I'd read this before, but didn't own it, so thought I would buy the latest translated version, and read it again. To say it is an amazing, moving and intelligent book is to do an injustice to the author, a German soldier who actually lived through WWI. It is sad and funny, and can be re-read without losing any of it's impact. The original black and white movie is also well worth searching out. Needless to say this is a must have, must read book.