(This is not the edition I read; it's just the paperback cover I wish I owned to add to my collection.)
This novel is one I avoided reading for a long time, but since we're currently studying World War I in school, I figured it was about time. It is simply an account of life on the front for a young German soldier, and it is very, very sad.
I always hate reading about WWI because it seems to me to have been such a particularly pointless and horrible war. As far as I can tell, this is a very honest portrayal of just what it was like in the trenches; nothing is glossed over or made polite. It's a book everyone should read, but it isn't exactly fun.