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Three Comrades Hardcover – 1 Jun 1946

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T) (Jun. 1946)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316739944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316739948
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,905,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A great writer . . . He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend his 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

"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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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THREE COMRADES
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 never have 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this book, the model for Patricia Hollman is quite obviously the woman that Remarque married twice, Ilse Jutta Zambona. At the time Remarque commenced the writing of this novel in early 1932, his relationship with Jutta was in great difficulties. They had divorced two years earlier but had continued to live together sporadically. It was of course, not only the relationship between Remarque and Jutta that was changing. It was the time of the rise of National Socialism and Adolph Hitler's 'grab for power' in 1933. Remarque had been forced to flee Germany and now, in many ways he - like Germany - stood at the edge of the abyss. The relationship between Robbie Lohkamp and Patricia Hollman serves as an analogy not only for the relationship between himself and Jutta but between himself and Germany.
Patricia Hollman is the epitome of femininity and feminine strength: graceful, elegant, soft brown hair, a delicate eggshell suntan. 'She had something then about her of a deer and of a slim panther, and something too of an Amazon before the battle.' In the novel, Patricia hollman stands in complete contrast to the world of Robbie Lohkamp just as Jutta Zambona must have appeared to the young Remarque when they met in 1923.
Robbie Lohkamp's world was the world of cheerless boarding houses, jaded bars and pubs, macho drinking and male camaraderie. He worked in a small car repair workshop, Koester & Co. The owner was Koester, an old war comrade. Robbie and another war colleague, Lenz, formed the & Co.' They were the three comrades of the story. They made their living by repairing, servicing, buying, selling, panel-beating or painting cars. In short, anything remotely connected with automobiles. In flagging economic times, they lived off their wits.
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By A Customer on 30 Dec. 1998
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In his best (in my opinion) novel, Remarque tells an unforgettable story of love, friendship and loyalty in the chaotic post-WWI Germany. When the whole world seems to be going mad and there is nothing anymore to live for, one man realizes that love and friends are the only two things in this world worth living for, and dying for. This book is a tale of finding something so pure in the times when it seems that all the purity of this world has been wiped out from people's lives by the war, poverty, greed, jealosy, and constant nightmares. Staying true to one's feelings, not giving in and not giving up, remaining loyal at any cost and having the spirit to go on, are the main themes of this book.
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I read a lot, but among all the literature that I have devoured through the years, Remarque's "Three Comrades" is definetely my favorite. It is a sincere and down-to-earth tale of true love and true friendship in pre-WWII Germany, when political chaos and economic disarray often castrated men of humanity. The relationship between silky-haired Pat and Robbie, the taxi driving soul-searcher and narrator of the tale, runs its tender and turbulent course, as does the gruffly gentle, poignant and sincere friendship between Robbie, Lenz, "the last Romantic", a poet and an ex-med student, Kaster, the laconic owner of a gas station and stony-faced racecar driver, Pat, Ferdinand, a portrait artist and Kaster's car, Karl, "the spook of the highways", who is an entity to be reckoned with all on it's own. From Blumenthals to Georgie to Rosa, Remarque's tour-de-force characters resonate with the desperation of Hugo's "Les Miserables", and stand alone as silent portraits of the so-called "lost generation" of the twentieth century.
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This book was recommended to me by my best guy friend, as his favourite book. It was my first novel from Remarque, but since then I have read many, 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 about is that while reading it I understood guys and how their minds/feelings/thoughts were/worked. An amazing novel about men and male friendship and loyalty. I think Remarque told a love story in its simplest, most poignant, overwhelming way in this novel. Not melodramatic as in Arch of Triumph, but you'll still get chills while reading it, his story, his words, his characters are so powerful because of his realistic and human descriptions.

A novel that will change your life, you'll be more after reading it, I definitely recommend it!!
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My Mothers' original book got lost.This edition felt similar to the touch.
If you like a good read from times ago this should keep your attention 'till you fall asleep.
Car enthusiasts will find some interest in this, too! I re-read it about every 5 years.
An interesting insight into a very different World in a very different Time.
I'm grateful to the vendor of this edition. Thanks.
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I read this book and it took me back in time to another world. It is a world that anyone interested in this author or the period that he writes about will truly enjoy. One review I read said that the world is split between those that have read it and those that have not. All I will say is that if you like remarque and his work, you will love this. It really did make me cry.
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