Three Comrades: A Novel of Germany Between the Wars
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Three Comrades: A Novel of Germany Between the Wars

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The year is 1928. On the outskirts of a large German city, three young men are earning a thin and precarious living. Fully armed young storm troopers swagger in the streets. Restlessness, poverty, and violence are everywhere. For these three, friendship is the only refuge from the chaos around them. Then the youngest of them falls in love, and brings into the...more
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Published January 27th 1998 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 1936)
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With blinded eyes I stared at the sky, this grey, endless sky of a crazy god, who made life and death for his amusement.

I think my grandmother would've liked Three Comrades. She may have read it. She passed in 2003 and I often miss her. The ranks of my rogues gallery of family contained only one reader and Stella Short was that and certainly something else. I'd like to think she died with a book in her lap.

Three Comrades is a melodrama about survivors of the Great War discovering the extent of...more
Очень яркий и проникновенный роман о любви. Действие разворачивается в Германии 30-х гг., со всеми ее "прелестями" в виде тяжелого экономического кризиса и всеобщего упадка настроений, дикой инфляции, растущей безработицы и общего ощущения какой-то безнадежности, когда будущее кажется абсолютно беспросветным. Хотя даже и в такой обстановке есть место для любви, но для любви соответствующей обстоятельствам – надрывной, искренней, отчаянной, находящейся на грани жизни и смерти.
Читала книгу не отры...more
Краткое содержание любой книги Ремарка (и похоже Хэмингуэя тоже):

Я проснулся и выпил немного рому. Рана жутко болела, поэтому я выписался из больницы и погулял по городу. Денег не было, поэтому я купил пальто и пошел в кафе "Интернациональ". Там я поел и выпил рому. Погода в горах была паршивая, так что я выпил рому и вспомнил как на войне снаряд убил Петруцци и Лебовского. "Чёртова война!" -- подумал я и сел на поезд, прихватив в дорогу бутылочку рому. Приехав, я снял комнату в отеле. "Чёрт, з...more
Deanna L
Read this book twice and would read it over and over again. Definitely a staple in my library. I have the Russian edition, I am not sure how the english one reads but it is an absolutely amazing read that touches on so many topics so many of us can relate to.. the lost generation, the destruction brought about by the war and the dispersed populace living or scrambling to make a living in many countries. that shamed german diaspora that's not really german in a sense that they did not support nas...more
Хорошая книга. Я с ней опоздала. Точно знаю в какой именно временной отрезок эта книга, если бы я ее прочитала именно тогда, стала бы любимой на долгие годы. Точно знаю на каких страницах я бы плакала. Знаю, кто стал бы любимым героем. Сейчас я читала ее, как патологоанатом делает вскрытие, бесстрастно препарируя- вот грустный момент, вот смешная шутка.
Очень жаль, книга действительно хороша, а Ремарк отличный писатель. А я по видимому, плохой читатель :)
Rifat Sanjida
প্রথম বিশ্বযুদ্ধের তিন পোড়খাওয়া সৈনিকের গল্প থ্রি কমরেডস। রবার্ট, গোটফ্রীড আর ওটো। ওদের সঙ্গী হিসেবে আছে আরো একজন-- কার্ল, দ্য রোড স্পুক। আপাতঃ লক্কড়ঝক্কর চেহারার তাগড়াই এক রেসিংকার। কার্লকে নিয়ে রাস্তায় রেস দিতে গিয়েই ওদের সঙ্গে পরিচয় হয় প্যাট্রিসিয়া হফম্যানের।

''নিঃসঙ্গতায়, নির্জনতায় কেটেছে আমার নিরানন্দ জীবন, কত ভয়ঙ্কর দিন গেছে, কত গভীর গোপন কথা লুকানো আছে আমার হৃদয়ে, আমার অব্যবহৃত নষ্ট জীবনের টুকরো ছিন্নাংশ অপচয় করেছি কত নোংরা, পঙ্কিল ঘটনায়, উদ্দ্যেশ্যহীনতার ভেতরে খুঁজতে চেয়েছি বেঁচে থ...more

"Es ist besser, zu sterben, wenn man noch leben möchte, als zu sterben und man möchte auch sterben." (it's better to die while you still want to live, than to die and want to die)

The novel is called Three Comrades but there were actually 4 of them - Robert Lohkamp, Otto Köster, Gottfried Lenz and Patrice Hollmann whom they meet in the very beginning of the novel and who became an essential part of it. And there were also other people who weren't formally "comrades" but they could be called so b

This novel is the 2nd Greatest book I've read, 2nd only to another Remarque classic, All Quiet On the Western Front. I like to think of myself as the full-blooded manliest man there is (its true), but I don't feel even an ounce of shame to admit that this is the very first time I cried while reading a book, and every time i re-read it (I almost memorized the whole novel after reading countless times), it never fails to bring a drop of tear on my eye. This is the BEST DAMN Romantic Story/Friend-c...more
This book was recommended to me by one of my best guy friends, as his favourite book. It was my first novel from remarque, but since I have read amny, and this still remains my favourite. I don't understand why Arch of Triumph is the more praised or famous, when Three Comrades is so pure, maybe that isn't the word, the truths and facts of life he tells us about are gripping in his simple presentation.

