There is a whistling sound behind us. Shells pass overhead and explode in a sheet of flame a hundred meters away. When Paul Baumer and his classmates join the army, nothing has prepared them for the death and destruction that they witness. Machine guns, huge artillery shells and poison gas create a nightmare world for these young men and their older comrades. For months and years attack is followed by counter attack. Will any of Paul's friends survive long enough to return to their families and loved ones? Will there be a place for them at home, when peace finally comes? Can any of these soldiers make sense of the massive conflict in which they are involved? Real Reads are accessible texts designed to support the literacy development of primary and lower secondary age children while introducing them to the riches of our international literary heritage. Each book is a retelling of a work of great literature from one of the world's greatest cultures, fitted into a 64-page book, making classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.
About the Author
Erich Maria Remarque, ne Erich Paul Remark, ne le 22 juin 1898 a Osnabruck, mort le 25 septembre 1970 a Locarno, Suisse, est un ecrivain allemand. Son livre "A l'Ouest, rien de nouveau" (Im Westen nichts Neues), roman pacifiste sur la Premiere Guerre mondiale, connut, des sa parution en 1929, un succes mondial retentissant et reste un ouvrage-phare sur le premier conflit mondial. Ce livre fut brule lors des autodafes nazis des 1933. Remarque s'exila en Suisse, puis aux Etats-Unis et y obtint sa naturalisation en 1947. Un mythe, en partie propage par les nazis, pretend qu'il s'appelait Erich Maria Kramer et que Remarque ne serait que la forme francisee de ce nom inverse.
TONY EVANS started his career as a high school English teacher, and has a Masters Degree in Literary Research from Lancaster University. After working as a Deputy Headteacher in Bristol he became a school inspector and educational consultant, based in Leeds. He is now a full-time writer and lives with his wife in the Yorkshire Dales. Tony has a particular interest in Victorian literature and culture. His publications include a collection of detective stories set in late nineteenth century England, as well as co-authorship of a book on steam locomotives and several books in the Real Reads series of re-told classics.
SARAH WIMPERIS began painting at a very early age as a result of family influences and an inability to spell. She studied fine art at Falmouth School of Art, exhibited with the Portal Gallery, then travelled the world, including China, Russia, Israel and Norway, painting all the way. She returned to Cornwall, raised a lot of children, painted murals for a while, then became a professional illustrator. Since 2008 she has exhibited regularly at the Beside the Wave Gallery in Falmouth, which she now manages.