March challenge

“It’s not the world that’s crazy,” said I. “It’s the people in it.”

Okay okay! March already started but in my defense: February is way too short sometimes. For February I read the book Three comrades by Erich Maria Remarque. This fascinating book tells the story of Otto Köster, Lenz Gottfried, and Robert Lohkamp. It’s actually written from Robert Lohkamp’s point of view but during the book Lohkamp describes his two other comrades frequently as well.

War, friendship, drinking, and love are all passing by in this story. It shows the aftermath of war; how does it affect you but also what happens to companionship (hence the title). I’ve never read more about cars and drinking rum/schnapps than with this book. But the strong bond between the men is admirable. They all have to live their life after war while there’s not that much for them left. Money is a problem, purpose of life is for some just another day to live. When Lohkamp slowly falls in love with Patrice Hollmann, it is beautiful to see how the other comrades embrace her as one of their own. In a world full of chaos they still have each other.

Somewhere I read that this is a simple story but I have to disagree with this. Maybe the idea of the story line is simple but the execution is the opposite. There’s beautiful prose in it and for everyone a quote to love. It’s difficult to create such a simple story about friendship and what I think true love. My friend (who speaks plenty of languages, yes jealous) read it in Russian. And unfortunately I’m not that talented but I wonder how it is in Russian because I found so many reviews in this language.

The only difficulty for me was sometimes the names (sounds silly, I know) but one time someone is called by their first name and then their last name. In the beginning I got a bit lost but once you’re in the book there’s no problem anymore. And the sentences/usage of words are slightly different from now but that’s what you get when you read a book from 1936.

We danced, and the warm, soft light was merciful; it hid all the shadows that the late night had drawn on the faces.

Now it’s time for a new challenge (and publishing year: 2018): read a book based on its cover. If you’re following me on Instagram I guess you’ve already seen it…. Circe by Madeline Miller. Gods, mortal, and one woman must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

Will let you know what I thought about it (although it was chosen book of the year 2018 by book of the month, just saying!).

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