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Shadows in Paradise: A Novel [Paperback]

Erich Maria Remarque , Ralph Manheim
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June 9 1998
A haunting classic from the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, Shadows in Paradise reveals the deepest scars of the men and women who experienced the Holocaust.
 
After years of hiding and surviving near death in a concentration camp, Ross is finally safe. Now living in New York City among old friends, far from Europe’s chilling atrocities, Ross soon meets Natasha, a beautiful model and fellow émigré, a warm heart to help him forget his cold memories.
 
Yet even as the war draws to its violent close, Ross cannot find peace. Demons still pursue him. Whether they are ghosts from the past or the guilt of surviving, he does not know. For he is only beginning to understand that freedom is far from easy—and that paradise, however perfect, has a price.
 
“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”—The New York Times Book Review

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“The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”—The New York Times Book Review

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ERICH MARIA REMARQUE

"A great writer . . . He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend his language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure."
--The New York Times Book Review

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I had arrived a few months before on a freighter from Lisbon and knew little English-it was as though I had been dropped deaf and dumb from another planet. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars The story of World War II refugees in America March 22 2000
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Format:Paperback
Remarque, best known for "All Quiet On the Western Front", tells the story of Ross (or Roger), a refugee from Germany who arrives in the United States to find a new life. Written in the first person, the story is primarily set in New York City during the final year of World War II.
Roger and his friends are plagued by memories of the atrocities that occurred. They recount stories of concentration camps, tortures and close calls. The refugees must also deal with friends and family who they had to leave behind. They also struggle to find work and must deal with the rapid changes their lives have undergone. The story also has a love affair between a refugee model Natasha and Roger. Remarque fans will find that Ravic, from "Arch of Triumph", is in the book, although his part is minor and is never officially acknowledged as belonging to the previous book (although the similarities exist).
I wasn't that happy with the book. Aside from the refugee's attempts at becoming Americans and their memories, there was very little tension in the book. Natasha's and Roger's love affair was dubious at best and they seemed to be an odd combination. However, Remarque's brilliant and insightful dialogue saved the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is not an authorized version! Nov. 8 2003
By Quagga - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Unknown Binding
The reason why this book seems so dull and lifeless is that Remarque never intended to publish this version. Remarque was in the habit of completely rewriting his manuscripts several times over; this is how most of his books evolved. At his death several manuscript versions of "Shadows in Paradise" existed, but the last one was unfinished, ending halfway in chapter 21. His widow, Paulette Goddard-Remarque and the German publisher Droemer-Knaur tried to make a fast dollar and deliberately chose one of the older manuscript versions for publication.
Marc W. Kuester studied the manuscripts from the author's estate and was able to provide evidence that the published version had been discarded by Remarque and that he was rewriting the novel with a new concept when he died. The claim made by Goddard and executor Felix Guggenheim that the printed version was the ultimate one is a lie.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The story of World War II refugees in America March 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Remarque, best known for "All Quiet On the Western Front", tells the story of Ross (or Roger), a refugee from Germany who arrives in the United States to find a new life. Written in the first person, the story is primarily set in New York City during the final year of World War II.
Roger and his friends are plagued by memories of the atrocities that occurred. They recount stories of concentration camps, tortures and close calls. The refugees must also deal with friends and family who they had to leave behind. They also struggle to find work and must deal with the rapid changes their lives have undergone. The story also has a love affair between a refugee model Natasha and Roger. Remarque fans will find that Ravic, from "Arch of Triumph", is in the book, although his part is minor and is never officially acknowledged as belonging to the previous book (although the similarities exist).
I wasn't that happy with the book. Aside from the refugee's attempts at becoming Americans and their memories, there was very little tension in the book. Natasha's and Roger's love affair was dubious at best and they seemed to be an odd combination. However, Remarque's brilliant and insightful dialogue saved the book.
4.0 out of 5 stars you will not be cheer up but good read Aug. 3 2014
By tom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
well written and interesting story. after reading all of Erich Maria Remarque books about wars and how they effect people this is about people running from war, not the best of Remarque's books but still much better than the average printed today.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beutiful Classic Aug. 5 2007
By Goubanova - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A colourful description of after-war america, contrasted against europe, from the wondering mind of a german exile. Beutiful character development, insights and language. Very artistic, wery well written.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadows in Paradise by Erich Maria Remarque June 12 2009
By Rita Jerins - Published on Amazon.com
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This is hard cover used book. It came on time and is in a very good condition. I am happy about the purchase.

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Rita Jerins
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