Posts In: death

Arch of Triumph

March 30, 2017 Novel

Arch of Triumph is one of the most beautiful European novels of the XX century. A novel about love, war and death. And I know that in this book there are despair, sadness, pain, I know it… and still open the first page… Four people. A man, a miserable romantic, devoid of illusions and temporarily named in this short life as Ravic. A woman, amazon with aqua eyes, Joan. A professional surgeon, the best of the best, who has to hide from the police in someone another country, without betraying himself, working in secret, giving all his merits to another. An actress, realizing that her talent is not perfect, bright and emotional, different from many and dreaming of being loved and admired. What unites them? Of course, love. Tragic, somewhat crazy, but still love. They are amazing, it is impossible not to fall in love with them. And how Joan changes throughout the book! For the first time we meet an indifferent to everything, “an empty woman”, and by the end she gets more beautiful. And at the same time she changes Ravic, turning his life upside down, shaking up the old memories. This is not an ordinary book. It’s the whole life, that gives you...

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The Neverending Story

March 19, 2017 Fantasy novel, Narrative

his mother died, and his father does not notice him. In fact, it is a real tragedy when a person can not accept the loss of a loved one that he begins to lost the reality. Bastian is nothing for his father. And then one day the father finds out in a completely practical example, that the reality can be different – his son can go to school and not return. As it turns out later, he didn’t get to school at all. And where did little Bastian go? Was he kidnapped? – No. Killed? Bastian steals a book at a bookstore. After stealing the book, the boy got delayed at the bookstore, accordingly, he was late for the lesson, frightened being laughed at, he did not want to go there and so he did not go to the school at all… The boy needs a refuge. What can be a better refuge than an attic? A terrible attic, where there are an old mirror, dusty candlesticks, a broken phonograph. These things make the attic magical. And Bastian is reading the book in the attic. He is reading until he does not get to its pages. But moreover, the characters are getting closer and closer to the reader, and now, the moment comes when...

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Three Comrades

February 14, 2017 Novel

Remarque is truthful. Remarque leaves no illusions. It is a heartfelt, sincere novel about friendship and love.

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The Black Obelisk

January 5, 2017 Novel

The Black Obelisk is a masterpiece of artistic creation written by Erich Maria Remarque. Time has no hold on the eternal values ​​of classical literature...

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The Trial

December 19, 2016 Novel

The main questions that appear in the head after reading (and during the reading) of this book can be formulated like this: what was it? What is it about? For whom is it? What to do and how to be? Bearing in mind the reputation of Franz Kafka, these are very topical issues, unambiguous answers to which can not be given by any person in the world. Honestly. This novel just shows us the picky bureaucratic machine. The author shows us everything as it is and how it should not be! Oh God, how many are the secret meanings in the book! The world of The Trial is surprisingly ordinary-looking and striking by its everyday life. What can we say about the main hero – Josef K.? He is an ordinary bank officer, a white collar. An ordinary everyman living a quiet and routine life. Josef K. is a man who lives and works, knowing practically nothing about the real life. He is aperson without specific interests and hobbies. A person is both deep and superficial, many people love and respect him. A man who for the time being has not personally faced with a bureaucratic machine in its pure form. It was very symbolic and entertaining to see how our...

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Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of a Woman

December 14, 2016 Novella

Austrian writer Stefan Zweig, like no other, was able to frankly and at the same time tactfully describe the most intimate experiences of human being. Zweig’s novels have fascinating plots, full of dramatic tension. The writer shows us how defenseless the human heart is, how fatal are human destinies and what a person can do when he or she loves someone. It is a brilliant novella. It tells about the tragedy of a woman who, at her own request, spoiled her life, about her sacrificial love. Frau Wagner is young, rich and beautiful lady. She has a wonderful husband – a successful lawyer, she also has two beautiful children, a good house, but she lacked emotions in her life, she wanted adventures. But, as it is known, any man who wants something can find it! She has everything, carefree and secure life, the help of nurse with children, a caring and loving husband, and social status. It would seem that everything in her life is good, the one thing she has to do is to enjoy the life! But as you know, when everything is good, people get bored and need to find troubles! And Henriette finds. So she finds a young lover. Is it love? Or passion? Only the trouble, it turns...

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A Wild Ride Through the Night

December 11, 2016 Novel

A Wild Ride Through the Night is a novel by German writer Walter Moers. The story turned out to be an unusual, unexpected, full of allusions to well-known stories and texts and, at the same time, ironic and grotesque. A dreamy teenager, a twelve-year-old captain, gets trapped in a storm arranged by raging Siamese Twins Tornado, and the only one of the entire crew of the ship remains alive. On the empty deck of the ship brother and sister appear (their names usually do not say at night), who bet on his soul and offer him six tasks to save it, thereby determining the future life and fate of the little brave navigator… He must get into the realm of the dead, but certainly he does not want to, so he bets with Death. Do not die, young Gustave needs to complete six impossible tasks. Now the boy has to save the beauty from the paws of the Dragon, go through a forest full of ghosts, guess the names of the five giants, fight the Most Monstrous of all Monsters, meet himself and eventually get the sixth task. Then begins a whirlwind of adventures and events, meetings and dialogues, which can only be compared with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis...

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