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But in a time of war, love seems a world away. And sometimes, temporary comfort can lead to something unexpected and redeeming. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Ernst Graeber , Elisabeth Kruse , Prof. Pohlmann , Alfons Binding. Germany Russia. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. 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.

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.

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 but more so under the rule of Luck.

But this earns the full five stars more so because it so naturally detonates Literature's primary payload: it dramatizes the complexity of humanity more clearly 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.

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.

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 , 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.

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View all 7 comments. Oct 09, Sonia Reppe rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , 5stars , classics , world-lit.

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 times more pleasurable for me. View all 4 comments. 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 read more of his books. Jul 16, Cassio Queiros rated it it was amazing Shelves: classics-romance. Remarque's best book- profoundly moving without every slopping over into sentimentality ; an angry book, accepting the responsibility of the canker at the heart of Germany for Germans at all levels; at times an ugly and at times a beautiful book, penetrating the surface of attitudes and acceptances, of "man's inhumanity to man", and of the spark that occasionally lights t " Remarque's best book- profoundly moving without every slopping over into sentimentality ; an angry book, accepting the responsibility of the canker at the heart of Germany for Germans at all levels; at times an ugly and at times a beautiful book, penetrating the surface of attitudes and acceptances, of "man's inhumanity to man", and of the spark that occasionally lights the darkest corners.

Brilliant analysis of this powerful and memorable anti-war novel by Erich Maria Remarque. But it is also a beautiful and poignant love story. And in the end, with tears in my eyes, I remembered Virgil's words Aeneid vi. Wars, terrible wars! View 2 comments. Apr 21, Veleka Georgieva rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A Time to Love and a Time to Die is a marvelous book which, despite being very dark and hard to read at times, turned out to be my sweet escape from the real world.

It issues World War II, but it can really refer to any everyday routine which seems to suck the life out of us. Because despite there being a very clear story and storyline, this book is above everything else a search for peace, for love, for hope. What I was left with in the end was not the image of the cold muddy Russian fields — I A Time to Love and a Time to Die is a marvelous book which, despite being very dark and hard to read at times, turned out to be my sweet escape from the real world. What I was left with in the end was not the image of the cold muddy Russian fields — I was left with that beautiful small house which resembled paradise in the middle of hell.

I was left with a beautiful love story which started so suddenly and lasted so short, but which never really ended.

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I was left with so many questions when I turned the last page. I was sad, I was surprised, I was angry, and I was crushed having finally understood the damn title. Why did he have to die? And why did that happen just when he finally stood up for himself, for what he believed was right and for those ungrateful wolves undercover who he thought to be innocent?

This book is the very example of how cruel life sometimes can be, but also of how genius an average man can be.

I marvel at the change in the main character from the beginning until the end of the book. And the most horrible thing after all was the fact that only he and his wife were changed, and everything else remained the same. The devastating truth is that Graeber was no one in the face of war, and he was no one in the face of history. And perhaps, there was more than one Graeber in the battlefield. Jul 16, Walter rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction-historical-wwii.

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I have always been a fan of Erich Maria Remarque's novel "All Quiet on the Western Front", which I consider to be one of the best war novels ever written. I had hoped that "A Time" would live up to the high standards of "All Quiet". I was not disappointed. Set in World War II, it is the story of Ernst Grueber, a soldier in the German Army on the Russian Front who, after two years of constant combat, is suddenly granted a three week leave. He goes home, excited to put the devastation and privation of war behind him and enjoy the luxuries of home.

But when he gets to his hometown, he finds the same blown up buildings, the same human misery, the same piles of bodies that he saw in Russia and Africa and France and other places where he had served with the Wehrmacht.

The Nazis had brought the horrors of war to so many other countries since Now, the allies had taken to bombing the town, and the bombing raids brought the horror of war home to Germany. But even worse than the bombing raids, the Nazi party had turned neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother, until nobody could speak openly about anything. It seems that the Nazis destroyed Germany once, and the allies destroyed the country a second time.

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