I love war novels, and this one is one of the best ones I have read, what I particularly love ab...more
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Daniel Villines
Great books of great length always seem to fulfill their destiny at the end. There is a journey to be had and a certain number of pages is required to complete the adventure. Sometimes that number is small and sometimes that number seems to be insurmountable, but at the end, if the book is great, that number seems perfect.

Thee Comrades simply attempts to be too many things. It attempts to define a type of friendship that is forged out of horrific experiences, it attempts to describe the struggle...more
Well, I have to start by saying that most chances are I didn't fully understand the ideas the book talked about when I first read it. I couldn't. I was 12 at the time, and let's be honest what do 12 years old know about Nazism, freedom, or death. I guess not much. However, while I couldn't fully grasp the more adult motives of the book, I could still understand the more deep and pure ones such as friendship, honesty and "right or wrong". And I really liked it. There was something about the...more
Zoya Cheboksarova
Самая проникновенная история о дружбе, любви и верности ...
Говорят нет повести печальнее на свете чем повесть о Ромео и Джульете ... я говорю нет повести прекраснее на свете чем повесть о Робби и Пат ... это такая Любовь которой не возможно не восхищаться, это такая Любовь которой не возможно не верить, это такая Любовь которой не возможно не завидовать, это такая Любовь которую не возможно не любить ...
Но роман Три Товарища не только о любви он еще и о Дружбе. Такой Дружбе что даже смерть не в...more
Ieva Langovska
Es lasīju Ē. M. Remarka romānu "Trīs draugi". Tajā aprakstīts par trīs draugiem - Robertu, Oto un Gotfrīdu un viņu apbrīnojami spēcīgo draudzību un dzīvēm. Visi trīs draugi aizrāvās ar automašīnām. Roberts iepazinās ar Patrīciju un iemīlējās viņā. Patrīcija bija ļoti slima, bet skaista un trausla sieviete, kura kļuva ne tikai par Roberta mīļoto, bet arī par draugu pārējiem puišiem. Bet drīz visam pienāk gals - Gotfrīdu nogalināja, bet Patrīcija nomira savas slimības dēļ sanatorijā, kurā ārstējā...more
"Нежность, в которой растворялось желание"

Эта книга ознаменовала мое знакомство с творчеством Ремарка. И скажу просто, до этого момента я действительно и не подозревала, что обычная книга может настолько тронуть, настолько зацепить и настолько вывернуть душу своим повествованием.

