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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Publications (1 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931541744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931541749
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Erich Maria Remarque, ne Erich Paul Remark, ne le 22 juin 1898 a Osnabruck, mort le 25 septembre 1970 a Locarno, Suisse, est un ecrivain allemand. Son livre "A l'Ouest, rien de nouveau" (Im Westen nichts Neues), roman pacifiste sur la Premiere Guerre mondiale, connut, des sa parution en 1929, un succes mondial retentissant et reste un ouvrage-phare sur le premier conflit mondial. Ce livre fut brule lors des autodafes nazis des 1933. Remarque s'exila en Suisse, puis aux Etats-Unis et y obtint sa naturalisation en 1947. Un mythe, en partie propage par les nazis, pretend qu'il s'appelait - Erich Maria Kramer - et que - Remarque - ne serait que la forme francisee de ce nom inverse.


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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!
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i have recently read All Quiet On The Western Front, Remarque's first novel. to follow it up, i have read The Road Back. to anyone who's read the first, the only way to give closure to the tough, touching story of Paul Baumer is to read the sequal- The Road Back. In it, a young soldier named Ernst and the few men left of his company come back home after 4 grueling years of the unspeakable horrors of military life in World War 1 only to discover that the world may no longer be at war, but there's still a war far more horrifical raging in their own hearts. They must now fight to fit back into society, and stay true to themselves and their dead comrades. In this story of lost youth and the fight for survival, Ernst and his friends fight to regain control of their shattered lives and go on in what seems to be an almost pointless existance, finding hope in the strangest places... And as Remarque once said, this is a story of 'a generation ruined by war'.
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As with Dalton Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun", this book is beautiful and devastating. If only we had listened to Trumo's and Remarque's voices crying in the wilderness of the post-WWI years, we would have spared 60 million lives and our national soul as well. Read it and weep. Read it and work like hell to end war and war-making.
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You have to read the first novel really, for this to make sense (though not essential I suppose). This was a case of, having read the first book, I needed to know more, and this was what the book provided. A real comment on the times, the indifference these 'heroes' faced on return to post-war Germany was surprising to read. Both books gave me a true insight into the horror of war and its destructive repercussions for individuals, families and society. A great book. Highly recommended.
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A classic. If ever there was a clear picture of Germany on its knees after WW1, this is it. A wonderful book, sensitively written but direct. This author had his books publicly burned by the Nazis; he escaped their clutches. They then imprisoned his sister on some trumped-up charge and subsequently beheaded her. Not content with that, they charged the cost of her execution to another member of his family.
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This an amazing story of young men returning to a broken country after the Great War. Although it was the sequel to 'All Quiet on the Western Front' it has generally faded into obscurity. When you read it you SOON understand why the Nazis burned and banned it.
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Read 'All quiet...' and then read this. Remarque is a remarkable writer and is a joy to read. I've probably said this before, but if you want to know what the First World War was really like, read the words of a novelist rather than those of a historian, and there is no one better than Remarque for telling it as it really was.
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The Road Back is a story told by one individual soldier as WW1 ends and the defeated army return to their homes. To a world where they can't fit in and can hardly understand.
The ongoing conflicts between the returning soldiers with their horror of what they have been through and those who have not seen it produces a harrowing book that really ought to be compulsory reading - particularly for Germans!
Having recently visited the Somme just after Armistice day, the image stays with me of the biggest German cemetery where the only wreath was from the British Legion.
The translation is old and pretty clunky - but you soon don't notice as the intensity of the book eats into you.
The collapse of the currency and the re-emergence of German militarism appear toward the end of the book and our knowledge of what happened next makes your blood run cold.
Maybe if more Germans had read it they would not be so keen now to put other European Countries to the economic sword in the way they appear to be doing.
But if more people had read it then Hitler would never have got where he did!
A MUST READ!!!
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