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Arch of triumph

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  8,612 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Translated by Walter Sorell and Denver Lindley
Paperback, 446 pages
Published January 8th 1988 by Picador Classics (first published 1945)
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Olga
Самая тяжелая книга Ремарка для меня. Может потому что сейчас лето и читать грустные книги полные безнадежности особенно тяжело, когда на улице светит солнце и мир кажется прекрасным, но... такие книги нужно и хочется читать, чтобы ценить свою жизнь. Любимый Ремарк! Ты берешь прямо за сердце и не отпускаешь до конца.

Как всегда главный герой Ремарка и его друзья - люди высокоморальные и заслуживающие лучшей жизни. Беженец Равик (это его ненастоящее имя, но какая разница? он уже привык к выдуманны
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Chrissie
My thoughts a bit into the book:

THIS is fantastic! What lines! Did you know that Remarque died in 1970? He didn't JUST write about WW1. Here the year is 1938. The Spanish Civil War, the build-up to WW2 and refugees in Paris are all part of this book. Interesting and exciting and marvelously written. And you want to know why the main character is as he is. You simply MUST understand. Slowly it unfolds. Good stuff. Me, I am enjoying myself as I read this.

And on completion?

Everything that I loved w
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Al
Remarque has a great humanistic way to tell a simple story, while inspiring a greater idea or a state of mind. While Arch of Triumph is definitely mainly a love story between German refuge Ravic, and wannabe actress Joan Madou, it is also a dooming testament to the injustices of life. And it is also a stark witness to the tragedy of war, and the dark human instincts that precipitate it. Being a strong pacifist, Remarque, who served in World War I, tries once again to present not only the useless ...more
Agnes
One of my favorite books. Remarque at it's best. This book transforms you back in time to post war Paris. You can small the dusty streets, cigars and Calvados in the air when you read it. It will leave you nostalgic and hungry for true love and romance straight from the vintage 30s.
thegift
i think of books read this year , ones that might become rereads- become 'comfort reading'- and this is a prime candidate. why? i do not know, perhaps in clarity, in artlessness, i can concentrate on the characters. i tried one other book by remarque, very disappointed, and i have read 'all quiet on the western front'- but this was spoiled by having seen the old film. now i know the plot, but this is never important, this is bittersweet, romantic- yes it must be the romantic aspect that appeals. ...more
Elena
"Який божевільний світ: ти можеш обернутися в архангела, в блазня, в злочинця і ніхто цього не помітить. Та коли у тебе відірветься гудзик – помітять всі".

"– Того, що забудеш, потім бракуватиме ціле життя, пане, – сказав він
– Правду кажете. А те, чого не забудеш, обертає життя в пекло".

"Якби не мрії, ми б не могли витримати дійсності".

"І тут кохання. Одвічне диво. Воно не тільки осяває барвистою веселкою мрій сіре небо буднів, а й може оточити романтичним ореолом купу лайна".

