Three Comrades: A novel of Germany between the wars

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From the acclaimed author of All Quiet on the Western Front comes Three Comrades, a harrowing novel that follows a group of friends as they cope with upheaval in Germany between World Wars I and II.
 
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,...
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Overview

From the acclaimed author of All Quiet on the Western Front comes Three Comrades, a harrowing novel that follows a group of friends as they cope with upheaval in Germany between World Wars I and II.
 
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 woman who will become a comrade as well, as they are all tested in ways they can have never imagined.
 
Written with the same overwhelming simplicity and directness that made All Quiet on the Western Front a classic, Three Comrades portrays the greatness of the human spirit, manifested through characters who must find the inner resources to live in a world they did not make, but must endure.
 
“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”—The New York Times Book Review
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“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449912423
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 166,341
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Erich Maria Remarque, who was born in Germany, was drafted into the German army during World War I. Through the hazardous years following the war he worked at many occupations: schoolteacher, small-town drama critic, race-car driver, editor of a sports magazine. His first novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, was published in Germany in 1928. A brilliant success, selling more than a million copies, it was the first of many literary triumphs. When the Nazis came to power, Remarque left Germany for Switzerland. He rejected all attempts to persuade him to return, and as a result he lost his German citizenship, his books were burned, and his films banned. He went to the United States in 1938 and became a citizen in 1947. He later lived in Switzerland with his second wife, the actress Paulette Goddard. He died in September 1970.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    for those who think of life

    Those who want to grow intellectually and emotionally, and to understand and appreciate life, should read this book without a day of delay. Although I was a skeptic, Remarque instantly siezed my imagination with his brilliant writing style, realistic portrayal of a world so foreign to me, and empathetic insight on the human personality. The plot is easy to go along with, and after reading this tragically ending novel, the reader will surely know what is true frindship, love, and companionship.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    MUST READ

    My parents made me read it last year I was in 5th grade. It is a great book with a great plot. A must read for everyone young and old.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    Just do read it. Please.

    Amazing. Very special. Revealing the true sense of friendship and love. The struggle for life and refusal of dearest things for that very life is one of the leading themes I found in the book for myself. Wish everyone read it and enriched through it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2001

    wonderful piece of literature!!

    what can I say?wonderful wonderful book.sad,it makes you cry,but also it makes you live beautiful hours by reading it.aa great story of friendship,love and sad reality of the post war life.you'll never get tired of reading this book-sparks of humor in it as well!!!!! above five stars,indeed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    One of the Greatest Stories of all time i wish i could give more stars

    Three friends returned from WW1 coping with society in post war Germany try to push all troubles away through friendship & booze. Every character leaves a mark every word serves a purpose every begining has an end except for the one that leaves u readin to the last page. Weep. The story of life, the story of humanity the story of realism summed up in fiction. Remarque, the artist, has written somethng so easy to follow yet so deep in emotions that only you will feel you will love and you will long for everything you have longed for before. ENJOY

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2000

    A must read for the young

    I would say this is a very touching love story. Yes, Germany between the wars is mentioned and depicted this and there, but this is not the main theme. The love story is so pure, so romantic and down to earth at the same time, you would like to read it again and again. All characters are on their right places, the men are strong, supportive and understanding, the women are tender, helpless and enchanting, as it should be in this world, or isn't it?

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