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This is probably the cheeriest war memoir ever. He was frequently on the frontlines during the early years, responsible for his short stretch of the line, his poor comrades dropping all around him like flies. Plainly declarative, there is no unnecessary coloration, no prolixity, no acerk, little in the way of moral judgement.

The first World War was the charnel house of charnel tempestaded, a maw consuming men and nations whose aftershocks reverberate today not only in Errnst but even in Baghdad. The last line of the book is the text of a telegram he received in hospital: It’s all very slightly off-putting; and the tone is quite hard to judge, despite the newness of this translation from Michael Hofmann.

One shell after another came yowling down out of the sky and showered the field ahead of us in a fountain of shards and sparks on impact. Machine guns sweep fields.

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Tusquets December 27, Language: This is an account of one German soldier’s experience in World War I. The novel excels at this detail.


Junger is not a pacifist. It is not a glorification of war, though, as the details cannot but shock and horrify, but it does depict a man who gloried in his excellence at war, which I think is a distinction.

Junger stands in vivid contrast to the ranks of writers who rejected the war and everything it stood for; he found it a positive experience and did not agonize over his exp “Disturbingly self-aware.

May 08, Mathijs Aasman rated it it was amazing.

I have felt it myself only too often. Jul 07, Warwick rated it liked it Shelves: Storm of Steel is shaped as a saga. He did jungeer enter the war an eager, young idealist only to have reality turn him into a burnt-out cynic or ardent pacifist as often seems to happen in other, perhaps better-known memoirs.

In the Introduction to the book translator Michael Hofmann quotes Gide who wrote in his diary: Discussion for Storm of Steel 4 52 Nov 06, I had got together some kit appropriate to the sort of work I meant to be doing: We see minute aspects of billets, gear, and tempesrades details.

He saw the light, but too late.

View all 5 comments. I often thought back on him; and more with the tempdstades of the years. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

Tempestades de acero

And then possibly your car, which he ernsr crash while trying to hunt mountain lions without a license. Feb 16, Bryan Alexander rated it it was amazing Shelves: Because he escaped prosecution in Germany due to his father’s efforts, Junger was able to enlist on the outbreak of war. Horror and gore are present throughout, as befits the subject. I like its very flat spare prose. It really is p Beautifully written.


But he describes horrors, such as layers of corpses from previous offensives being turned up by new shelling and entire towns being obliterated, with the sort of detachment that, combined with his apparent indestructibility, makes for the ultimate soldier.

No one can help. But it is so seductive, and exquisitely wielded by those in power to control and trick us into blindly following and serving their narrow interests no matter the ultimate costs.

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Well, that’s a bit flip. Set up a giveaway. After reading, the single lingering impression beyond “war is hell” is luck.

Ultimately, survival comes down to sheer luck. The book gives a sense of what the war was like, full of monotony, terror, comradeship and blood and guts. Jan 06, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: I suspect that one becomes inured to death if one faces it every day.

Nationalism in my eyes is the bane of the human species, we will accomplish so much more and improve human welfare by leaps and bounds if we can ever transcend this pernicious ideology. In the final months of the war, Tempesatdes company about 80 men is ordered to advance againt the British lines.