All Quite on the Western Front Generation Gap

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Generations Separated by the Truth "I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how people are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. I see that the keenest brains of the world invent weapons and words to make it yet more refined and enduring. And all men …

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…war, which was kept a secret to the older generations, is that when you enlist young men, straight out of school and place them in battle, you force them to grow up too quickly and the results are "a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by war." Bibliography All Quiet on the Western Front, Page 263 " " Page 12 " " Page 12 " " Page 13 " " Page 161 " " Page 165 " " Page 167 " " Page 169 " " Page 201 " " Page 85 " " Page 156 " " Back Cover " " Preface