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All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front | Erich Maria Remarque
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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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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! 2d
writerlibrarian @Karkar all is right because hockey is back 😀😎 (edited) 2d
writerlibrarian Marner to Kappy 🚨 1d
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Eggs ❤️👏🏻🤗📚👏🏻❤️ 1mo
AmyRebecca Wonderful story 1mo
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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. 3mo
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BookFreakOut
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Efficiency! 😂 #LitsyHumor

Shaunesay But it's so good! 3mo
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”This book is to be 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 shells, were destroyed by the war.”

Banned because it was a very real accounting of what war truly was.

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#BannedBooks
#WeeklyChallenge
#Shelfie
#Selfie

TheReadingMermaid Very nice 👌😊 4mo
Clwojick Way to go! I love this! ♥️💪🏻📚 4mo
Melissa_J This one was required reading in one of my university history courses, and I had to read it shortly after visiting a whole bunch of WWI battlefield and Commonwealth War Graves sites in France and Belgium as part of the same course. I cry easily, but holy cow did I ever bawl over this book! (edited) 4mo
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Dominyka
All Quiet on the Western Front | Erich Maria Remarque
Pickpick

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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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."

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rmaclean4
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Pickpick

I am reading a classic a month. April was All Quiet on the Western Front. This classic anti-war novel had so much more impact on this reread. Heartbreaking. A must read. So glad I got to study it in college.

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Vivlio_Gnosi

Comradeship - the finest thing that arose out of the war.

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Vivlio_Gnosi

"The unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men."

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Time to start another #classic.
#GreenvilleSC

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julesG
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#AllTheYoungDudes who went to war...

Not knowing the song, I just went with the title.

#marchintothe70s @Lizpixie @Cinfhen

Picture from Wikipedia, shows the cover of the first edition.

LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to read this for years. 6mo
Cinfhen Such an excellent book!!! Would recommend for #soldiersstory #Booked2019 6mo
Lizpixie Such a sad part of history💔 6mo
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Leftcoastzen Wonderful book. 6mo
TimSpalding I'm surprised by the use of Fraktur for this book in 1929. 6mo
julesG @TimSpalding Fraktur was the most used typeface in German printing from the 16th century to the 1940s. 6mo
TimSpalding @julesG You're German, right? So I think you know and have seen more. FWIW, I'm a pedant and the Antiqua/Fraktur Dispute interests me. So I Google-image searching the publisher and the year ("Propyläen Verlag" 1928). I see a predominance of Latin type on covers. At the same time, the novel was first serialized in Vossische Zeitung, and a Google image search for that indicates they used Fraktur in 1928. 6mo
julesG @TimSpalding Fraktur was not as widely used in the 20th century, but, as you saw in your Google search, still in use. My guess would be, depending on the location of the publisher's headquarters either Fraktur or Antiqua was used. With Antiqua being favoured by the more "modern" publishers with connections/location in the northern parts of Germany. 6mo
julesG @TimSpalding Oh and yes, I'm German. I still had to learn to read Fraktur in school, in the 1980s (!). 6mo
TimSpalding @julesG If I were German, I'd be in favor of that. Compare Turkey. Basically no Turk can read anything written before 1928. The result is cultural amnesia.

In the US it's cursive. A lot of schools have stopped teaching it, and students can't read it. This renders everything from mom's shopping list to the Constitution a mystery.
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julesG @TimSpalding They are no longer teaching Fraktur in school. Nor any cursive handwriting. 😑 So much lost potential and lost information. That said, my kids have to read my loopy handwriting, I'm teaching them Fraktur and the old German cursive Sütterlin, which I had to learn because my grandmother used it in her recipe books and family notes. 6mo
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Pickpick

What an amazing audio presentation of this book. Loved loved loved it! #9 #2019

rmaclean4 Ohhhh...might be time for a re-read of this classic. Did you listen on Audible, Scribd, or Overdrive? 8mo
kricheal @rmaclean4 I found it on overdrive. Look for the BBC production, it sounds like an audioplay instead of an audiobook. 8mo
rmaclean4 @kricheal thanks!! I am doing the 24in48 readathon this weekend. This might be a great time to revisit this!! 8mo
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kricheal
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlylistening

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Reita325
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My heart breaks for all the kids who kill and are killed in wars they don‘t even understand. The techniques of war change, but the hearts and minds of 20 somethings are pretty much the same regardless of time and place. We do not learn from our mistakes and as this book makes so very clear, it‘s sickening.

