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.
My thoughts: 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 and raw, 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 it 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!!