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
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
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 ...more
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 ...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