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Reita325
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My heart aches for all the kids killing and being killed in wars that they don‘t even understand. The techniques of killing change, but the hearts and minds of 20 somethings or younger aren‘t much different regardless of the time and place. We don‘t learn from our past mistakes and as this book makes clear, it‘s all rather sickening.

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Aaronlisa
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Pickpick

It took me the best part of November to read this one. The ending broke my heart. It does a good job at showing the senseless nature of war.

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I haven‘t had this good of a reading month for a long time! I made a lot of progress on finishing my 2018 reading challenges and I think I‘m going to be able to finish them all in December. Yay!

Total books: 23
- 9 books and ebooks (2032 pages)
- 14 audio books (153 hours)

I had EIGHT 5-star reads, and most of them were #1001books. Above are my top 6 books of the month. Tagged book was the best, if I must choose. 😃

LauraBeth That‘s a great month! 🙌 10mo
inthegreensandblues The six you've shown are either books that I've also loved or want to read. What are the other two that were 5 stars? 10mo
sprainedbrain @inthegreensandblues Xingu by Edith Wharton and Dead Wake by Erik Larson. 😃 10mo
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sprainedbrain @LauraBeth it really was!! 10mo
vivastory You had a fantastic month!! 10mo
TK421 I loved Good Omens! 10mo
Daisey Wow! That is quite a month! 🙌 10mo
inthegreensandblues @sprainedbrain Cool, I have Dead Wake too. #tbr 😁 10mo
BarbaraBB Unbelievable! 23 books and 8 5-stars, wow! I hated Good Omens but loved your other ones too. You‘re speeding through the #1001books! 💜 10mo
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB I wish! I‘ve only read 146 of them so far. 😬 10mo
sprainedbrain @LauraBeth @vivastory @Daisey Thanks! I love it when I read a lot, and actually like most of what I read. 😂 10mo
sprainedbrain @TK421 it was so funny! 10mo
britt_brooke Eight 5-star reads is amazing!! I loved Catch-22 when I finally read it last year. I recently picked up All is Quiet on the Western Front. Need to move it up in the TBR! 10mo
Suet624 Wow! Impressive! 10mo
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sprainedbrain
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I don‘t think I can add anything to the many glowing reviews that have been written about this book. A story of young German soldiers in WWI that is starkly written and profoundly sad. It‘s graphic and terrifying, and it really brings home the pointlessness of war.

“It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men.”

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Megabooks Great review! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 10mo
jessinikkip Excellent review of an excellent book. One of my history classes in college had us read this and I enjoyed it then. I should read it again. 10mo
julesG I read it the first time when I was 15. Now I'm looking forward to reading it with my son, when he is 15, which is not the far off. 10mo
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Melissa_J I read this one shortly after visiting a number of WWI battlefields and cemeteries in France and Belgium. I bawled so much at the end. 10mo
Blaire We read this in 8th grade. It was eye-opening for my 12 years old self. We had a great teacher and book choices that year. 10mo
sprainedbrain @jessinikkip @julesG @Blaire I wish I had read it sooner, but somehow it wasn‘t required reading in school or college for me. 10mo
sprainedbrain @Melissa_J I‘m sure that made it even more powerful. 😢 10mo
readordierachel Such a great book! I'm due for a reread. 10mo
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AnansiGirl
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Thank you Veterans for your service. #veteransday

bookcollecter Gloriously written ! 10mo
AnansiGirl @bookcollecter yes it is! 10mo
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Ok everyone, breathe...yes this is what high school English teachers are making our students do with their precious books: mark them up!! Seriously, my daughter got a 98 for her annotations.

