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All Quiet on the Western Front
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Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front, published by Ballantine Books, 1956, 295 pages.
Author
Erich Maria Remarque was born on July 22,1897 and died on September 25, 1970 at the age of 72. His hometown is located in Osnabrück, Germany. His real name is Erich Paul Remark. Erich is the brother of two sisters and the son of Peter Franz Remark and Anna Maria Remark. His family never really stayed in one place, they moved at least 11 times. His original goal was to be a elementary teacher, and began his schooling at the University of Münster. He was drafted into the army in Germany at the age of 18 and was wounded multiple times. After returning from the war he became a race-car driver while working on his famous piece, All Quiet on the Western Front. His first real job he worked at was at a tire manufacturer. He was move to the 2nd company on Western Front on June 12, 1917. He then left Germany in the 1932, after he left the Nazis banned his books through all of Germany. After World War II he moved to Porto Ronco, Switzerland where he then married a famous actor Paulette Goddard. He then left Switzerland and arrived in the U.S. In 1939. Enrich later moved back to Switzerland in 1948, where he spent the rest of his life in peace for 22 years.
Setting
The time period of the book was during World War I from the 1914-1918. The scene of the book happens in the middle of the war. All the trees have been removed by the air raids and mortars leaving the trees standing blackened. Dead bodies lay everywhere along with the rats that devour them.
Characters
Paul Baumer- Paul is a very friendly person towards everyone except Himmeltoss. He cares for everyone, even to a recruit that is frighten so much that he huddles Paul. Paul whispers to the young recruit and comforts him during the bombardment. After the bombardment |Paul notices that the recruit has excremented and tells the recruit to ditch his underwear. Paul expresses his care when one of his friend is in the hospital, and he goes to see Kemmerick everyday that he can and makes sure that he is comfortable. His kindness is also expressed by when his other friends are put in jail and him and Kat go and kills a goose and they bring it to their friends. Paul kindness his one of his strengths that he has because he not afraid to show people that he does care about them. He is always helping people and is willing to do anything for that person, besides what may happen. Although, throughout the war Paul discovers that he can't always be heed to his feelings, because if he does then he just might die himself. When nothing is really going on he is a more relaxed and playful person. HE likes to swim with is friends and play cards with them to pass time. He cherishes his moments when he just gets to have fun with his friends and will do anything so save them.
Stanislaus Katczinsky- Stanislaus is known by his friends as Kat. Kat is a resourceful person who minds for his friends by finding them provisions and shelter. Paul says that if there was food to be found that Kat was the one to find it. He also said the Kat always seemed to know exactly where to go to find food.

Work Cited http://www.notablebiographies.com/Pu-Ro/Remarque-Erich-Maria.html Erich Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front, copy righted in 1928.
http://www.biography.com/people/erich-maria-remarque-9455107

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