Saturday, July 23, 2016

All Quiet On The Western Front (6WS)


Just finished this, it should be required reading for anyone who still believes that war is a glamorous event and will make a man outta that kid of yours.  Erich Maria Remarque writes powerfully,  sadly, and with a great deal of understanding and first-hand knowledge of what war really is--I think we all had our eyes opened during VietNam  which was the first time we actually saw soldiers in battle, not just in a canteen cleaned up for the newsreels,  leering at USO entertainers--

Someone (and possibly more than one Someone) once said, if you sent the Generals and the politicians into battle and let the kids stay home, there'd never be another war.

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  1. I read Remarque's book in high school. I've never forgotten it. Summary? War is hell!

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  2. It truly is. And it's the kind of book that you can't put down, and never forget.

    Im afraid our school reading habits were much gentler than yours, sadly. My English once teacher told me, with shock, that "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" was no book for a young lady. I was 16. I told her my mother gave me a copy when I was about 11. I thought the poor woman was going to faint.

    Kids really need to be exposed to all the books, not just those on the approved list.

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  3. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks stays with me in the same sort of way. We don't seem to need a war right now to blast each other to kingdom come :(

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  4. We dont need a war anyway. Period.

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  5. The movie "Platoon" had that kind of effect on me.

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  6. I think we all have movies or books or even poems that poke holes in us, one way or the other.
    I'm not a movie goer, for various reasons, so for me it's books or even music. But yeah, I know exactly what you mean.

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  7. I loves me some ee Cummings: I Sing Of Olaf Glad & Big

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    1. Yes I see what you mean

      This would never have made it past Mrs. Emerson's senior English, sadly.

      http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/i-sing-of-olaf-glad-and-big/

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  8. War is never glamorous. In the United States at least, people tend to romanticize World War II. There has been a lot of information since which reveals cataclysmic screw-ups that got a lot of people killed.
    In the seventies, I used to read these war comics by a fellow who was a WWII veteran. He always ended his stories with War No More.
    If only we would listen to that wisdom.

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  9. I think every war is awash in screwups by generals who rarely see the battlefield, who let their egos run the war and not their brains; but war has been touted as glamorous and 'for brave men' for so long, simply because if those brave men had not been pushed by society there would have been no one left to fight.

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  10. As a child in Europe during WW2, familiar with bombing, cold, and near starvation, I never had any illusions about war. So I'm glad when people remind us all what a horrible mess it all is.

    My father was terribly wounded in the Battle of the Somme (many centennial events about it, I'm afraid they seem to glorify war) and I read Birdsong years ago, as a tribute to him more than anything.

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  11. Preach it Sister. It would be a horrible day to get the call that your child had been killed

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  12. YES- let's send all those politicians in WDC to fight- leave the precious young men here. They are far more valuable.

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  13. I like your style, Kathe. =)

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