Amiable Ugh, I can't even...😳😬 11mo
CouronneDhiver Love this! It‘s not for all books, but an annotated copy is usually very well loved and remembered. 11mo
GingerAntics That's a good skill to have, honestly. They'll have to do it in college and depending on their major they will annotate texts the rest of their lives. I love my books, but the books I've marked the most are generally the ones I love the most, honestly. Making them mark that rain is nature is a bit much, though. Really? If they don't know rain is nature by high school they're doomed. (edited) 11mo
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pilardib I don't have the courage to write on my books so I just leave post it notes 😅😂 11mo
BethM I went to college all the way through my masters and never once had to annotate a book. Seems odd. 11mo
Chrissyreadit I never had to do this in high school, college or grad school. I don‘t see it as bad unless the student throws away the book because it‘s written in. 11mo
Tamra I treat books for study like a tool, annotate away! 11mo
TheAliceEvers Ahh this brings back memories! 😍 I love my annotated books! They‘re so nice to look back on! ❤️ 11mo
xicanti I love books like this! Many years ago I ended up with an English prof's old teaching copies of several books, and I had as good a time with her annotations as with the stories themselves. 11mo
arielmonsen @GingerAntics Hello, I‘m the person who annotated this. It is marked nature because that is a recurring theme in the novel. Rain typically represents a melancholy atmosphere, like in movies or shows were its raining at a funeral. It is not marked nature just because! 11mo
GingerAntics @phantom-fanatic I'm going to be honest. I hated this book in high school and remember zero about it. If that's a recurring theme, now I know something about it. I do remember something about snow at a point you may or may not have reached yet (so that's all I'll say), so it seems totally legit. 11mo
GingerAntics @phantom-fanatic wait wait wait, are you the famous daughter who did the awesome video on Greek theatre? That was great and I only saw screen shots. Just saying. If you didn't get a 100 on that, you were gyped. 11mo
Texreader @GingerAntics @phantom-fanatic So fun reading your comments to one another between two of my fave Littens! 11mo
Texreader @phantom-fanatic Save some annotating for me! 11mo
Texreader @GingerAntics She did get a 100! 🤗 11mo
GingerAntics @Texreader if you annotate it, isn't that's cheating? lol YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY FOR THE 100!!! Did she celebrate with another glass of grape juice? lol I loved that part!!! 11mo
Texreader @GingerAntics Shhhhh! 🤫 I may have “helped” a little 11mo
GingerAntics @Texreader I know nothing. 😇 11mo
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Richryan52
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There is no denying the power of this book as it depicts the toll that war exacts in a young mans and his friends. There are beautifully lyrical passages juxtaposed with descriptions of utter savagery. I think I may search out other translations as well because there were a few stilted passages in the version I read. Hailed as one of the best war novels of all time, this is not an easy book, but it is still one that belongs on everyone‘s TBR list.

bookcollecter Truly must read 11mo
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#Booksale #BookHaul Part Two.. all totalled 107 books today.. this only solidifies it, I‘m a
book-a-holic 🤯 My bookshelves are groaning.
I‘ve always wanted to read the tagged book so it was a lucky find. 😊

@SquidgetsRoom

SquidgetsRoom 🤯😵That‘s an amazing number of books!! Which ones are for u though lol 😂🧐. 11mo
Beckys_Books How did you carry them out of the store? 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl The ones pictured ⬆️ for sure but still trying to weed through a few others.. decisions, decisions! 🤯😂 @SquidgetsRoom 11mo
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SquidgetsRoom 💖😂You‘ll figure it all out soon enough lol!! Thanks again! I had a great time!! 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl One of the volunteers, volunteered to help carry some out as I had three large shopping bags and a box 📦! Can‘t say enough about how helpful and wonderful all the people who organize this yearly #booksale, to help promote #literacy, are! ❤️❤️. @Beckys_Books 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl Me too... counting on you to go again next year! 😊. @SquidgetsRoom 11mo
SquidgetsRoom 💖📚Absolutely! Im in! 11mo
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„Sind am Horizont nicht Blumen und Teiche und eine Landschaft, die so still ist, daß er weinen möchte, der Soldat?“
#litsyclassics #erichmariaremarque #native #history #holidayreads

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 12mo
tammysue Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻💜 12mo
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Hollyreadsalot Welcome!! ❤️ 12mo
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Dallyboy

I was pretty sure I didn‘t want to go to war. Now I‘m certain.

