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A very brutal look at the horrors of war through the eyes of a soldier on the front lines in WWI. Utter despair crushes the remnants of hope as Baumer sees his fellow soldiers cut down on the primer of live. One moment he sees one of them go down and he reflects on all the wasted years of becoming so strong in his math skills just to parish this way. He also grapples with wounding a enemy soldier and watching him slowly die since he can't do anything to help the poor guy and reflects the whole time on how indifferent they are from one another. A very powerful read that has earned its honored place as one of the most loved classics on war of all time.
Dante has nothing over on Joyce on painting a tormented existence in hell. A bit dry at times but still an interesting read.
The story of the decent from vitality to denial to acceptance to embracing the finality of death. A short read but very moving look at one man's fight against the mortal coil. Another great book by Tolstoy.