All Quiet on the Western Front
People who serve together in combat say they feel closer to each other than brothers. For those who haven’t been there, the real scope is truly unimaginable – leaving soldiers feeling ever more estranged from friends and family “back home”. Erich Maria Remarque’s poignant and powerful story of men on the front lines during WWI explores this tragedy, as it follows the young man Paul Baumer, who enlisted as an optimistic and naïve teenaged recruit, but two years later was battle-hardened and cynical, even despairing, as he realizes his entire generation of young men has been lost.
This remarkable graphic novel adaptation by Wayne Vansant retains all the power of the original novel and then intensifies it with the gritty illustrations that, while far from being gratuitous, give a small glimpse of some of the horror experienced by these young recruits. Although it is much shorter page-wise than the original, it still requires time to process; it is an emotionally difficult read, especially considering the senseless history behind this senseless war that led to the loss of so many. It’s not light reading. But the story is an important classic for a reason, and this adaptation is a brilliant introduction.
|Page Count||176 pages|
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