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Mar 20, Sebastien rated it really liked it. Storms of Steel is just as fractured as “Speedboat,” with just as many fl I couldn’t help associating this WWI memoir with what I’ve read recently, particularly Speedboat and Sleepless Nightsthat wouldn’t seem related at all on the surface but definitely shared a sense of fragmented cohesion, or cohesive fragmentation. Junger ponders that himself, in regarding a Brit soldier he had killed p. Quimby Melton, Brian Blessinger.

Storm of Steel is shaped as a saga. In he rejoined the army, and was dismissed for his closeness to the ringleaders of the Stauffenberg plot. I’ll let Junger sum it up: 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.

The chapter titled “Guillemont” is a nice snapshot of the war. For now, my curiosity has been satisfied. But the narrator also exults in war.

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I suppose there must be some comparisons between this book and All Quiet on the Western Front. This has to be the best bit of WW1 writing I’ve experienced so far. View all 8 comments. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Junger is not a pacifist.

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Quotes from The Storm of Steel. Acerro author does not limit himself at all to the description of the horror of the war, showing it just as it is, with all its barbarity, resulting in the work acquiring a much more anti-war character than corresponding works that are made for this purpose.


Durante la contienda llevo un Diario de guerra a partir del cual, enredacto Tempestades de acero, una de las mayores obras de la literatura de guerra de todas las epocas. Recommended to Terence by: Junger was the living example of Hedge’s theoretical recruit he died in But it serves as a reminder as to the horrors and idiotic mistakes humanity is capable of, and why we should always remain vigilant.

Based on his other hobbies travel, hunting, kunger the French Foreign Legion, dangerous political conversation, taking all available drugs he seems to have quite the adrenaline junkie. Sorrow, regret, pursued me deep into my dreams.

Storm of Steel

The state, which relieves us of our responsibility, cannot take away our remorse; and we must exercise it. The first pages of Storm of Steel bored me, hence the 3 stars, but the remainder is thrilling. While reading, I kept thinking positive adjectives to describe the account such as “wonderful” or “marvelous,” only to immediately remind myself that such terms are not appropriate for war experiences. A few days had put their stamp on the runner, who was to escort us into the realm of flame, setting him inexpressibly apart from us.

Even in these frightful moments, something droll could happen. Once you begin listening, you cannot top. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Many passages are tinged with a bit of sardonic humour. In spite of the danger, I was always loath to leave the attic window of the house, because it was an exciting sight, watching units and individual messengers hurrying across the field of fire, often hurling themselves to the ground, while the earth whirled and spat to the left and right of them.

He did not 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.

I chewed my pipe and tried to talk myself into feeling brave The consensus of posterity regardi War means the destruction of the enemy without scruple and by any means.

Absent are the self-deprecating humor, the overwhelming sense of loss and the bitter ironies of English memoirs. Trivia About Storm of Steel. Hundreds of British soldiers were running forward through a flat communications trench, little troubled by the weak gunfire we were able to direct at them.



The author was actively involved in several battles, he was distinguished several times and was many more injured. Ernst Junger’s memoir of his time on acefo Western Front is a powerful glimpse at what it’s like to be a soldier, made all the more powerful because it’s unadorned with philosophical introspection or politics. Maybe in part these categories apply, but in my opinion there is more ds just a war adventure in this book.

Tusquets December 27, Language: Although Junger felt strongly about German identity, Junger was not a Nazi.

And then possibly your car, which he may crash while trying to hunt mountain lions without a license. Storm of Steel is full of savagery, physical suffering, squalor, and an ultimate sense of frustration.

Of course, many soldiers who participated in the First World War made similar efforts, such as the classic All Quiet in The Western Front, but their writers are quite distant, willing to make a more philosophical and political analysis and to write more literally, the writer of this book is anything but distant as it is obvious that he still has his experience in his mind and this leads him to write a book that has little to say beyond the everyday conduct of the war, which has no political reference and the writing style is bare of literary ornaments.

They bore names that were sometimes humorous, sometimes defiant, and sometimes affectionate, and they were camouflaged dd paint; but they were all in a pitiable plight.

I give this book five starts because of the way Ernst doesn’t hold back and really pulls you into his story and really makes you care about him and his comrades. His entire enlistment was in France. War means the destruction of the enemy without scruple and by any te,pestades.

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