Arch of Triumph

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  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • Arch of Triumph
  • Erich Maria Remarque
  • English
  • 08 February 2017
  • 0449912450

About the Author: Erich Maria Remarque

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Arch of Triumph It Is Despite A Law Banning Him From Performing Surgery, Ravic A German Doctor And Refugee Living In Paris Has Been Treating Some Of The City S Most Elite Citizens For Two Years On The Behalf Of Two Less Than Skillful French PhysiciansForbidden To Return To His Own Country, And Dodging The Everyday Dangers Of Jail And Deportation, Ravic Manages To Hang On All The While Searching For The Nazi Who Tortured Him Back In Germany And Though He S Given Up On The Possibility Of Love, Life Has A Curious Way Of Taking A Turn For The Romantic, Even During The Worst Of Times

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  1. Agnieszka says:

    I ve tried to write review forArch of Triumphand I ve failed So instead of it some impressions It s a love story and grief story it s Paris of expatriates, cheap brothels and shabby caf s it s hotel International, mecca for fugitives from every corner of Europe, with its rooms embellished with portraits of fascists or their democratic counterparts, depends on whom current exiles are it s sea of calvados, nocturnal wanderings, ambience of nostalgia and decadency and harbinger of impendin I ve tried to write review forArch of Triumphand I ve failed So instead of it some impressions It s a love story and grief story it s Paris of expatriates, cheap brothels and shabby caf s it s hotel International, mecca for fugitives from every corner of Europe, with its rooms embellished with portraits of fascists or their democratic counterparts, depends on whom current exiles are it s sea of calvados, nocturnal wanderings, ambience of nostalgia and decadency and harbinger of impending disaster It s doctor Ravic, somewhat cynical and disillusioned refugee from Germany It s not his real name but it has brought him luck for last two years so he sticks to it He needs neither your support nor pity and tries to not become accustomed to anything, neither place nor people, things or love,not even to a body , after all you never know when you again will have to run away It s an old porter Boris, migr from Russia driven by desire for revenge on executioners of his father It s a second rate actress and singer Joan Madou, at first glance fragile and helpless poor thing But that s an illusion She is all primary strength and instinctShe gave herself to whatever she did Such women were nothing but drinking, when they drank nothing but love when they loved nothing but desperation when they were desperate and nothing but forgetfulness when they forgot .Sometimes love catches us off guard and unsolicited falls in our arms We can defend against it with harsh words and apparent indifference, though nothing works better than bottle of cognac or calvados, or both, and then onebottle since night is still young, you can say whatever you want, nobody s listening, pour me calvados, your place or mine , let s drink, salute And sometimes it doesn t work.Remarque masterfully rendered city at the brink of war, inhospitable hotel rooms like poor substitutes for homes, brothels with its makeshift love, sordid caf s you can hide in before loneliness I m not sure why this novel appeals to me that way Am I attracted by that dark aura of pre war Paris that still doesn t believe that war it s just at it gates, or that existential sadness that protagonists try to suppress in spouts of alcohol, or this impossible love and shared solitude, or that Ravic despite his skepticism, cynicism even remains so righteous and idealistic in his deeds, or perhaps these scenes like from kitschy melodrama and love words sometimes so clich d that you eventually have no other choice like to believe them

  2. Duane says:

    Erich Maria Remarque is best known for his classic masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front Arch of Triumph may not be equal to that but it is very good, a beautifully written novel that stands on it s own merit and one that I enjoyed reading from start to finish The setting is 1938 Paris, nervous about the unrest in Europe prior to the start of World War II, and filled with expatriates and refugees of many nationalities Ravic is an accomplished German surgeon, and having fled Nazi Germany, Erich Maria Remarque is best known for his classic masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front Arch of Triumph may not be equal to that but it is very good, a beautifully written novel that stands on it s own merit and one that I enjoyed reading from start to finish The setting is 1938 Paris, nervous about the unrest in Europe prior to the start of World War II, and filled with expatriates and refugees of many nationalities Ravic is an accomplished German surgeon, and having fled Nazi Germany, he is living in Paris without passport or documantation He finds work by performing surgery for two, less than average, French doctors Really his main goal is to avoid capture and deportation, and survive the coming maelstrom of war Amid all this turmoil, just when he should least expect it, he falls in love with Joan, an actress The characters are few in this novel, really Ravic and Joan drive most of the stories plot, so Remarque has time to fully develop these very interesting characters and this intriguing story line The reader can feel the tension of the city and fear of it s people in the words of Remarque, and you are left with a feeling of hopelessness for everyone Remarkable book, I loved it 4.5 stars.Review revised November 2017

