Can we just talk about the ending of this book??

So I just finished the ending of Not So Quiet… and I went through so much of an emotional roller coaster. I was taken aback with the comparison with how the book ended compared with All Quiet. I appreciated how she cited Nellie’s emotional death toward the war in 1918, just as the other book casually reported Paul’s physical death (even the formatting was the same! The books definitely speak to one another). I was gearing up for her to die when she starts talking about the air raid and how the girls are being brutally killed…

She definitely uses metaphors to becoming mechanized and how her emotions have atrophied…the way she just casually mentioned Trix’s death, despite how much she had risked to help her out, really made me understand how she was already gone, emotionally. Also, I was intrigued by how she responded to Roy’s injuries and his letter releasing her from the engagement. The way I broke it down was that maybe because she was already emotionally stunted and so it didn’t matter, or that she couldn’t possibly imagine life after the war, let along kids. The dream about the cottage and the kids and the garden had already vanished long before Roy’s injuries. But before, she was so taken with the idea of wanting a partner who was whole, and not a reminder of the war. So writing to tell him that kids didn’t matter, that she was going to stick with him, maybe was because she already has accepted how she can never return to normalcy; Roy would understand her and her emotional apathy better than any other person.

Anyway, that’s some of my rambling, fresh off the press thoughts.

1 thought on “Can we just talk about the ending of this book??

  1. Liked what you said about the way she casually mentioned Trix’s, and even Etta Potato’s, death and think that what you said about it being because she was gone emotionally is a very sad truth I think most of us can agree on. She ceased to simply care anymore, and the link you talked about with the endings between Not so quiet… and All quiet on the Western Front highlights the lack of concern they had for life and, more sadly, their own lives.

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