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The last chapters really seem rushed to me, even now. Tom Send a noteboard - 26/04/2011 06:43:23 PM
The war has a steady, grinding, never-ending rhythm to it and then all of a sudden events are moving fast. The food is getting worse, there are more old men and young kids who get killed right away, the war is being lost, all his friends die one by one in a fast succession of vignettes and then we get the laconic announcement that the first-person narrator fell in October 1918 (one month before the Armistice, of course). In re-reading the book it seemed very rushed to me, like Remarque needed to finish the book and quickly.
Political correctness is the pettiest form of casuistry.

ἡ δὲ κἀκ τριῶν τρυπημάτων ἐργαζομένη ἐνεκάλει τῇ φύσει, δυσφορουμένη, ὅτι δὴ μὴ καὶ τοὺς τιτθοὺς αὐτῇ εὐρύτερον ἢ νῦν εἰσι τρυπώη, ὅπως καὶ ἄλλην ἐνταῦθα μίξιν ἐπιτεχνᾶσθαι δυνατὴ εἴη. – Procopius

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