Back to back preseason's games against the Sens. Tonight in Ottawa. #readingandwatchinghockey
"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!
”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.
Epic book about war. Everyone should should read it. Very thought provoking and left me thinking long after finishing the book.
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.
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.
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. 😃
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.”
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.
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.
#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. 😊
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.
"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?”
"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."
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. 👇🏻👇🏻
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.
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
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.
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
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.