All Quiet on the Western Front

A Literary Analysis

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“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” 

~ Helen Keller

Some books are read for pleasure. Others are read for an assignment, but the rare few are read because they must be read. These are the world’s real books, and All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, is the epitome of a real book. It is not meant for all readers, only the ones who can bear it, because they need it. A reader does not turn to All Quiet on the Western Front to simply read. They invest their time in the words of Erich Maria Remarque in order to learn, and they must be prepared for the challenges it will bring. In All Quiet on the Western Front, readers uncover the shocking truths of war, and life—an older generation’s hypocrisy, and the animalistic instincts in all of us are exposed. 

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All Quiet on the Western Front

The power of taking your time

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A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else.
~George Savile

Life is a game of patience. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque has encouraged me to become a more engaged, thoughtful, and patient reader. Reading the first six chapters of All Quiet on the Western Front tests the patience of the reader; I found that it is impossible to fly through the reading assignments for this book, and that I must be calm, patient, and thorough in order to unlock the full experience. The interesting vocabulary and use of words makes the messages and themes more subtle, leading to a book that requires readers to invest in it. If the reader truly digs deep into the novel, they will find the process to be worthwhile in the end.

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A Beautiful World

The Power of Diversity

~Timmy Smith  

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A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.

~Islamic Proverb

When I first moved to Concord in 2009, I was amazed by all the sights and sounds of this new suburban world. Being two and a half years old, and coming from New York, Concord felt like the most rural place on earth. I was riveted by the wildlife, the (lack of) people, and the puny two-story buildings. What delighted me the most, perhaps, was the Concord Public Library. You see, I don’t recall ever seeing a library prior to this one, so the idea of a place to get books for free was brand new to me. New York City had libraries, pretty famous ones at that, but I had just never seen nor recognized them as libraries. I couldn’t read, of course, but I was still in awe of this building with books lined from head-to-toe. There was everything from textbooks, which at that time I didn’t know I would come to dread, to children’s books that I wanted to have read to me at bedtime. I couldn’t believe that a place could have such a wide variety of things, let alone books. With the act of bringing me to the library, whether it was subconscious, or simply a brilliant idea, my parents introduced me to diversity. Through these books, I learned of new people, stories, and ideas I had never dreamt of. This opened my eyes to an exciting world. 

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NBA Play-In Tournament

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Last season the NBA halted play on March 11th, 2020. The season resumed in the bubble and the Los Angeles Lakers were eventually crowned champions. Playing in and adjusting to bubble life wasn’t the only different part of last year’s Coronavirus impacted NBA season. The NBA also implemented a “play-in tournament,” prior to the playoffs, which had the eighth and ninth seeds of both conferences squaring off to fight for a playoff berth. The play-in tournament kicked off competition in the playoffs.

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Masters Preview

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Just five months removed from last season’s Coronavirus impacted Masters, the world's best golfers will try their luck again at the revered Augusta National this week, from Thursday to Sunday. Despite all-time great Tiger Woods’ absence from the list of competitors, this Masters is looking to be one to remember. I’ll detail the betting favorite, fan pick, dark-horse candidate and make more predictions for this year’s tournament below! 

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The Art of Racing in the Rain

Persistence, Communication, Inspiration

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The true hero is flawed. The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but whether he can overcome obstacles.

~Garth Stein in The Art of Racing in the Rain 

You wake up to the emphatic, deafening sound of a Ferrari 250 Pontoon Testa roaring down your quiet street. You press your face against the window, as the car swerves out of control. The driver demonstrates great poise, and grit as he redirects the vehicle, and drives off into the distance. In the book, The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein, Denny approaches his seemingly unmanageable life with the moxie and persistence it takes to find balance during hardship. The power of perseverance and the intricacies of communication are well established, and profound intellectual motifs in the book that inspire me to reassess the themes in my life. 

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