Remarque luetaan sotakirjallisuuden klassikoihin, ja Rakasta t n n, huomenna h nen parhaisiin romaaneihinsaRomaanin tapahtumat alkavat Saksan it rintamalta ajankohtana, jolloin viralliset tilannetiedotukset ja sotapropaganda olivat avoimessa ristiriidassa v syneiden sotilaiden omien kokemusten kanssa T ss lopullista tuhoa enteilev ss vaiheessa nuori sotilas saa kaksi vuotta odottamansa loman ja l htee kotikaupunkiinsa l yt kseen kotinsa hajalle pommitettuna, kaupungin raunioina Ihmiset ovat vieraita ja ep luuloisia Gestapoa pel t n kuin viholllista Kuitenkin raunioissa el viel inhimillisyyskin, ja se luo dramaattisten tapahtumien vastapainoksi tiivist tunnelmaa, valoisuutta, optimismia kaikesta huolimatta Nuoren sotilaan kohdalla t m toiveikkuus huipentuu rakastumiseen ja pikaisesti solmittuun avioliittoon Sen j lkeen h n on kyps viimeiseen rintamalle l ht n Loved it Longer review soon. Teleportive WWII novel, top notch dramatization of the complexity of humanity, formal and thematic excellence throughout It s about a German soldier who leaves the Russian front during WWII as the tide is turning for the Nazis and goes on furlough to his home city for a few weeks He can t find his parents in the bombed out ruins and runs into an old classmate, a comely young woman, and falls in love as, every few days, air raid sirens sound and buildings rise into the air as all hell breaks lo Teleportive WWII novel, top notch dramatization of the complexity of humanity, formal and thematic excellence throughout It s about a German soldier who leaves the Russian front during WWII as the tide is turning for the Nazis and goes on furlough to his home city for a few weeks He can t find his parents in the bombed out ruins and runs into an old classmate, a comely young woman, and falls in love as, every few days, air raid sirens sound and buildings rise into the air as all hell breaks loose A completely absorbing reading experience, couldn t put it down, woke up early to read with coffee, that sort of book Few reviews on here in English many in Arabic, Russian, and maybe Romanian My third novel by this author and I have another coming tomorrow.Super conventional form perfectly done, always patiently pushing ahead, therefore it feels like an organic natural real ie, not imposed by the author plot, the procession of days as a solider s on leave for a few weeks between death and death, the first bloom of love as everything around the lovers not so much withers as it explodes and incinerates everything super charged by the potential arrival of devastation from above, the inevitability of horror a howl arose, increasing until it became maddening and unbearable, as though a huge steel planet were plunging straight at the cellar and gruesome scenes of, for example, a five year old girl impaled on a shattered staircase Streaks of gnarly description, always utilitarian and accessible prose, never clipped or degraded or showy the tone is perfectly centrist, flowing, poetic at times, but best of all it disappears and yields to visions of this shattered German city, its inhabitants trying to survive, everyone living not so much under the thumb of the Nazis butso under the rule of Luck As with his famous WWI novel and every other WWII and Holocaust related novel or memoir I ve read, survival always depends on luck But this earns the full five starsso because it so naturally detonates Literature s primary payload it dramatizes the complexity of humanityclearly than most novels I ve read Not all Germans are anti Semitic monsters intent on taking over the world and eradicating their racial inferiors The novel depicts arch evil types, superhuman thoughtless automaton murderers in the S.S., as well as devastated, philosophical citizens who hide Jews and other well characterized characters most concerned with self preservation during the worst of times Toward the end, it s impossible not to root for the hero Ernst even though he s fighting with the Nazis he s an absolutely 3D sympathetic free thinking human being in an extraordinarily difficult situation trying to stay focused and survive even as the guts of a new recruit splatter all over him after catching a flung grenade in the stomach Everyone s read All Quiet on the Western Front but it seems like few have read the author s other novels, most of which were semi recently re published in attractive modern paperback form The title of this one probably in part accounts for it being previously totally unknown to me it seems like an Ian Fleming James Bond ripoff by way of The Byrds appropriation of biblical verses Alternate titles could have been Switzerland not reduced to rubble and therefore often mentioned as an ideal place to escape to, although it seems impossible to get to , An Eden in Hell good assonance, bad pun suggests a few of the spots where Ernst and Elisabeth take mental, spiritual, physical refuge and just live a normal life for a few moments , Shelter from the Storm novel was published in 1957, pre dates Dylan s song by almost two decades the actual title seems a little too sentimental and monumental, a little too B movie Here s a fantastic passage where our hero Ernst and his future wife Elisabeth are sitting on a hill in a wooded area where the trees are covered in strips of tin foil that fall before air raids to jam and distort radio transmissions The trees around the clearing were covered with strips that fluttered from their twigs, twisting and sparkling in the breeze The sun broke through the mountainous clouds and transformed the woods into a glittering fairyland What once had fluttered down in the midst of ravening death and the shrill noise of destruction now hung silent and shiny on the trees and had become silver and a shimmering and the memory of childhood stories and the great festival of peace Oh man I said as I finished it, but I don t want to spoil the end for anyone Why is this not as popular as All Quiet on the Western Front Like All Quiet, it s about a young German soldier in WWII, but this one has a great love story and was three timespleasurable for me note Don t read this if you re a recovering alcoholic because on every page, someone is drinking something.update Oops, I mean WWI. This book was quite amazing It is from the viewpoint of a Nazi soldier who gets to go home from war He finds out that things home are terrible, everything is turned upside down He falls in love and among the chaos there are moments of peace and beauty There is amazing social commentary on concepts such as collective guilt, our responsibility to standing up to evil and war The ending of the book is quite haunting and i cant wait to readof his books