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wlivengood
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I truly appreciate the young men that have gone to war. A saddening truth. I wish everyone were nonviolent. It‘s too bad that will never be the case.

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Here's a picture of Hitler, a few miles behind the Western Front in 1915. Perhaps his dislike of Remarque's portrayal of life on the front lines was partly due to being known as "a rear-area pig" by the other members of his regiment. He wasn't the first or last politician to be "creative" with his war record.

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"Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony—Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?”

Weaponxgirl This is exactly the kind of thing that will get your book banned and burned by the nazi. Love it ❤️ 1y
Bookwomble @Weaponxgirl That sounds like a book tag if ever I heard one! #burnedbythenazis 1y
Weaponxgirl 😂 I will happily read anything in this category! 1y
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"This book is to be 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 shells, were destroyed by the war."

Trashcanman I really loved this book. 1y
Bookwomble @Trashcanman It's one of my favourites 📖❤ 1y
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Bookwomble
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Pickpick

A funny, horrific, touching, maddening, poignant book which everybody should read. The story of a group of school friends who enlist in the army to fight WWI in the trenches of France; a group which is relentlessly decimated and diminished.

There is no overt political message, no rights and wrongs of the conflict. This is the experience of the front-line soldier, and could have been told from either side. 👇🏻👇🏻

Bookwomble It hardly matters that the soldiers we follow are German. They could have easily been Allied and their hopes and fears, camaraderie and isolation, lives and deaths would be equally affecting. Each time I read All Quiet on the Western Front I'm surprised that I've forgotten how good it is. Each time I want it to end differently, but inevitably the machinery of war does its dehumanizing work, which powerfully strikes me as being the book's message. 1y
TrishB Great review 😔 1y
Bookwomble @TrishB Thanks ? It's a great book. I've got the sequel to read "The Road Back", which I'll maybe get to later in the year. 1y
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Weaponxgirl I agree a great review of a great book. I heard somewhere that this was a book hitler banned and I always found that really poignant. 1y
Bookwomble @Weaponxgirl Banned and burned by Hitler's Nazi party as a "degenerate book", which is as good a recommendation for reading it as you could want to have. Remarque's depiction of the pointlessness of war really didn't fit with Hitler's plan to plunge Europe, and ultimately the globe, into yet another industrialised war. 1y
Weaponxgirl @Bookwomble yes and yes! Especially coming from another German. You reminded me how much I loved this book 1y
Bookwomble @Weaponxgirl I love the flashes of innocence shown by Baumer and his comrades amongst the brutality, a reminder that they were schoolboys before they joined up and were sent into the meat-grinder of failed economic policy and political ambition. 1y
Weaponxgirl @Bookwomble yes, and whilst it's been a while since I've read it I remember that whilst it showed the dehumanising state of war it didn't just show only one side as being heroes and the other being mindless animals. It showed people. 1y
Bookwomble @Weaponxgirl That was a big part of Remarque's message, and hence made it unacceptable to a regime that really needed an "inhuman other" to justify its existence and methods. Tried and true methods that we see politicians using today ? 1y
Weaponxgirl @Bookwomble it's far too common now I agree, It scares me if I'm honest how the nationalistic parties in Europe are gaining ground and how many countries are just treating refugees like pawns at the moment. These sort of books are so important in times like this. 1y
Bookwomble @Weaponxgirl Word! To inaccurately quote Indiana Jones, some of these politicians would do better to read the books they burn. Have you been watching Frankie Boyle's show on BBC2? He had a good bit about this issue last week. 1y
Weaponxgirl @Bookwomble I haven't but I saw it advertised on iplayer so I shall try to remember to give it a watch when I'm next looking for something on there. 1y
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A word of command had made these silent figures our enemies; a word of command might transform them into our friends.

