All Quiet on the Western front
By Erich Maria Remarque
Erich Maria Remarque was born on June 22, 1898 in OsnabrÃÂ¼ck, Lower Saxony (Germany). His father was a bookbinder, and his family was of the Middle Class. He studied at the University of Munster, but was recruited into the German army at the age of 18. He fought on the Western front and was wounded 5 times, the last being severe. After the war he became a teacher, and sometimes worked as a sportswriter and racing-car driver. In 1928 his first book, Im Western Nichts Neues (All Quiet on the Western Front), was first released, and it quickly made Remarque famous at age thirty-three. A film based on the book, with the same name, because an instant success in 1930. In 1931, the sequel, titled The Road Back, was released. While it did not do as well, it was still fairly successful.
Remarque moved to Switzerland in 1932. His books were banned by the Nazi's in 1933 and he lost his German Citizenship in 1938. Remarque moved to the United States where he lived throughout World War II, after which is moved to Switzerland where he lived wit his second wife until his death.
Analysis of Major Character:
Paul Baumer: In All Quiet on the Western front we are told the story through Paul's, the narrator and protagonist, eyes. We see the war not as the government or civilians see it, but from the point of view of a soldier, this gives us a lot of insight into Paul's mind. Paul was, at one point, just like any other teenager, spending time with his friends, doing schoolwork, but the novel starts after Paul and his friends has been convinced to volunteer and fight in World War 1. Remarque...