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Three Comrades

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  24,635 ratings  ·  695 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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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
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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010, lv
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
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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.
Feb 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 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
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it
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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!
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.
Ellie Midwood
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, favorites
Ever since I read All Quiet on the Western Front, I fell in love with Remarque’s writing and realized that one couldn’t go wrong with any of his books. Three Comrades is considered to be classic for a few good reasons: not only is it brilliantly written, it also features an unforgettable set of characters with which you’ll hate to part, and paints a painfully accurate picture of life in post-war Germany (post-WWI Germany, that is, when inflation was through the roof and half of the population sa ...more
Tatjana Platonova
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cried.. it's pretty dark book :( you starting to think more about death and life..
Lora Grigorova
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Three Comrades:

Fourth book by Erich Maria Remarque I read. To be honest, it is going to be the last for quite a long time. Not that I do not enjoy Remarque and not that I in any way undermine his talent. It is just that he is too difficult and too overwhelming at some points.

Three Comrades doesn’t deviate from Remarque’s traditional style I already saw in The Black Obelisk, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, and The Night in Lisbon. Our disillusioned and d
Boy Blue
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-fic
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
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 olds 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 the concept of "right or wrong".
And I really liked it.
There was some
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rick Slane
I like this better than Magic Mountain. I find Remarque fresher than Mann yet perhaps a debt is owed. I was disappointed with the 1938 movie with the screen play by F. Scott Fitzgerald-not enough about Germany between the wars.

Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Read this book some 10 years ago but as far as I remember I cried my heart out!
Taima Yaghi
Sep 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
This is dad's favorite book, I can't wait to read it
Sanie Petritaj
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Makes me want to hug it
One of the best books ever written and the best book about friendship I've ever read.
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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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