one too! 3y
writerlibrarian @Karkar all is right because hockey is back 😀😎 (edited) 3y
writerlibrarian Marner to Kappy 🚨 3y
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TheSpineView
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Eggs ❤️👏🏻🤗📚👏🏻❤️ 3y
AmyRebecca Wonderful story 3y
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kathedron
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"How pointless all human thoughts, words and deeds must be, if things like this are possible! Everything must have been fraudulent and pointless if thousands of years of civilisation weren't even able to prevent this river of blood..."

I saw a film of this book when I was in my late teens (the same age as these soldiers). For several days afterwards I didn't want to look at people. The book is a tough read, just as it bloody well ought to be!

Bookwomble It gets better with each re-read. This Remembrance Day, I may read the sequel as I've had it tbr for a few years now. 3y
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BookFreakOut
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Efficiency! 😂 #LitsyHumor

Shaunesay But it's so good! 3y
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Dominyka
All Quiet on the Western Front | Erich Maria Remarque
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Shocking and very grasping book. Shows you another side of war. Touches deeply.

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Shaines07
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Epic book about war. Everyone should should read it. Very thought provoking and left me thinking long after finishing the book.

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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A sad, poetic tale from the German perspective on #WWI.
Well written account from a man who endured such tragedies personally. A sobering reminder of the horrors that #war thoughtlessly passes out.
The emotion is raw and palpable.
Added to my Finished stack.
#GreenvilleSC

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Reading on my lunch break.

"Here, on the borders of death, life follows an amazingly simple course, it is limited to what is most necessary, all else lies buried in gloomy sleep."

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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"I want that quite rapture again. I want to feel the same powerful, nameless urge that I used to feel when I turned to my books. The breath of desire that then arose from the coloured backs of the books, shall fill me again."

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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That moment when you read until #midnight so you can hit the 1/2 way mark. #fiction #war #WWI #LateNight #GreenvilleSC

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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"I merely crawl still farther under the coffin, it shall protect me, though Death himself lies in it."