On the other hand, when that gang show up to break up Lenz' political meeting, Otto refers to the thugs as a 'stormtroop,' which were basically the Nazi's hired thugs. They would often brutalize political opponents of all types, but mostly focused on attacking/killing communists. Stormtroopers were also a special type of soldier from Imperial Germany/WW1, so there might be a double entendre there. :)(less)
She began to speak, but soon I no longer heard what she was saying. I heard only her voice, and as I sat there on the table in the dark hall, between the boar's head and the kitchen with the haricot beans, a door seemed to open and a wave of warmth and light came in, soothing and bright, full of dreams and desire and youth. I propped my feet against the table, I rested my head in my hand, I looked at the boar...more
A love story centered around the lives of three young German soldiers in the years following World War I. Their close friendship is strengthened by their shared love for the same woman who is dying of tuberculosis.
Three Comrades is a novel first published in 1936 by the German author Erich Maria Remarque.
It is written in first person by the main character Robert Lohkamp, whose somewhat disillusioned outlo ...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 s...more
The Weimar Republic is living its last hours; the birth of the 3rd Reich is pointing its nose with its share of violence.
They are three, comrades of war, who try to get out of it. Around them revolves a world of cafeterias, mechanics, prostitutes, couples on the verge of rupture who are trying to resist stuck.
And then one of the three meets Pat falls madly in love with him, an ...more
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
Forgive me that inane opening line – the problem is that my overall reaction is difficult to put into words and I was attempting to be light and temporarily put off writing of how devastated I was upon finishing this book. Still, it is not untrue, there is a lot of drinking and times I could have used a stiff one myself. The depiction of poverty, unemployment, despair and overall disillusionment in Germany following WWI ...more
Three Comrades by Erich Marie Remarque the ...more
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
I love war novels, and this one is one of the best ones I have read, what I particularly love ab ...more
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
It took 30 pages. And then I could not put the book down.
The story is beautiful and heartbreaking, but not leaving any bitter feeling and very easy to read. But after finishing it rather quickly, I feel like the book has much more to offer and it takes a few reads to gr ...more
- Sherry Brandy
- Kümmel (german caraway liqueur)
- Fernet-Branca (italian bitter herbal liqueur)
- Kirsch (german cherry liqueur)
- Dubonnet (french wine-based aperitif)
- Napoléon Cognac
- Jamaican Rum
- Bacardi Rum
- Red Wine
- Moselle Wine ...more
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 so ...more
I just want to say, kind of, nothing special at this book. I very like “All Quiet on the Western Front” or “Arch of Triumph”. But bless my soul! I told my friend at the Happy Birthday, that th ...more
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 ...more