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At first astonished, then embittered, and finally indifferent, we recognized that what matters is not the mind but the boot brush, not intelligence but the system, not freedom but drill. We became soldiers with eagerness and enthusiasm, but they have done everything to knock that out of you.

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Such a beautiful, heartbreaking book. Is a warning to all of us to be wary of others defining our "enemies" for us. #quotsyjune18 #vision @TK-421

Dulcinella I just read it and was utterly impressed by it! Beautiful and haunting... 1y
Melissa_J This book was a real tear jerker for me. I read it for a history course in university shortly after visiting a multitude of Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries in France and Belgium. Even visited some German cemeteries. So heartbreaking. 1y
Moray_Reads @Dulcinella if you haven't read it already I also recommend the Middle Parts of Fortune by Frederic Manning. I remember it being a little less lyrical than Remarque but just as powerful 1y
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Moray_Reads @Melissa_J It's a remarkable book, for the quality of the writing and the voice from the "other side". I've never visited the battlefield but I'd like to (if like is the right word) 1y
Dulcinella I‘ve visited a lot of the battlefields and trenches, living close to them. Very sad places indeed @Melissa_J :-( Thank you for the tip @Moray_Reads 1y
PickwickPlockPlock Remarque has also written another impressive book, The Road Back, about German soldiers who return from the war and have trouble to find their way back to normality. 1y
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I didn‘t realize that this was a #romanaclef until I looked it up. We found this set in a box in the alley behind the apartment in the 80‘s and I still haven‘t read it. I guess I ought to remedy that. #oldcoolbooks @Linsy

GingerAntics Was not a fan of that book when I had to read it in High School. 1y
Lcsmcat @GingerAntics What about it bothered you? And did you read it in German or in translation? 1y
Linsy Ooh, cool! 1y
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Finally back to normal 😃 Getting ready to answer mail and send out things..

BookishMe Hiya... Good to see your post after a long while! 1y
Dulcinella @BookishMe thank you! Have seen too much of my bed the past months, so happy to be able to socialize again😃 1y
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Lcsmcat
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Two classics with the #setting in the title. #litsyclassics #maylovesclassics @Sarah83

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julesG I remember reading this book in school. It was a revelation. 1y
Henrik_Madsen I read it last year - a both brilliant and horrible book about industrial war. 1y
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Cathy12
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I just finished All Quiet on the Western Front, so I am starting a romance next and I make no apology. Feeling overwhelmed by humanity's collective stupidity but also our individual moments of grace.

DebinHawaii Welcome back to Litsy!! 😆🎉📚👍Hope you enjoy it here! 1y
SqueakyChu I remember what a spectacular book this was...in a deeply sad way. When books about war are told in a voice devoid of politics, one can clearly see the stupidity of mankind. 1y
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Pickpick

Such a powerful novel. Can‘t recommend this highly enough.

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MJSanty
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One of the best books that I read last year, and one of my favorite books, is also an amazing stand alone book. This is a novel that is somehow timeless and universal to soldiers and wars everywhere even though it only presents to view if WWI German soldiers. This is a book that absolutely deserves to be a classic no matter what age or circumstances you live in.
#marchinbooks18 #favoritestandalonebooks #classic

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Incredibly depressing, emotionally horrifying. A look into the emotions of a 20-year-old German army boy through WWI. If anyone needed an account for why war is the worst idea, this is it. This was actually recommended to me by my 9th grade honors English teacher, Mrs. Rast. Finally got around to it.

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A hospital alone shows what war is.

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😔

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sdbruening
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Every full-grown emperor requires at least one war, otherwise he wouldn‘t become famous. You look in your school books.