Complete summary of Erich Maria Remarque’s Arch of Triumph. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Arch of Triumph. A superb piece of writing — a racking book to experience, and this in spite of the fact that the author attempts to keep his emotional values muted and his. The evocative story of a man without a country, Arch of Triumph is a World War II– era classic from the author of All Quiet on the Western Front. It is Despite.

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There was a problem adding your email address. The characters, their life stories and pre war spirit of that time builds up tension and anxiety in the reader.

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Another sad smile from the poet of dispair. The prose in this translation is often poetic. Here he meets survive-at-any-cost, Joan, and he recognizes his major torturer from the prison camps. You are commenting using oof Twitter account. I could recommend Erich Maria Remarque just for the beauty of his prose.

Paris is always popular. It was his second worldwide bestseller after All Quiet on the Western Front[1] written during his exile in the United States — I found this all very interesting, how he had to live a solitary life, on the fringe and under the radar.

Fans of his masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front will want to read this to realize his considerable ability. View all 8 comments.

“Arch of Triumph” by Erich Maria Remarque. – Books and wine.

Now for the Film with Anthony Hopkins: He earns a living as a ghost surgeon for French doctors who are not as talented as he is. Erich Maria Remarque is lf of the best known and most widely read authors of German literature in the twentieth century.

This book transforms you back in time to post war Paris.


And the voices of the women were perfect too. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure. 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.


Because the Arch of Triumph stands at the end, sometimes gloomy, but always magnificent. It is very old and rwmarque it touches on some things that are universal and beyond remarqje such as time. The book really never explains why. It was like I could almost feel how the author felt when he was writing it. The narration by Ralph Cosham is totally fantastic. I especially was drawn to the author’s simple, direct phrasing of the story in contrast to the complexity of the circumstances of war.

It is mostly Joan who expresses her feelings, and it soon becomes unrealistic that anyone would have that many ways of saying that they love someone, let alone love them so passionately after such short acquaintance. Goodreads helps you keep track remrque books you want to read. While the story is sometimes interesting I found it uphill work after halfway through where it becomes endlessly repetitious and full of wearisome wrangling between the two mismatched lovers.

Joan is another completely different story and I felt the book did not explain as well why she was who she was. It’s now one of my treasured books. 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. Remarque at it’s best. Plus, the story is very dark with no happy ending arcy life lessons. No trivia or quizzes yet. The characters are the best part of this novel because each one comes across as a distinct individual.

In a world where nothing is right, where humanity has continued on the path Arch of Triumph: Ravic and Joan are the two main characters. You simply MUST understand.


It is there to examplify one of the inevitable feelings and to support the main underlying theme of how important human life is despite seeming small and insignificant in the face of upcoming tragedy of war. Seems to be the embodiment of the motto “life sucks and then you die.

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. It’s set in the illegal refugee community in Paris during the second world war, and the protagonist is a not too sympathetic doctor, who practises illegally for pittances, drinks himself down more or less every night because of his insomnia, has casual relationships when he doesn’t play chess with a Russian refugee friend of his, has countless political discussions and can’t seem to stop thinking about all the really big issues of life.

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. Bet paskui pagalvoji, o gal kalba?

Apr 23, Lyn rated re,arque liked it. Examples of his other novels also internationally published are: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Apr 01, Jonnu rated it it was amazing. I’ve read the book multiple times and fell in love with the characters Remaqrue follow the events of history through the life of Ravic, his one year hidden in France.

At the personal level, the protagonist is a person without legal papers after escaping from the camps and prohibited from practicing medicine because of his German medical degree. You are commenting using your WordPress.