While some of this, too, was edited out in subsequent editions, that likely had more to do with two factors: first, the utter erasure of Prussia even as an ethnic identity during the interwar years; and second, the dismantling of German politics, society, and culture in the wake of the Second World War. So this book is indeed interesting and important to read, thus I gave it 2 stars, but I can't say I enjoyed the macho aggressive propaganda which history proved cannot be dismissed as harmless. His father dragged him back, but he returned to military service when he joined the German army on the outbreak of the First World War. In 1942, Gide wrote in his diary: ‘Ernst Jünger’s book on the 1914 War, Storm of Steel, is without question the finest book on war that I know: utterly honest, truthful, in good faith.’ Its contrast with most of the others is stark. While not stinting on its horrors, he also found the experience of war exciting, even enjoyable, almost like a mystical adventure, so it's easy to see why the Nazis would have loved him, as I got the sense that every time he loaded a round into the chamber of his weapon he got more of a thrill from it than say getting his leg over. D640.J693 1975 940.4'82'43 75-22372 War is a singularly unique experience that crystalizes human experience like a bug gets preserved in amber. The book gives a sense of what the war was like, full of monotony, terror, comradeship and blood and guts. As what you might call a practical Nietzschean he embraced the nightmare with gusto, viewing it as a great adventure and opportunity to die a glorious death for noble cause. STORM OF STEEL offers WWI from a German soldier's point of view, but Erich Maria Remarque it ain't. Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize (2004). In terms of his international acclaim, his time table of December 1914 to summer 1918 which allowed him to ignore issues of "frighfulness" at the beginning and the "stab in the back" at the end I suspect is the only thing that made this story. Pointedly, unlike many writers that did agonize over World War I, he lived through World War II and the Cold War to see the reunification of Germany, passing on to the Wagner fest in the sky at a very well seasoned 103. Please read our short guide how to send a book to Kindle. Year: 1920. Storm of Steel now has an outstanding new translation by Michael Hofmann. My little brother is a history buff, about an average reading level for his age. I recommend reading both this and the later edition for those interested in getting a clearer picture of Jünger as he aged and reflected on the experience, but I recommend this one specifically for those interested in the war memoir itself. 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 experiences. Creighton’s 1929 translation of Storm of Steel presents the rawest, most unpolished version of it in English. Especially during the 1920s and 1930s there were probably plenty of young r. I am sure plenty of 14 year olds have read this book through out the ages. ", I am sure plenty of 14 year olds have read this book through out the ages. All told, author Ernst Junger was shot multiple times, yet would live not only to write this book (and many others) but to celebrate his 103rd birthday (attended by an unusually patient Grim Reaper-in-Waiting). Expecting a Marinetti-like vociferation, an avant-garde hymn to mechanical war, I initially found Jünger’s narrative a little flat. Being generally anti-war as well as knowing - as anyone does - in which direction post-WWI Germany ultimately turned, this book was chilling for me to read. Junger has extraordinary gifts as a writer. Ernst Jünger was a decorated German soldier and author who became famous for his World War I memoir Storm of Steel. His comrades lay in wait a long while behind the parapet to take vengeance. It is now used as an example of post-WWI militarism in Germany in direct opposition to the anti-war movement epitomized in "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Remarque and "War Against War" by Friedrich. File: EPUB, 475 KB. Publisher: Penguin. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! I learned about the existence of this book from a rather unlikely source, a Dutch extreme metal band, God Dethroned, released a series of albums with the theme of the First World War and as one of their sources of inspiration stated this book. We see instances of touching reflection and of sorrow, of brutality and heroism and courage, from the author as well from those he observes. Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. In the Chalk Trenches of Champagne In December 1914, a few months after the start of World War I, a young German man named Ernst Jünger arrives in Bazancourt, Champagne, France to train as a soldier. He ran away from school and volunteered to join the German army. In between, we vicariously experience the daily life of a German officer and his men - and "vicarious" is about as close as any rational person would wan. Of course, his viewpoint, enjoying the war on its own terms and having the bad grace not to be destroyed or otherwise mangled, psychologically or physically, despite his many, many wounds, makes him viewed less than favorably by many literary critics and readers. Forget Remarque; this is the most important German account of the Great War that I've read. I learned about the existence of this book from a rather unlikely source, a Dutch extreme metal band, God Dethroned, released a series of albums with the theme of the First World War and as one of their sources of inspiration stated this book. During an ill-fated German offensive in 1918 Junger's WW1 career ended with the last and most serious of his many woundings, and he was awarded the Pour le Mérite, a rare decoration for one of his rank. Plainly declarative, there is no unnecessary coloration, no prolixity, no s. I