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
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 ...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
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 ...more
Somewhere around 60 % I suddenly thought about The Magic mou ...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
"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 ...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’m very happy that my first review is for Remarque and specially for this book.
A straight story, filled with emotion LOVE, PASHION, DISPOITING,HOPE,FRIENDSHIP,SADNIS,HAPPYNIS.
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 ...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
Overall, there is defin ...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
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