  3. Lyn says:

    An exiled German doctor living in Paris in 1939.This had all the indicia of a great novel and it was very good, I enjoyed reading it The first half sets up the plot of a German, Ravic, though that is not his real name he is literally a man without a country Germany has exiled him and France will not recognize his medical license because of his political status He earns a living assisting French physicians, though he does the surgeries for them and receives a quarter or a tenth of the pay An exiled German doctor living in Paris in 1939.This had all the indicia of a great novel and it was very good, I enjoyed reading it The first half sets up the plot of a German, Ravic, though that is not his real name he is literally a man without a country Germany has exiled him and France will not recognize his medical license because of his political status He earns a living assisting French physicians, though he does the surgeries for them and receives a quarter or a tenth of the pay treating prostitutes and performing abortions and forced to live in a shady hotel because of his legal status.Set just before World War II, but with the specter of war shadowing everything, this also references his exile into Spain and there are many allusions to Franco s autocratic reign and his affinity with German fascism.Introspective and dark, Remarque s prose is stark yet descriptive, reminiscent of Hemingway His descriptions of 1930s Paris is noteworthy.This is also in some ways antithetical to Donne s famous notion that no man is an island as Remarque has cast his protagonist as a post modern isolated man separated from his nationality, and this then raises many questions about a person s relationship with his country, his fellow man, his ideals, morals and religion.Fans of his masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front will want to read this to realize his considerable ability

  4. Chrissie says:

    My thoughts a bit into the book THIS is fantastic What lines Did you know that Remarque died in 1970 He didn t JUST write about WW1 Here the year is 1938 The Spanish Civil War, the build up to WW2 and refugees in Paris are all part of this book Interesting and exciting and marvelously written And you want to know why the main character is as he is You simply MUST understand Slowly it unfolds Good stuff Me, I am enjoying myself as I read this.And on completion Everything that I loved w My thoughts a bit into the book THIS is fantastic What lines Did you know that Remarque died in 1970 He didn t JUST write about WW1 Here the year is 1938 The Spanish Civil War, the build up to WW2 and refugees in Paris are all part of this book Interesting and exciting and marvelously written And you want to know why the main character is as he is You simply MUST understand Slowly it unfolds Good stuff Me, I am enjoying myself as I read this.And on completion Everything that I loved when I began the book remained valid through to the very end Ravic and Joan are the two main characters Ravic is a stateless refugee and an accomplished German surgeon He is not Jewish he is not a supporter of the Nazi regime He is living in Paris without papers and thus forbidden to preform surgeries His surgical skills are excellent he has to make a living so he performs surgeries for acclaimed French doctors who are inept They get the acclaim of his prowess, but he survives He is about 40 He is stateless because he is wanted by the Nazis for hiding two people a Jewish writer and a man who saved his life fighting in WW1 He has been mercilessly tortured and sent to concentration camp, from which he escaped All of this explains why at the beginning of the story he is stateless, without papers and living in France, Paris to be exact The year is 1938 and the story continues through to 1939 Ravic has one aim beyond simply surviving, to get revenge on that Nazi who has tortured him and those he loved Is it just revenge or is it his duty to shoulder punishment of crimes committed Doesn t each and every one of us have to share the burden of retribution This theme turns the book into a crime novel and the tension mounts as you reach the end Another central theme is how war forever alters those who living through them Ravic took part in the Spanish Civil War too The book is NOT about war experiences per se but rather about their personal consequences, and the larger perspective of the many who lived through the 20th Century Through Ravic you see the consequences of history on an individual I came to understand Ravic.There is another central character Joan, who he falls in love with Joan is another completely different story and I felt the book did not explain as well why she was who she was This is why my appreciation of the book was less than magnificent Really gorgeous writing Remarque draws Paris superbly, Paris and how it looks and smells and the tension of those times You follow the events of history through the life of Ravic, his one year hidden in France The narration by Ralph Cosham is totally fantastic It was never too exaggerated to increase tension, but boy does it mount The excellence of the narration was a total surprise for me since when I listened to the sample I thought it would be way too old fashioned No, it was just perfect And the voices of the women were perfect too Smooth, calm, pitch perfect I loved the narration, and I highly recommend listening to this book rather than reading a paper copy.And the ending It fit it ended as it had to end given Ravic s character and what he had lived through

  5. Agnes says:

    One of my favorite books Remarque at it s best This book transforms you back in time to post war Paris You can small the dusty streets, cigars and Calvados in the air when you read it It will leave you nostalgic and hungry for true love and romance straight from the vintage 30s.

