As with all of his works, this book shows Remarque's skill in all its glory. Written as the sequal to, "All Quiet on the Western Front", in my mind builds on the skill and craftsmanship aquired in the firsts writing.
After the four horrific years of the "Great War" Ernst and his friends finally return home, but exactly what they return home to, is nothing as they remember. "The town they departed from as eager young men seems colder, their homes smaller, the reasons their comerades had to die even more inexplicable".
This book is thoroughly chilling in the most touching yet realistic ways possible, Remarque brings to life the thoughts and feelings that many in the past and still in the present hold close, yet most would not dare to wholly address. He is an unquestionably fantastic writer, who can bend language to his will. This copy is in it's original German, but is also available from the same publisher, Fawcett, in English.