"Ніколи ще життя не
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Ellen
I put this book aside to read A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains but I was already getting tired of it and I'm not in the mood to finish it right now. The story is about a German refugee living in Paris during WWII but before the Occupation. He had been a surgeon in Germany but as he is living illegally without papers, he has to take whatever work a few French doctors give him work that they don't want to do such as trying to save a woman's life after a botched abortion. I found this all very ...more
Nadia
Absolutely excellent! At first, after reading half way through I gave it 4 stars. Big mistake - it is definitely 5 plus. Remarque put human face on pre WW2 Europe and France in particular.
The characters, their life stories and pre war spirit of that time builds up tension and anxiety in the reader. It is more than a love story. In fact, I think love story is not central point of the book. It is there to examplify one of the inevitable feelings and to support the main underlying theme of how imp
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sally
Rediscovering the books that I read when I was too young. Read in 2 nights. One of my favourite books definitely.
It was like I could almost feel how the author felt when he was writing it.
Everything is so complicated and yet brought to us so simply.
Must read.
Arb
4.9/5 I mrekullueshem, frymzues,jehone universale kunder lufterave, edhe ne epoken me te erret ka gjithmon nje fije drite qe na mban gjalle.
Marija Atanasova
"Колку малку е потребно за среќа, а баш тоа малку најчесто ни недостасува“. Понекогаш пак, без никаква логика, во несоодветни околности, без прашање и навестување- нешто за кое вреди да се живее.“Све праве су љубави тужне“? Или пак тоа е крајниот стадиум на љубовта- поврзаност, до толку не раскинлива, што не зависи од присутноста, битисува независно од реалноста, паралелно со секојдневните таги и радости.
Сето ова раскажано со ненаметливиот израз на Ремарк, остава простор за субјективни сеќавања
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Anelia
Някак тъжна, носталгична книга, в която щастливият край е просто илюзия, мечта, за която главният герой, Равик, отдавна не мечтае. В любовта му с Жоан също има нещо неизживяно, носталгично. Красива любов без гръмки думи и обещания, искана и получена в днешния ден, без съзнание за бъдещето, защото то е още далеч, може и да не дойде. Ремарк описва времето преди Втората Световна война като умел художник, който познава тази епоха с цялата й трагедия и величие. И може би именно този портрет на 1939, ...more
Petriela Bacheva
Чужда столица, наближаваща война и списък с неща, които сърцето желае, докато е още свободно. Политическата обстановка постоянно се променя, любовта също, но Триумфалната арка продължава да се извисява над Париж и Равик. Пъстрите описания струят през ред, преплитащи се със съвети за живота - кратки и прости. Както радостта преди да дойде съмнението, че внезапно ще те отведат в концентрационен лагер. Велика книга, която ми доказа, че Ерих Мария Ремарк е безспорен литературен гений!
Duane
Erich Maria Remarque is best known for his classic masterpiece All Quite on the Western Front. Arch of Triumph is considered his next best and is overshadowed by All Quite.., but it is a beautifully written novel that stands on it's own merit and one that I enjoyed reading from start to finish. The setting is 1938 Paris, nervous about the unrest in Europe prior to the start of World War II, and filled with expatriates and refugees of many nationalities. Ravic is an accomplished German surgeon, a ...more
Katherine Hurinovich
Хм, знакомство с творчеством Ремарка началось с того произведения, которое оказалось в нужное время и в нужном месте. Что меня очень задело, так это полутона и тонкие грани психологии, которыми вырисовывает автор все чувства героев, их состояния, диалоги. Как же остро чувствуется одиночество, бессмысленность жизни того межвоенного времени, когда всё невинное и праздное расстреляно первой мировой, и уже нещадно бьёт колокол предстоящей катастрофы. Какой же навязчивой кажется месть Равика, пожираю ...more
Джорджия
Jul 01, 2014 Джорджия rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Джорджия by: Аудиокниги
Толкова леко разказва този човек, за доста тежки неща. Книгата е богата на образи - повечето бежанци в Париж. Тук неволите на евреите са само загатнати, а главният герой си е чист германец, с добра професия, който също е преминал през концентрационен лагер и е принуден да бъде бежанец в чужда страна, без документи, с постоянна заплаха да бъде хванат. С това, че нашият герой страдаше от постоянно безсъние, авторът ни вкарва в една нощна атмосфера на Париж с подходящите заведения, питиета, музика, ...more
Anna
Что может быть сложнее, чем написание рецензии на необыкновенного Ремарка и его великую книгу "Триумфальная арка"? Для меня - ничего. Я открыла это произведение, согласно совету друга, и глотала слезы в самом начале повествования. Читала темной ветреной ночью, а наутро находила глубокую морщину между бровями на своем лице. Читала в вагоне метро, который спешил отвезти меня на работу, окруженная сотней людей и в то же время была так далека от них. Я знакомилась с Равиком, с Жоан, Борисом, Хаке. И ...more
Gr8grendel
This was a nice departure from Remarque's previous works; though romantic interests were involved, overtones of the onset of international conflict were more pronounced. Still, he remains the "Last Romantic".

As always there were beautifully crafted descriptions and great character development. Prepare to be caught in a whirlwind of French language, medical jargon (comprehendible if you took anatomy) and historical references that I personally found necessary for dialog to function (poppies in Fl
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Ivana
Well...This book is novel written in 1945 by Erich Mria Remarque ,as we know.
It was his second worldwide bestseller after All Quiet on The Western Front.
The book is set in pre-war period in Paris.( We are talking about World War II)
A main character is Ravic,refugge from German.He is a doctor ,exactly surgeon ,who is selling his knowledge to Parisian doctors for little sum of money. He is so cold and reserved eccentric but his feelings were dissolved when he met Joana Madu,his future love who
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Masha
I must say that Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque is an amazing and heartbreaking novel which evokes all kinds of emotions.

Set in 1939, Arch of Triumph tells the story of the tragic life of Ravic, a talented German surgeon and a stateless refugee living in Paris. Unwilling to return to Nazi Germany, Ravic lives in France illegally and performs surgery on behalf of two less skillful French doctors. Ravic seems to have lost hope to find happiness and leads a life disconnected from emotion u
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Joy
This novel is set in Paris before World War II. Ravic is a German surgeon and refugee without papers who is opposed to the German position. He is seeking vengeance for the death of his former mistress who was murdered by a Gestapo agent. It's always interesting to learn the thoughts and struggles of a German who is opposed to the rise of Hitler. Historical novels are a wonderful way of learning history. I started to add that this would be true if they were always accurate, but then the people wh ...more
Maria Marinas
EMR manages, once again, to deliver a superb, claustrophobic account of the subject. In this case, the year before the outbreak of WW2. An in-depth study of life in Paris at the time, focussing on the diversity of emigrants of the time and the diverse outcome in their lives. Coming from different backgrounds and going to different futures, they are all linked by the present situation. The main character is complete, deep and powerful. With a good dosage of black humour, I particularly enjoyed th ...more
Joy H.
Mar 07, 2015 Joy H. marked it as watched-film-only  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adapted-to-film, ww2
Added 3/7/15.
I did not read this book but I saw the film adaptation.

