All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque
In BriefAlong with his school friends, Paul Bäumer enlists in the German army during World War I and is sent to fight on the Western Front. On the battlefields of Flanders, he finds himself repeatedly risking his life to capture or defend meaningless scraps of ground. There are diversions - pranks, songs and French women - but gradually the horrors of gas attacks, aerial bombardments and dead friends mount up.
Why you should read itOne of the most vivid fictional accounts of life in the trenches, written by a veteran of WW1, this 1929 classic has been called the greatest war novel of all time. Erich Maria Remarque described it as "neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure". Instead, he offers a bluntly honest portrayal of the lives of ordinary soldiers in a hellish world.