All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
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Chapter 1

Paul Bäumer, the narrator, and his fellow German soldiers of the Second Company recuperate behind the front in World War I after having fought for...

Chapter 2

Paul thinks about his unfinished play and poems at home. Sometimes he works on it, as do other soldiers on their own writing, but he no longer comp...

Chapter 3

Twenty-five younger men arrive as reinforcements. Paul and his friends feel like mature veterans. Kat shows one of the recruits, along with Paul an...

Chapter 4

The soldiers are sent in trucks to put up barbed wire at the front. Paul hears geese cackle, and Kat makes a note of it for later. They arrive at t...

Chapter 5

The men delouse themselves, but they are preoccupied with the arrival of Himmelstoss, who was removed from his training post for his barbaric tacti...

Chapter 6

Rumors of an offensive call the soldiers to the front early. They see over a hundred new coffins roadside on their way over. The men joke, but unde...

Chapter 7

Second Company is taken to a field depot for reinforcements, and the men are given some time off. Himmelstoss wants to make amends with the boys, a...

Chapter 8

Paul has previously been to the camp on the moors for training, but he hardly knows anyone there now. He settles into a routine: he plays piano at ...

Chapter 9

Paul returns to his company and gives his potato-cakes and jam to Tjaden, Müller, Kat, and Kropp. The men go through rigorous inspections and rece...

Chapter 10

Paul and his friends have been assigned to guard an abandoned village and watch over a supply dump. They make the most of the village’s possessio...

Chapter 11

It is no longer winter but now spring, though Paul and the soldiers, worn down, have stopped counting the weeks. The men have lost their original d...

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