  6. Al says:

    Remarque has a great humanistic way to tell a simple story, while inspiring a greater idea or a state of mind While Arch of Triumph is definitely mainly a love story between German refuge Ravic, and wannabe actress Joan Madou, it is also a dooming testament to the injustices of life And it is also a stark witness to the tragedy of war, and the dark human instincts that precipitate it Being a strong pacifist, Remarque, who served in World War I, tries once again to present not only the useless Remarque has a great humanistic way to tell a simple story, while inspiring a greater idea or a state of mind While Arch of Triumph is definitely mainly a love story between German refuge Ravic, and wannabe actress Joan Madou, it is also a dooming testament to the injustices of life And it is also a stark witness to the tragedy of war, and the dark human instincts that precipitate it Being a strong pacifist, Remarque, who served in World War I, tries once again to present not only the uselessness of war, but its inevitability too I really liked the characters in this one, which are mainly Ravic and Joan, since the plot is so centered on the love story They felt so close to me, and even if Joan is made to look artificial at times, I could almost feel her inner instinct to charm and seduce, while posing off as innocent at the same time But at the end, those people are just caught up in the turmoil of their times, trying their best to adapt and live their lifes And be it the boy with the cut leg, or the American Kate who has incurable cancer, life keeps beating them up, but they never give up Because the Arch of Triumph stands at the end, sometimes gloomy, but always magnificent

  7. Michael says:

    310514 this is a later addition i think of books read this year, ones that might become rereads become comfort reading and this is a prime candidate why i do not know, perhaps in clarity, in artlessness, i can concentrate on the characters i tried one other book by remarque, very disappointed, and i have read all quiet on the western front but this was spoiled by having seen the old film now i know the plot, but this is never important, this is bittersweet, romantic yes it must be 310514 this is a later addition i think of books read this year, ones that might become rereads become comfort reading and this is a prime candidate why i do not know, perhaps in clarity, in artlessness, i can concentrate on the characters i tried one other book by remarque, very disappointed, and i have read all quiet on the western front but this was spoiled by having seen the old film now i know the plot, but this is never important, this is bittersweet, romantic yes it must be the romantic aspect that appeals i cannot claim it is great art, only that it is the people i want to read aboutfirst review now it has been a few days, a few books, since read and rated so the question is why give this a five why put it on the favourites shelf thinking of it in comparison to llosa s feast of the goat, which is perhapsliterary in shape, in writing, but this is the one better recalled andlikely to be read again this one has somewhataverage characters, ordinary sort of plot and i think this is why this book, set in 1939 France, written in 1945, does not fail to recall the movie Casablanca indeed, i can see Bogart as the protagonist, and in Paris, where everyone is waiting in disbelief that another war will comeand character revealed simply, directly, in action, not introspection or close emotional reading, only gradually i did not think to like this book, as it is long, it is not uniquely told or structured, not surprising characters or plot i did not think i could be so attached to the man and woman, the world, the politics there but not too there the young woman who knows she is not a good actor, but pretty enough to be a mistress, the good german doctor living and operating illegally, the petty conniving french doctor who depends on his skill to fix mistakes, the friendlier doctor who pays him better, who becomes something like a friend the quiet satire of the hotel, the rotating pictures, the rotating refugees, the russian who uniquely does not claim aristocratic heritagethen, i like the occasional dash of mordant humor, i like the mundane, realistic, rather mature portrayal of romance these are real people, good people, caught in a very bad time would this work if set anywhere and when else made me also think of the stripped prose of Hemingway, how this is not his style but quieter, how this story is told without stylistic pyrotechnics, this story told directly, without excess of emotion or art perhaps i would not have liked it so much if it was striving for effect it is almost like reading two books, as the first half is heavy in dialog, thus easy to read, the second halfdescription,thought but in the end, this works so maybe it is a bestseller of its time, maybe it is middlebrow, but the looming history is not overplayed, the story is ultimately down to a romance anyone can imagine, anyone could live, and an exactly right endingand why did i even read this book, as it is not from a rec, not immediately interesting me, not much liking longish bookswell actually, because the last book on philosopher merleau ponty quoted it at a significant point, quoted it at length, so i decided to read its context and while looking for that passage, i got sucked into this book remains a five

