Reviews for All Quiet on the Western Front


Book News Reviews
This collection of critical essays is divided into three main parts--a history of the book and its author, and the Paris Review perspective, the novel in its historical and literary context and close readings of the novel through several lenses. The text includes a section discussing the novel on film, and another comparing and contrasting the work to other war novels. Also of note are several essays discussing the novel in the context of Weimar culture, the flourishing of arts in Germany between the two world wars. A chronology of Remarque's life and works and a bibliography are included. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2011 August/September
Each volume in the series contains a collection of essays by diverse contributors, with perspectives covering a range of topics from the literary work's historical background to religious, social, political, and gender implications. Essays are contained under the headings of the book and the author, critical contexts, and critical readings. In addition to in-depth criticism, the volumes provide a chronology of each author's life and a list of the author's works. Free online access is available with the purchase of each book. Some of the more scholarly contributions are targeted for older readers. The organization of essays might have been better, especially the volume on Poe's poetry, in which I would have preferred sections by each poem rather than by the essayist. These books would be a significant help to students, saving them endless hours of online research. Bibliography. Index. Sandi Jones, Library Media Specialist, Grades 8-12 Augusta (Arkansas) High School. RECOMMENDED ¬ 2011 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 June

Gr 9 Up--Covering works that are frequently studied in high school, this strong set is a useful one-stop research tool. The books are divided into three major sections: biographical information, contextual essays, and critical essays. The selection of critical works covers the gamut of readings, from early reactions to Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises to considerations of feminist and lesbian themes in Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street. And unlike Gale's "Novels for Students" and "Short Stories for Students" sets (which these might complement), Salem isn't simply presenting readers with lengthy excerpts from critical works, but with entire essays. Online access to the full text of the set is complementary with print purchase. It should be noted that while the print set will be a welcome addition to reference shelves, the kind of material repackaged here is readily available through Gale's Literature Resource Center and EBSCO's Literary Reference Center.--Herman Sutter, St. Agnes Academy, Houston, TX

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