From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

Book - 1998
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Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood . . .and, possibly, their death.

In this magnificent but brutal classic of a soldier's life, James Jones portrays the courage, violence and passions of men and women who live by unspoken codes and with unutterable despair. . .in the most important American novel to come out of World War II, a masterpiece that captures as no ther the honor and savagery of men.

From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Delta, 1998
ISBN: 9780385333641
Branch Call Number: CL JONE
Characteristics: 850 p.


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Apr 03, 2018

Hey! Now - (Don't get me wrong here) - I certainly don't expect every book that I pick up to be a "quik-read" - But - Let me tell ya - (At 860 pages) - This sprawling work of fiction, by James Jones, sure cried out for some serious editing. Yep. It sure did.

This semi-autobiographical book took a very pessimistic and belligerent look at being an American soldier (living amongst one's fellow soldiers) stationed in Hawaii throughout WW2 (before, during, and after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour).

Published back in 1951 - As you're sure to find out - The Hollywood movie-version of "From Here To Eternity" is so shamelessly sanitized that it's actually hard to believe it was, in fact, really adapted from Jones's graphically negative book.

*Note* - In 1977 - James Jones (56 at the time) died of heart failure.

(*Watch "James Jones" video-clip*)

Dec 04, 2014

I was planning a trip to Pearl Harbor and thought I'd read this first. Man, it is long. James Jones's classic (he also wrote "The Thin Red Line," which is better) is a heavyweight of a book: big, brawling, boozing, brawny. Like some of Mailer's novels (he also wrote a WW2 book), it knocks you around until you've had enough. I'm not sure if Jones had an editor on this, but he certainly could've cut some parts from this over 800 page doorstop. For those who've seen the movie, which is much more streamlined, this is much more vulgar and seedy, with whorehouses, "queer" bashing, racial slurs, and liberal use of the f-bomb. I didn't dislike it, but it was a bit of a long slog (it'll only feel like an eternity!) and I'm glad to be done with it. PS: the title comes from Kipling.

Dec 06, 2010

1952 National Book Award - Fiction

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