I posted the following at my Goodreads group:
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I streamed (via Amazon Prime) "Arch of Triumph" (1948) starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Charles Laughton.
http://www.amazon.com/Arch-Triumph-In...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040109/?...
"Illegal refugees lead dark lives in pre-World War II Paris."
http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/70105854...
"To escape the Nazis, an Austrian doctor flees to Paris,
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Arch of Triumph: A Novel of a Man Without a Country
რამდენიმე დღის წინ გადავწყვიტე წამეკითხა ეს მშვენიერი რომანი, სამწუხაროდ წიგნის პირველმა რამდენიმე თავმა არც თუ ისე დიდი შთაბეჭდილება მოახდინა, ექიმი რავიკი, რომელიც გერმანელი ლტოლვილია და საექიმო პრაქტიკას არალეგალურად ეწევა, უძილობის გამო პარის ქუჩებში ღამღამობით დაეხეტება. მის ცხოვრებას აზრი აქვს დაკარგული და უბრალოდ სუნთქვას, ჭამს, მუშაობს და ზოგჯერ ძინავს კიდეც, მაგრამ ერთ მშვენიერ დღეს დაინახავს ქალს რომელიც თავის მოკვლას ლამობს და თავისდა
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Thy Ngân
Cả cuốn sách làm tôi quá sức hài lòng và thỏa mãn. Chỉ riêng câu giới thiệu của Nhà xuất bản văn nghệ, rằng "anh ngại ngần và tự thấy mình xa lạ đối với cái lý tưởng duy nhất có thể cứu vớt họ...lý tưởng cách mạng vô sản" là lạc quẻ ko thể nói hết nổi vào 1 cuốn sách tuyệt vời bao bọc được bao chủ đề về bác sĩ, về niềm tin, về xã hội thời chiến, về chủ nghĩa cá nhân, về sự lạc lõng, cô đơn, về tình yêu, về quá khứ... Đây đúng là cuốn sách về bác sĩ hay nhất đã từng đọc.
Nadezhda Pokalo
In my opinion, Erich Maria Remarque is a true master of the word. Magnificent style, an accurate and vivid description of the nature of pre-war Paris. In fact, it's a kind of sad story that makes you think about it even after reading the book.. Concentrating on the characters is amazing! Actually, I think that not everyone can read his novels just because it can be really difficult,at first, but when you go further, you can open a new world :)
Gregor Samsa
„Protože je noc. A třeba taky proto, že jsme jiskřičky v neznámém větru.“

„Raviku, proč je v noci všechno barevnější? Nic už člověku nepřipadá těžké. Věříme, že všechno svedeme, a to, čeho nemůžeme dosáhnout, vyplníme sny. Proč?“
Usmál se.
„Sny máme proto, že bez nich bychom nesnesli pravdu.“

„To je druhá noc,“ řekl. „Ta bývá nebezpečná. Kouzlo neznámého pominulo a kouzlo důvěry tu ještě není. My ji zvládneme.“
Joan položila skleničku. „Vypadá to, že o tom víš spoustu věcí.“
„Nevím vůbec nic. Jen mluv
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Maria Padusenko
Какое наслаждение было читать Триумфальную арку! Ах как захотелось кальвадоса или белого вина (этакий 4D эффект при прочтении). Написано ТАК, что ясно представляешь себе Париж конца 30х, кафе, улочки, машины, наряды...
Разочаровал лишь легкомысленный характер героини. Как бы хотелось более глубокой истории любви. Героя лишь такая достойна! Но несмотря на это, послевкусье после прочтения фантастическое!
Kamil
Jan 27, 2015 Kamil rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Remarque fans
Recommended to Kamil by: my gf
The Arch of Triumph is considered to be packed with memorable quotes more than any Remarque book; while All Quiet on the western front could surely hold a candle to AoT, there are many gems scattered throughout the book:
"One cannot stain love with friendship", "Nobody is perfect; if this was the case, he'd belong into a museum", or "A man is old when he loses all feeling".

AoT is a long romantic story about the characters of Ravic and Joan, a cynical man and a woman that hopes to live as much as
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Erich Maria Remarque is one of the best known and most widely read authors of German literature in the twentieth century.

Remarque's biography is essentially marked and his writing fundamentally influenced by German history of the twentieth century: Childhood and youth in imperial Osnabrück, World War I, the Weimar Republic, and most of all his exile in Switzerland and the United States. With the
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