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Arch of Triumph

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Ravic has survived German concentration camps and French prisons. He is a refugee without papers and without money, forbidden by law to seek work. As Europe lurches once again towards the brink of the inferno, he must hunt down his own Nazi torturer in a city that seethes with corruption. The author of All Quiet on the Western Front was himself driven out of the new German ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published January 8th 1988 by Picador Classics (first published 1945)
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Agnieszka

I‘ve tried to write review for Arch of Triumph and I’ve failed. So instead of it some impressions. It’s a love story and grief story; it’s Paris of expatriates, cheap brothels and shabby cafés; it’s hotel International, mecca for fugitives from every corner of Europe, with its rooms embellished with portraits of fascists or their democratic counterparts, depends on whom current exiles are; it’s sea of calvados, nocturnal wanderings, ambience of nostalgia and decadency and harbinger of impendin
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Duane
Erich Maria Remarque is best known for his classic masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front. Arch of Triumph may not be equal to that but it is very good, 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, and having fled Nazi Germany, ...more
Lyn
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exiled German doctor living in Paris in 1939.

This had all the indicia of a great novel and it was very good, I enjoyed reading it. The first half sets up the plot of a German, Ravic, though that is not his real name – he is literally a man without a country; Germany has exiled him and France will not recognize his medical license because of his political status. He earns a living “assisting” French physicians, though he does the surgeries for them and receives a quarter or a tenth of the pay
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Olga
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Morana Mazor
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trebala bi postojati neka kategorija za knjige koje su poput ove- van kategorije... Pet zvjezdica je ništa.. Oduševila me prije 20-ak godina, a oduševila me i sada.. Uživala u svakoj rečenici u dubokim mislima, opisima, samoj priči...i, naravno, calvadosu... ;) Ne znam jel' do mene, ali mi se čini da se ovakve knjige više ne pišu.. (ok, čast izuzecima.. )... Bila i ostala jedna od mojih omiljenih knjiga svih vremena..
Agnes
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Al
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
the gift
this is a later addition: 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 roma ...more
Justė
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, library
Su Remarku jau seniai esu susipažinusi ir Triumfo arką, jau penktą jo knygą, į rankas ėmiau be jokio nerimo, kad knyga gali nepatikti ir, žinoma, neapsirikau. Sužavėjo kaip visad. Stiprūs dialogai, platus gyvenimo vaizdavimas, ciniška ironija ir įtaigus antimilitarizmas susilieja į nuostabų kūrinį, aiškiai alsuojantį „remarkišku“ stiliumi, kurio su niekuo nesumaišysi.

Šiame kūrinyje ypač stiprų įspūdį paliko dialogai. Po Silva Rerum pamačiau, kad romaną galima puikiai parašyti ir be dialogų, bet
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Alise Kitija
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Nav jau vairs daudz ko teikt. Remarks ir ģeniāls, ja jāraksta par cilvēcību, vientulību un cerību. Karš salauž cilvēkus. Nākamā manā Remarka sarakstā ir - ''Lisabonas naktis''.
Nhi Nguyễn
Khi mới đọc những chương đầu của cuốn tiểu thuyết này, có lẽ nhiều người sẽ cảm thấy có cái gì đó thiêu thiếu, hụt hẫng, không biết bắt đầu từ đâu, bởi bỗng dưng mà đùng một cái, tác giả đập ngay vào những dòng đầu tiên là hai nhân vật – bác sĩ Ravic và người thiếu phụ trẻ tuổi Jeanne Madou – mà không có bất cứ một lời mào đầu, dẫn dắt, miêu tả hay giới thiệu nào để tạo nên một sự chuẩn bị kỹ lưỡng cho người đọc. Thế nhưng, nếu có đủ kiên nhẫn và sự khoan thai, chậm rãi trong thưởng thức văn học ...more
TarasProkopyuk
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Невероятно чуткая, трогательная и пронзительная книга.

Очень сложная и без пафоса драматическая роль героя книги. И казалось бы ворвавшаяся любовь и новый смысл жизни его вылечит, но не так проста жизнь...

