From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

by James Jones
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From Here to Eternity by James Jones

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385333641
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/13/1998
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 110,634
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.75(d)

About the Author

James Jones (1921–1977), one of the major novelists of his generation, is known primarily as the author of fiction that probes the effects of World War II on the individual soldier. Born in Robinson, Illinois, Jones entered the U.S. Army and had the distinction of being the only individual who would become a major writer to witness the attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor. A member of the U.S. 27th Infantry Regiment, Jones was wounded at Guadalcanal and returned to Robinson, where he started to write about his experiences. After shelving his unpublished first novel, They Shall Inherit the Laughter, Jones completed the critically acclaimed international bestseller From Here to Eternity. Jones’s other novels are Some Came Running, The Pistol, The Thin Red Line, A Touch of Danger, and Whistle.

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From Here to Eternity 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read about US Army life. It is remarkable that many think of it as the best book written about World War II when it really concerns itself very little with the war itself .It is rich with memorable characters, Prewitt and Maggio especially .Its harsh, realistic yet in some way romantic view of life is at once appealing , and repelling. Reading it many years ago as an adolescent , I was filled with dread at its picture of how indifferent nature and society could be to the well- being of individuals.I highly recommend this work while nonetheless warning of the bleakness of its ultimate view of life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest books in creation. It portrays the life of a soldier on a deeper level than the common perception that soldiers live life only to fighting. These are real people going through the same struggles as any other. Beautifully written and strikingly relatable.
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James Jones' 'The Thin Red Line' is one of my favorite books of all-time. After reading 'From Here to Eternity', however, I can't say James Jones will ever be one of my favorite authors. About two hundred pages into it, I realized that there was no plot whatsoever. Jones merely wastes hundreds of pages describing the monotonous army life (no combat) during World War II. The characters can be quite interesting, but I had trouble finding anything worthwhile or redeeming about the book. I can only ask the other reviewers: What was the point of all that? Why was that worth reading?