The Road Back Summary
The Road Back extends the "rites of passage" theme of All Quiet on the Western Front; this becomes evident as the novel opens with a "Prologue" that begins with "What is still left of Number 2 Platoon." Once Armistice is declared, the survivors recall their dead comrades who include Baumer, Kat, Haie, Brandt, and Muller. In addition, the narrator is nineteen-year-old Ernst Birkholz who is similar to Baumer in thought and temperament and who relates his and his friends' feelings and experiences after the Armistice as they return home from the hell of war.
Moreover, whereas Baumer explains the effects of war on him and his comrades, Birkholz explains the aftereffects of war on him and his friends. Birkholz for example, feels isolated from his immediate family — his mother, as did Baumer's, fails to understand that war has changed her boy into a man. At home Birkholz is...
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Erich Maria Remarque Biographies (4)
506 words, approx. 2 pages
The German author Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970) was a popular novelist whose "All Quiet on the Western Front" was the most successful German best seller on the subject of the soldier's life in Worl...
4,144 words, approx. 14 pages
In the first chapter of the classic World War I novel All Quiet on the Western Front, four German soldiers at the front are disconsolate after having visited one of their friends, who is dying in a fi...
11,668 words, approx. 39 pages
It is sometimes claimed that next to the Bible, Erich Maria Remarque's Im Westen nichts Neues (1929; translated as All Quiet on the Western Front, 1929; has sold more copies than any other book in his...
12,054 words, approx. 41 pages
Biography EssayIt is sometimes claimed that next to the Bible, Erich Maria Remarque's Im Westen nichts Neues (1929; translated as All Quiet on the Western Front, 1929) has sold more copies than any...