have often lamented the lack of German World War I perspectives. Jünger himself revisited the manuscript multiple times over his long life, particularly after the experiences of the Second World War, where he served in an administrative position in Paris for the German forces. It reads very much like a journal told in a clear and spare prose, with Jünger writing with great intensity of the hellish atmosphere of the world around him. He was married and had four children. The author was actively involved in several battles, he was distinguished several times and was many more injured. This was fantastic. Jünger made sure of that. It is remarkable how little they grasp the war as an objective thing. Refresh and try again. The book had little background, hardly touched on politics, home life, or love (apart from comradeship), it's simply about what war is like for a soldier staring it right in the face. Reprint of the 1929 ed. At every turn, there is violence. It really is p. Beautifully written. The Storm of Steel is not a story about survival. He is best known for his memoirs Storm of Steel, which chronicle his experiences during World War I. ** Ernst Jünger, in contrast, had a grand time. Please login to your account first; Need help? He transfer his experience in this book in a truly immersive way. He took thirteen wounds and survived, having fought in many of the key battles on the western front. Why is this book rated so highly? He is intelligent, well read a very fine warrior and leader of men at such a young age. by Penguin Books. He is best known for his memoirs Storm of Steel, which chronicle his experiences during World War I. It was the Hofmann translation done in 2003, currently available as a Penguin Classics release. The first World War was the charnel house of charnel houses, a maw consuming men and nations whose aftershocks reverberate today not only in Berlin but even in Baghdad. Amid what seemed like a supremely unchivalrous war like WWI (technological war is generally hostile to any idea of martial virtue) he continued to think and act in high-minded terms. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It would be another nine years before the book was first translated into English, this time by the well-renowned translator, Basil Creighton. One of them, Landstrumsman Diener, climbed on to a ledge in the side of the trench to shovel earth over the top. It is fitting, then, that near his later years, his individualist philosophy of the Anarch ended up nearly indistinguishable, for all practical considerations, from what Catholicism demands of the Faithful. An oddly jaunty memoir of the Western Front, characterised by what Jünger describes somewhere as his ‘strange mood of melancholy exultation’. And likewise, there’s no singular theme running the course of the chapters. English translation: Basil Creighton / Michael Hofmann. 3Michael Hofmann, Introduction to Storm of Steel, Penguin Classics, 2003, xiii. Ernst Jünger (1895–1998) was born in Heidelberg. That day brings into sharp relief the sacrifices made by the veterans of the First World War. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published To see what your friends thought of this book, It's rated high for lots of reasons, but your question seems to be really asking "why is this book rated so high even though it appears to glorify war, It's rated high for lots of reasons, but your question seems to be really asking "why is this book rated so high even though it appears to glorify war? Subsequent revisions would trim a fair amount of material, most of which consisted of rudimentary attempts to articulate some of this idea. I have often lamented the lack of German World War I perspectives. Ernst Jünger ([ɛʁnst ˈjʏŋɐ]; 29 March 1895 – 17 February 1998) was a highly decorated Imperial German soldier, author, and entomologist who became publicly known for his World War I memoir Storm of Steel. I couldn't help associating this WWI memoir with what I've read recently, particularly, Beautifully written. Beneath the surface is a bit of soft nationalism which is obnoxious but not completely blind or extreme, at least not as blind or extreme as one would expect from a French or German citizen/soldier who was constantly indoctrinated with this nationalistic state propaganda of the times. REVIEW: Live Not By Lies – Rod Dreher (Penguin Random House, 2020), REVIEW: Mine Were of Trouble – Peter Kemp (1957; Mystery Grove Publishing, 2020), REVIEW: Always With Honor – Pyotr Wrangel (Mystery Grove, 2020), REVIEW: Copse 125 – Ernst Jünger (1925; Rogue Scholar Press, 2020), REVIEW: Blessed Charles of Austria – Charles Coulombe (TAN books, 2020), They Had Been Images of God: Conclusion – The Answer to Adam, They Had Been Images of God: IV – Cataclysm. Often a heavy trench-mortar fired short and scattered us with its foundations of earth; and no one even bent his head. I can understand it.1. His father dragged him back, but he returned to military service when he joined the German army on the outbreak of the First World War. It's scary stuff; Jünger's clinical detachment in regard to the carnage in service of the cult of the warrior shows in itself why it wasn't the war to end all wars. This isn’t a book that leaves you the same when you put it down as when you first picked it up. There is no information about his life prior to 1914. The certain thing is that it is a book that shows the brutal reality of this confrontation from within. Or Flanders, during the Passchendaele assault, where the death was beyond measure. Ernst Jünger was a young soldier swept up in the horror of World War I, but, unlike most, he did not seem to find it merely an unmitigated horror and misery. who came out of the war with a far less exalted view of the crucible of war as Junger, not to say that WWI was a 'good war'. 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