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Shadows in Paradise: A Novel Paperback – June 9, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; 1st Ballantine Books ed edition (June 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449912485
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449912485
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Quagga on November 8, 2003
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.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2000
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 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Goubanova on August 5, 2007
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.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rita Jerins on June 12, 2009
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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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