The descriptions of the characters is even better than that of the landscape. The voice of the story is a young German soldier named Paul Baumer that tells us about each soldier that he comes in contact with in excellent detail. He even describes the jokes and humor the soldiers tell amongst themselves in the latrine which makes the reading even more fun and enjoyable than it was.
If I had to think of a criticism, it would be that the first three chapters could have used a little more action and a little less talk. On the other hand, including more action could make the reading a lot less enjoyable in the poetic sense. The descriptive style was stupendous and the while I was reading it I found everything made perfect sense rather than just being inconsistent.
I also did find it distracting that the author phased in and out of descriptive narration and normal writing. I’m not a big fan of a style changing as a chapter goes on. This is just a personal preference and this may not bug you. In fact, you might not even notice it.
I would definitely recommend finding the time to read the first three chapters of All Quiet on the Western Front at a leisurely pace because I sense they will give you a perfect idea of what is yet to come in the book. Even though there are a few things that I personally didn’t prefer, it is a great read for any teenager or adult.