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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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. But, he offers much more than triumh selection of perfect words. You are commenting using your WordPress. Puikaus autoriaus, puiki knyga. May 29, Rick Slane rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The reader can feel arxh tension of the city and fear of it’s people in the words of Remarque, and you remarquue left with a feeling of hopelessness for everyone.

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.

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.

Amid all this turmoil, just when he should least expect it, he falls in love with Joan, an actress. Another sad smile from the poet of dispair. I don’t know what happened to Remarque when he wrote this book, because it far, far better than anything else I have read by him. Novels by Erich Maria Remarque. 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.


It is very old and still it touches on some things that are universal and beyond restraints such as time. Remarque draws Paris superbly, Paris and how it looks and smells and the tension of those times. And the voices of the women were perfect too. Apr 18, Agnes rated it it was amazing. 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.

Straordinario, come sempre, Remarque, nelle descrizioni dei sentimenti, delle emozioni, della gente, degli ambienti, e nel dipingere un mondo sommerso, ma attivo e coraggioso. 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. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

But, like a novel by Hemingway, if you’re not a literary scholar, it can be a painful process. Oct 31, Agnieszka rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 13, Olga rated it it was amazing.

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I really liked the characters in this one, which are mainly Ravic and Joan, since the plot is so centered on the love story. Remarque put human face on pre WW2 Europe and France in particular. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure. It fit; it ended as it had to end given Ravic’s character and what ach had lived through.

“Arch of Triumph” by Erich Maria Remarque.

He is not Jewish; he is not a supporter of the Nazi regime. Forbidden 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. Me, I am enjoying myself as I read this. His surgical skills are excellent; he has to make a living so he performs surgeries for “acclaimed” French doctors who are inept. Ravic is a stateless refugee and an accomplished German surgeon.


This theme turns the book into a crime novel and the tension mounts as you reach the end.


Mar 18, Cheryl Kennedy rated it it was amazing. At the end, both lose — she is killed by a lover, and he — having fulfilled his goal of revenge — is facing concentration camp again — this time a French one.

In the remsrque of this story, one sees one whole segment of a sick world — a cross section of that decadent Paris in which little people and big could hide — and love and live and die. While the story is sometimes interesting I found it uphill work after halfway through where it rmearque endlessly repetitious and full of wearisome wrangling between the two mismatched lovers. 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.

Quotes from Arch of Triumph. Ravic has one aim beyond simply surviving, to get revenge on that Nazi who has tortured him and those he triumlh.

Maxwell Brownjohn, who incidentally translated many other of his works. One night he arxh a woman on the street in Paris, and the story takes off from there.

Because the Arch of Triumph stands at the end, sometimes gloomy, but always magnificent. WWII is looming and almost everyone knows it.

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