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BEST BOOK EVER, 16 April 2004
Basically, if you've read "All Quiet" then you must follow up with this book to fully realise the tragedy that WW1 brought to Europe. Whereas "All Quiet" focuses on the times during the war itself, "Road Back" concentrates on the aftermath and here is where things get a whole lot worse. Personally, this book is better than "All Quiet", as for me it highlighted the fuller sense of despair and hoplessness that remained, and which you would not totally understand by reading "All Quiet" alone. The book never fails to vividly describe the domestic devastation caused by the war, but the final two chapters and the epilogue are the most blisteringly intense I have ever read, and hammer Remarque's point home ferociously and faultlessly. It's essential reading if you've read "All Quiet"; it's an unfailingly vivid look on the havoc caused by WW1 in post-war society and in those who returned. Superb!