Book Review: Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque
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. . . .
Poverty is rampant, and only the strong and lucky manage to keep their heads above water. Soon, things become quite heated with the sudden rise in popularity of the Nazi Party, and of course, Adolf Hitler. However, the novel focuses on the trials and tribulations faced by the three friends as things around them are rapidly changing, becoming more violent and decadent. It is the story of three friends who have nothing but each other for support to cross this turbulent period of their lives. As was mentioned above, the book is far from being about politics, rather delving deep into the human mind and spirit. It explores the concept of finding strength and motivation in love and friendship, and how human emotions can push us beyond boundaries we never though surmountable. It shows us that on the other side of the front, there were people just like us, struggling until their last breath to preserve their dignity and humanity. Remarque demonstrates that within every single human out there is something akin to a soul, to a personality, something that can never be taken away regardless of one’s profession or decisions.All things considered, though Three Comrades contains plenty of heavy and gut-wrenching passages, in the end it is a very heartwarming story about people who are trying to find love, majesty and grace in an ugly, brutal and unforgiving world.
They also understand Robert’s feelings and do not intrude in his relationship with Pat. One day, Kester registered “Karl” to participate in races. Kester, who used to be a racer, wins and he, Lenz, Robert, and Pat go to celebrate this event at a bar which belongs to their comrade, Alfonse. Robert notices that Pat is tired, so he asks her if she is ready to leave and she says yes. After leaving, they spend time at the city cemetery, sitting in the fog and talking, and then they go to Robert’s place. Pat falls asleep in his arms and finally he fully realizes that she is in love with him. This makes him a bit confused because he is poor, and he got used to thinking that women cannot fall in love with men like him.
Remarque, Erich. Three Comrades. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1936. Print.