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Review: All Quiet on the Western Front

"Everything must have been fraudulent and pointless if thousands of years of civilization weren't even able to prevent this river of blood ..."

Occasionally the 100th anniversary tries to convince us WWI had a point, as if we wouldn't remember children who died in vain. Erich Maria Remarque, a veteran, sets things straight. The war was stupid, to the point where dying became a constructive response.

"When they turned him over, you could see that he could not have suffered long -- his face wore an expression that was so composed that it looked as if he were almost happy that it had turned out that way."

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