Еще более интересен внутренний мир и суждения главного героя сквозь призму царствовавшего на то время бесчинств, беззакония и топтания прав человека в Германии. Страдания и лишения нормальной жизни доктора просто не могут оставить вас в стороне. Но самое больше подкупает, как несмотря на все это
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Elena
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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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Cheryl Kennedy
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Paris months before WWII. The darkness of nights mask the arrival of refugees from Germany to hotel rooms and abandoned flats by Parisians reading the headlines warning of a second catastrophe in just twenty years. The suspense is palpable as Ravic's existence as an undocumented surgeon builds.

This story like Remarque's "All Quite on the Western Front" tells the cautionary tale of the costs of war to the lives of human beings. As normality becomes unrecognizable, choices evaporate, what is
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Arb
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Lora Grigorova
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arch of Triumph: http://readwithstyle.wordpress.com/20...

A huge fan of Erich Maria Remarque as I am, surprisingly I hadn’t read two of his most famous novels – Arch of Triumph and All Quiet on the Western Front. After 5 novels (Shadows in Paradise, Three Comrades, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, The Night in Lisbon and The Black Obelisk), his voice sounds so familiar, that while reading I feel an overwhelming calmness. In a world where nothing is right, where humanity has continued on the path
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Ellen
Nov 09, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Signe
Nov 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was blown away by this book. It is very old and still it touches on some things that are universal and beyond restraints such as time.

It's set in the illegal refugee community in Paris during the second world war, and the protagonist is a not too sympathetic doctor, who practises illegally for pittances, drinks himself down more or less every night because of his insomnia, has casual relationships when he doesn't play chess with a Russian refugee friend of his, has countless political discuss
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S.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
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.
Jonnu
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to say that 'til now this is my favourite book of all times..
Masha
Reading this novel was devastating, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. It's now one of my treasured books.
Prerazmišljavanje
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Kompletna knjiga.
Daiva Vanagė
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Puikaus autoriaus, puiki knyga. Rekomenduoju.
arcobaleno
Non torna indietro l'ora che si è vissuta
Remarque descrive qui, con essenzialità ricca di poesia, un mondo nascosto: gente in fuga dalle persecuzioni naziste negli ultimi anni trenta del secolo scorso (inquiete, delle ombre andavano in su e in giù. Erano gli emigranti senza documenti, la brigata degli illegali). Così Ravic, chirurgo illegale a Parigi, deve fare i conti con una vita sempre al buio e allerta; costretto, per sopravvivere, a non stringere legami né a provare affetti, a sollevare
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Tanya
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nu vă apucați de cartea asta dacă treceți printr-o despărțire. Nu vă apucați de cartea asta dacă sunteți puțin depresiv. Dar mai ales, nu vă apucați de cartea asta dacă nu vă plac lucrurile care încep atât de bine și se termină la repezeală. Așa impresia mi-a lăsat mie finalul cărții - de mântuială. Deși e o carte frumoasă. E stilul caracteristic a lui Remarque, simplist și totuși încărcat de emoție. Am adunat, pe parcursul lecturării, citate prin vreo trei carnete, în telefon sau în documente w ...more
Nata
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tristă cartea, dar mi-a plăcut foarte mult: trăirile sufletești ale dr. Ravic, gândurile și starea pe care o avea de la o zi la alta.

Trist atunci când mereu trebuie să fii pe fugă, trist cu toată nebunia războaielor și tot ce au avut să îndure oamenii de pe urma lor.

Trist e să te îndrăgostești de o femeie și ea să nu se mulțumească doar cu tine, ci mereu să o vezi la braț cu un alt bărbat.

Trist, dar totodată plin de speranță mi-a părut finalul. Eu așa și sper că el va supraviețui războiului,
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Nadia
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Vusal  Rasulzade
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
Erich Maria Remarque is one of the greatest novelists i have ever read. This is third book of Erich Maria Remarque i read. I am sure i will read it again....
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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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