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4.48  ·  Rating details ·  30,393 ratings  ·  967 reviews
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 group a young ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 27th 1998 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 1936)
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Curtis To me, Remarque is keeping all of the political factions vague on purpose. If he'd specified a party, he'd risk having the reader's political bias inf…moreTo me, Remarque is keeping all of the political factions vague on purpose. If he'd specified a party, he'd risk having the reader's political bias inform their reading of those scenes, and having the reader root for one gang or another. By keeping Lenz's faction vague, the reader can focus on the point--these factions are all opportunists preying on the desperation, fear and aimlessness of the people. They turn those who could be comrades against each other.

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)
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Vit Babenco
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Youth is an age of magic: you’re full of pep, zest, enthusiasm, hopes, friendship… love.
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
In the US Erich Maria Remarque seems best known because of All Quiet on the Western Front. But for me, having grown up in post-Soviet Ukraine, it was always Three Comrades that was THE Remarque.

I loved this story dearly as a young teen. The greater historical context - the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazism, the interwar economic bleakness in Germany - all that escaped my young self in lieu of Robert and Pat’s love and the relationship between Robert and his friends (and the even deeper re
Ahmad Sharabiani
Drei Kameraden = Three Comrades: A Novel of Germany Between the Wars, Erich Maria Remarque

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
The "Great War" is over; it leaves the German population in poverty and a relentless search for work to earn a few cents.
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, and couples on the verge of rupture trying to resist getting stuck.
And then, one of the three meets Pat and falls madly in love with
Oct 31, 2022 rated it liked it
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The story about the lost generation, young men and women suffering from the economic collapse of 1920s Germany. They hustle to get any jobs when there are none and they drink their brains out every evening. Everything is very nihilistic, everyone is living just for today, and when the main hero, Rob, falls in love and thinks maybe there can be happiness after all, Remarque is ruthless and punishes him. Hope is futile. Very bleak story.

Somewhere around 60 % I suddenly thought about The Magic mou
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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"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

Taste the prose:

"Only the unhappy man appreciates happiness. The happy man is a mannequin for the life-feeling. He displays it merely; he doesn't possess it. Light doesn't shine in the light; it shines in the dark."

“I did not want to think so much about her. I wanted to take her as an unexpected, delightful gift, that had come and would go again — nothing more. I meant not to give room to the thought that it could ever be more. I knew too well that all love has the desire for eternity and that
It is a beautiful, cozy, and heartbreaking story!
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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
I jumped up, so unreal, so much as if out of another world did this picture appear to me now—the wide, blue sky, the white lines of foam, and the lovely slender figure against it—as if I alone were in the world and out of the water came stepping the first woman. For one instant I felt the immense, quiet power of beauty, and knew that it was stronger than all the bloodstained past; that it must be stronger, else the world would collapse, sink down and perish in its own chaos. And more even than t ...more
Rizwan Khalil
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
Deanna L
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t believe I’ve ever read a novel in which so much alcohol is consumed!

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
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The music enchanted the air. It was like the south wind, like a warm night, like swelling sails beneath the stars, completely and utterly unreal... It made everything spacious and colourful, the dark stream of life seemed pulsing in it; there were no burdens any more, no limits; there existed only glory and melody and love, so that one simply could not realize that, at the same time as this music was, outside there ruled poverty and torment and despair.

Three Comrades by Erich Marie Remarque the
Mar 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Goodreads makes Three Comrades sound like a political thriller, but it is instead a fantastic slice-of-life romance novel, in the mold of John Steinbeck. It offers existential observations on life, love, loss, and social class in a way that would have resonated in a war- and poverty-stricken Germany. Remarque shows how recent events have annihilated the sense of stability in both individuals and broader society. The titular comrades, like much of their country at that time, are aimless, shaken b ...more
Daniel Villines
May 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Iluvatar .
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is my first ever review for a book and I have read a lot
I’m very happy that my first review is for Remarque and specially for this book.
As story goes you see the main character living multiple lives 1- with his friends 2- with bat 3-with his past 4- with his self.
You going to have a window to life in Germany after WW1, the economic problem and the lack of jobs the struggling of the German people
Classic reverie
A wonderful finish to Erich Maria Remarque's trilogy of "All Quiet on the Western Front". All three books deal with a different group of soldiers but the mention of some names present in the other books but not related to this story. The first two books are more closely dealing with the war and aftermath but "There Comrades" has a storyline less war related but more in line of the poverty all around Germany and these men making due. I had seen the 1938 movie years ago but not until I started to ...more
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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One of the best book I have ever read. It's impossible to describe the feelings when i had finished the book.

This book is absolutely beyond any rating.
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lv, 2010
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
Garret Giblin
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very sad story at times but there are so many great little scenes in this. Great insights into the minds of WWI veterans. I appreciated how the political turmoil of the time is the subtle backdrop but never dominates the story. Mainly, they never stop drinking
C.K. Bennett
May 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favourites for sure, though I always cry like a baby whenever I read this. My book is full of mascara spots at this point. The way Remarque writes – his technique – is, to me, unparalleled. It's incredible that he's able to convey so much emotion between the lines; his prose is quite straightforward and he doesn't go over the top with descriptions. Those descriptions that are included are simply staggering. I have underlined so many quotes in this novel.

Overall, there is defin
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, read-2019
At first I was forced to read the book, it was brought to me an I had no choice. I hesitated. I knew nothing about the book and I was not ready for those 500 pages, when I have a stack of other books, that I cannot wait to read.
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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The end didnt surprised me, i knew it will come. i Knew from almost the beginning because it is Remarque and because of the highly sad and depressing tone of the whole story and atmosphere in general. I enjoyed the pearls of wisdom that are scattered almost on every page . And the friendship of the three men. The love story is a typical dramatical novel love story. or maybe i got to cynical over the years... i dont know. But as I said, worth reading just for the wisdom that Remarque radiates.
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best account of friendship, struggle, depression, love and just.. the times before WWII. No unnecessary complexity, but many layers nonetheless.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
My guy Robby is really not getting enough sleep in this
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Boy Blue
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a great novel. There's nothing revolutionary about its approach but the way Remarque writes and composes a narrative is objectively beautiful. The characters leap off the page, in particular Lenz, the charming rogue we've all met sometime and desperately wanted to be friends with. You can feel the camaraderie between the three comrades the banter between them and the mischievous activities they get up to, show this rare preservation of humanity in an otherwise dark era. The love story is ...more
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Erich Maria Remarque (pen name of Erich Paul Remark) 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

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