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During the course of reading the book All Quiet on the Western Front I became somewhat confused The author seems to go back and forth between trying to show the full implications of our first world war and delving into the deeper reaches of human nature However by the end of the story I realized what a masterful author Erich Maria Remarque is in that he is able to seamlessly weave together these two daunting topics The story centers around a young soldier named Paul in some unnamed regiment in the German army They fight the Allied forces of the United States of America and Europe plus their friends The story is about how Paul and the other soldiers with him who are also his closest friends deal with the many aspects of the war They do this in the only way that they know how and they are not always successful Remarque deals with the characters fears and thoughts by mixing them together into the story You form a kind of bond with the various characters throughout the book Although the author does not offer great detail on any one character you still find yourself caring and hoping for each of them as they fight love hate and in many cases die This is mainly through each of the characters personalities which are so well developed that you find yourself wondering if these were real people at some time or another and you might travel to Germany to meet them The plot is not linear and in most cases I would say that this is a negative thing However in the book the author actually uses it to enhance the storyline by not dwelling on any one scene for too long Many chapters end and you find yourself wondering if there was supposed to be more By the end you realize that it actually enhances the plot greatly One moment the
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