Для меня "Три товарища" - это символ. Чистой любви и крепкой дружбы. Символ жизни.
My favourite book! so fascinating, wonderful n interesting to read! while reading u feel that you are there with the characters, even living their lives. Remarque wrote in a beautiful language, he made me feel real feelings! at the end of the book i even cried. There are still such strong emotions inside me! it's the book that is read at one breath. wanna read it again n again!
It was the story about people and their friendship, which is the only thing left for them. Without it life has no meaning. The author provides reader with many insights and quotes, one of my favourite is "until one surrenders, he is stronger than his destiny. " In my opinion, this quote is the main thought of the whole book.
Read this book some 10 years ago but as far as I remember I cried my heart out!
Kristīne Eniņa
Es izlasīju Ēriha Marijas Remarka grāmatu "Trīs draugi". Romāns pirmo reizi ir izdots 1937.gadā Londonā. Ē.M. Remarks ir viens no visu laiku slavenākajiem vācu rakstniekiem. Viņa darbu klāstā ir tādas literatūras klasikas pērles kā "Rietumu frontē bez pārmaiņām", "Triumfa arka", "Melnais obelisks" un arī "Trīs draugi".
Romāns ir par trīs draugiem, kas cits citu nenodod un uzticas viens otram. Viņiem ir arī ceturtais draugs- automobilis vārdā Kārlis- gluži vai dzīva būtne ar savu raksturu, saprot...more
Kashfia Nehrin
a book which tells the story of life. Here nothing was exaggerated , Remarque designed the way of the plot where he could tell the story in a random approach. Expressions, emotions, philosophy , the projection of reality all are present. the dialogues were so strong enough that reader could never find the time of pursuit it out. Remarque gave the opportunity to have the taste in a way that it seemed total unpredictable to the reader about the turnings , meanwhile Remarque is successful one as th...more
Karīna Žiganova
Ē.M.Remarks romānā "Trīs draugi" ir aprakstījis trīs draugu, vecpuišu - Roberta, Gotfrīda un Oto - dzīvi kādā Vācijas lielpilsētā. Uz ielām valda noziedzība un augsts bezdarba līmenis, un tikai draudzība viņus paglābj no apkārt valdošās neprātības un drūmās dzīves.
Bet kas tad būtu romāns bez mīlestības, vai ne? Visi trīs draugi aizraujas ar auto un ar to saista savu dzīvi, un pateicoties mašīnām Roberts satiek un iemīlas nāvīgi slimā sievietē - Patrīcijā. Ar laiku Pata kļūst par šī trio ceturt...more
It surprised me, because I thought it will be about war and I don't like wars.. This book is really good and the end is so tragic and I cried. Now, I know, that Remarque was very good writer and I want to read next book by E.M. Remarque. :) I liked Pat, she was the best character for me, but I don't know why.. Maybe because she was happy, nice and friendly. And Robby? I like him. His opinions were interesting but sometimes in conflict with each other. And Lenz? Oh.. He was amazing!! The last rom...more
Oct 07, 2010 Stacy rated it 2 of 5 stars
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There definitely are people who are fans of Remarque, but suppose that even they can admit the similarity of all his works.
Just after getting presented to all characters it was quite clear what kind of the end the book will have.
It is clearly Remarque's style, books you will find very interesting when you are a little bit depressed and maybe desperate yourself.
As for me - for some time Remarque is closed theme for me, maybe after a while (at least some years) I will return to him to look on h...more
Действие происходит в Германии приблизительно в1928-м году. Три товарища— Роберт Локамп (Робби), Отто Кёстер и Готтфрид Ленц содержат небольшую авторемонтную мастерскую. Главный герой, автомеханик Робби познакомился с очаровательной девушкой Патрицией Хольман (Пат). Робби и Пат— люди разных судеб и из разных слоёв общества— полюбили друг друга. В романе показывается развитие их любви на фоне кризиса тех лет.

В трудные времена наивность – это самое драгоценное сокровище, это волшебный плащ...more
Anda Starsailor
Re-read this masterpiece during the holidays, and remembered why it belongs to my list of books-that-will-make-you-weep-uncontrollably, or else books-that-will-make-you-wannna-curl-up-in-a-ball-and-stare-at-the-wall-for-the-rest-of-your-life. "Why read a book that will depress you to the bone?", one might ask. Well, there's only one answer to that; because it's worth it.

This book is far more than meets the eye on scanning the plot. One would think, it's a story about the everyday adventures of s...more
Stāsts par trīs draugiem,mašīnu un mīlestību.Un rumu.Jā, arī mīlestību uz rumu.Pēc izlasīšanas pat sagribējās iemalkot,bet - pēē- nācās secināt,ka tas nav mans dzēriens.Diemžēl.Bet vispār smeldzīgs stāsts,ko caurvij pašironija un paskarbs, bet nenoliedzami lielisks humors.Grāmata, kas sadala cilvēkus divos tipos - tie, kas grāmatu izlasa tikai vienreiz un tie,kas to ar lielākiem vai mazākiem pārtraukumiem pārlasīs līdz mūža galam.
Четко. Резко. Кратко. По-немецки. Смерть как ожидаемый и логичный финал.
Слово туберкулез в русском языке не отображает сам ход этой болезни, с произношением этого слова представляются себе всего лишь снимки легких, пятна, флюрография - такие ассоциации у меня. В украинском языке слово обозначающее эту болезнь более ёмкое и точное - сухоты. Именно сгоревшими и сухими, от этой болезни, умирают люди.
Frensi Caka
This is the first book I've read of Remarque. I loved it and i want to read it over and over again. This was the first book that showed me of the real life and made me to think more about life's meaning and importance. To all the ones that want a great book with a story which contains emotions of adventure, joy, romance and sadness, you should read this book and you'll know what i mean.
Для меня в первую очередь эта книга о настоящей дружбе. Хотела бы я, чтоб у меня были такие друзья. Ещё эта книга о любви. О любви без будущего. О людях, заглушающих свою тоску и безысходность крепким алкоголем. Читая понимаешь, что есть много вещей в отношениях, которые лежат на поверхности и так очевидны, но ты не задумываешься о них, а стоило бы...
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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...more
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