Reading All Quiet On the Western Front
There is a hilarious description of the origin of phrase ‘laterine-rumor’. Inspite that it may make you laugh, it makes you reflect on the plight of the young teenage soldiers devoid of any care, love and concern. They have lost any considerations and think only rationally. They think the use and not the sentiments behind it.The young genenaration is no more young. They are old folks – with weak parental support, no girls, no family, no school, no fun. Nothing remains but the ghastly war and its awaited consequences.
The description of drills at the barracks is quite vivid. Really classy. It talks about the drill master, a ex-postman who is disliked. Funny and exasperating is the concept of ‘self-learning.’ The young soldiers go to the front only after taking vengeance from the drill master by dumping him in the mud.
I will write tommorow more as I read further tonight. But I can’t wait for a long reading session on this coming weakend. It will also mean a trip to Crossword accross the road! Ah! The Weekends!
I better not carry any money with me at the crossword…else…a chidding at home awaits me!
Dated: 9/07/2006 on Critical Views