As the world commemorates the centenary of Armistice Day this month, for November's book club we will be reading All Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Maria Remarque.
In 1914, a roomful of fresh-faced and idealistic German schoolboys are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the 'glorious war'. With the fire and patriotism of youth they sign up, their hearts and minds filled with notions of excitement, honour, and glory. Yet the rhetoric of propaganda is swiftly cut down as the young boys experience the horror, disillusionment, and senseless loss of life in the trenches.
'There are some books that should be read by every generation. Remarque's story of German trench soldiers of the 1914-18 war gains even more authority in the context of the loss of life in wars that still rage.' - Chris Searle
'The book conquers without persuading, it shakes you without exaggerating, a perfect work of art and at the same time truth that cannot by doubted.' - Stefan Zweig