  8. Ellen says:

    I put this book aside to read A Lady s Life in the Rocky Mountains but I was already getting tired of it and I m not in the mood to finish it right now The story is about a German refugee living in Paris during WWII but before the Occupation He had been a surgeon in Germany but as he is living illegally without papers, he has to take whatever work a few French doctors give him work that they don t want to do such as trying to save a woman s life after a botched abortion I found this all very I put this book aside to read A Lady s Life in the Rocky Mountains but I was already getting tired of it and I m not in the mood to finish it right now The story is about a German refugee living in Paris during WWII but before the Occupation He had been a surgeon in Germany but as he is living illegally without papers, he has to take whatever work a few French doctors give him work that they don t want to do such as trying to save a woman s life after a botched abortion I found this all very interesting, how he had to live a solitary life, on the fringe and under the radar Then he falls in love and its just blah blah blah about what love really is and can we ever really be happy and who is going to leave the other one firt I know Remarque is well regarded All Quiet On The Western Front and I feel a bit like who am I to criticize but these two characters just went round and round in circles and I lost interest

  9. Cheryl Kennedy says:

    It s Paris months before WWII The darkness of nights mask the arrival of refugees from Germany to hotel rooms and abandoned flats by Parisians reading the headlines warning of a second catastrophe in just twenty years The suspense is palpable as Ravic s existence as an undocumented surgeon builds This story like Remarque s All Quite on the Western Front tells the cautionary tale of the costs of war to the lives of human beings As normality becomes unrecognizable, choices evaporate, what is It s Paris months before WWII The darkness of nights mask the arrival of refugees from Germany to hotel rooms and abandoned flats by Parisians reading the headlines warning of a second catastrophe in just twenty years The suspense is palpable as Ravic s existence as an undocumented surgeon builds This story like Remarque s All Quite on the Western Front tells the cautionary tale of the costs of war to the lives of human beings As normality becomes unrecognizable, choices evaporate, what is left of the spirit Who will hold to their own values under maximum stress I especially was drawn to the author s simple, direct phrasing of the story in contrast to the complexity of the circumstances of war Highly Recommended

  10. Lora Grigorova says:

    Arch of Triumph huge fan of Erich Maria Remarque as I am, surprisingly I hadn t read two of his most famous novels Arch of Triumph and All Quiet on the Western Front After 5 novels Shadows in Paradise, Three Comrades, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, The Night in Lisbon and The Black Obelisk , his voice sounds so familiar, that while reading I feel an overwhelming calmness In a world where nothing is right, where humanity has continued on the path Arch of Triumph huge fan of Erich Maria Remarque as I am, surprisingly I hadn t read two of his most famous novels Arch of Triumph and All Quiet on the Western Front After 5 novels Shadows in Paradise, Three Comrades, A Time to Love and a Time to Die, The Night in Lisbon and The Black Obelisk , his voice sounds so familiar, that while reading I feel an overwhelming calmness In a world where nothing is right, where humanity has continued on the path to self destruction, and where hopelessness and despair become everyday sentiments, Remarque s fiction is a reminder, a sort of wake up call to beauty and love Even on the verge of a second World War, people are still fighting the same problems hatred, jealousy, envy and people are still able to love completely, selflessly, passionately.Erich Maria Remarque s involvement in WWI largely determines the main theme of his fiction The anti war and anti fascism sentiments of the author are present in all the novels I ve read but it seems they are the most palpable and evident in the Arc of Triumph On the eve of WWII Europe is in the atmosphere of spiritual stagnation and despair A certain disillusionment hovers in the air the exiles leave by habit, surviving every day as if it might be their last One of these nameless, faceless souls is Ravic, a German doctor hiding in Paris Fascism has taken everything from him his home, his practice, his passport, his identity, his belief, and even his ability to love Arch of Triumph is a story of the difficult path of spiritual, moral and physical preservation in a world of political persecution and uncertainty of what tomorrow might bring.Read