Posted: Jan 21, 2023 5:40 pm
by Evolving
1. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.
2. Im Westen Nichts Neues, Erich Maria Remarque

This is the novel whose English translation is called All Quiet on the Western Front.

It's sheer coincidence that a new film based on this book has just come out and is apparently expected to do well at the Baftas.

This is not a book in which characters develop with their interactions with each other. It's a story in which one character after another dies; while this is going on, we learn what the hell that they are experiencing is doing to them as human beings; and at the end, the narrator is the only one of his friends left.

It's very well done and is an easy read for that reason, but it's a tough read at the same time, for its subject.