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☆ From Here to Eternity » JamesJones - From Here to Eternity, From Here to Eternity From Here to Eternity is a novel by James Jones winner of the Nat l Book Award for fiction in It was ranked on Modern Library s list of the Best Novels It s loosely based on Jones experie
9 10 I feel exhausted, emotionally drained, as if I had run a marathon, all dressed up in full military kit Reading James Jones is often hard work, but there is also the satisfaction of reaching the finish line and knowing you achieved something great Because, even as I think that a good editor could have cut the text in half and still achieve the same effect, I know that James Jones has captured the spirit of army life in the 1940 s flawlessly, that the ocean of trivial details from the lives o [...]
For years this has just been that super long WWII novel about Hawaii during Pearl Harbor that I knew was supposed to be good but never could bring myself to read So when I finally read it, I was pretty surprised that it wasn t anything that I was expecting.This is held up as a WWII novel But its NOT a war novel It s a novel about peacetime soldiers The book takes place over the full year of 1941, and Pearl Harbor happens near the end, and is not what the book is about.This is a book about what i [...]
Hell of a book Feminist characters Cuckolded husbands actually, everyone gets cuckolded Homosexuals debating at length the nature of their sexual orientation Proto Hippie gurus Non conformist rebels And, an Army story in there somewhere too Must ve been very heady stuff for 1951 I can t believe it was even published back then Great book Great summer read Could ve used less grinning Oh yeah not to make too much of an understatement if you ve seen the film you ve really only scratched the surface [...]
An epic read and an epic story This book took me literally months to finish, but I m so glad that I did It was well worth the effort.I d always had a hankering to read this book, purely for the fact that Frank Sinatra was obsessed with getting a role in the movie of the same title, to revive his then flagging career I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, and how believable I found the characters to be James Jones certainly had a knack for getting right into the character s heads, and m [...]
It s really very interesting Not this book, which is in my view a complete waste of time, but the whole concept of the middlebrow novel, a genre that has disappeared Being new here at , I ve spent quite some time wandering around and jiggering all the bells and whistles And I ve seen hundreds and hundreds of book titles and authors, both those chosen by members and those otherwise included and promoted on the website And while of course I can find old mid 20th Century middlebrow novels if I spec [...]
Love the movie with Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Cliff, Burt Lancester, Deborah Kerr I have had the book on the shelf for probably close to 30 years,and never read it till now I need to rewatch the movie again nowis book is greatI enjoyed it,and it went into a lot details about the characters lives, then any movie ever could,and it was heavy on the military life, and what it s like to be a soldier in those days I would recommend this to anyoned it s a first in a trilogy, which I didn t know The Th [...]
Society can be considered a fabric that surrounds us It s a warm blanket that has been pieced together to suit our way of life and our collective needs Society, keeps us safe, wards off isolation, and also defines the possibilities of our success But society is not tailor made It is lumpy where it s been stretched and binding in the places that have never been touched Regardless of who we are, however, we must live with the fit that society affords us or suffer the consequences of living without [...]
Of course, you hear them say, the book was much better than the movie And while we ve heard this observation time and again, no one really elaborates as to why Then, too, I suspect that in instances when the movie was the original, inspired creation, and the book was the one riding the coattails as in the novelized versions of Dark Knight and Terminator the opposite is true The movie is much better than the book Someone else might have to corroborate this idea, because I, for one, have never and [...]
From 1940 to 1973 all able bodied men in United States army were required to serve in the American military for 2 years During this 33 period there were 16 years of war and 17 years of peace The experience of military service spawned many excellent novels reflecting on life in the military and on the military vocation From Here to Eternity is one of my favourite in the bunch.Although, From Here to Eternity might be classified as a war novel because the events of the last several chapters take pl [...]
Now I know why this story looks so familiar to me a movie was made based on this booK From Here to Eternity 1953 with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr.From In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit s team, while his captain s wife and second in command are falling in love.
After hearing nothing but good things about this book I couldn t wait to read it To say I was disappointed would be an understatement I think it was a New York Times Review that said this book was The best book to come out of WWII Obviously they didn t read Battle Cry by Leon Uris or Once An Eagle by Anton Myrer and a whole host of other books that I found to be much better reads I m all about setting the scene and giving the reader a real since of what the character is feeling But when page aft [...]
When James Jones died the Army lost one of its own Here was a soldier, a man with an abiding regard for things military Many novelists treat war and the Army but only with a passing interest They write one book and get it out of their systems For Jones, From Here to Eternity was the start of a lifelong study of what it means to be a soldier To the day he died he thought like a soldier Other writers delve into high society or family life or la vie boheme Jones was at his best when he explored the [...]
How can a book about war, with no war in it, be so damned compelling This is a total masterpiece.
Originally published by Scribner in 1951, James Jones novel was heavily edited to, purportedly, get it past the censors of the time To present a tasteful image of life in the military Now, thanks to Jones family and OpenRoad Media, we can read the book as it was written.In the wake of the Depression, military service was the only option for many young men in America Men who were poor, poorly educated, or poor of spirit had few choices in the early 20th century.On an Army base in Hawaii, in the [...]
Many veterans who have read Mr Jones s novel assert it was an accurate portrayal of the times in the Army I ll take their word for it The closest I ever came to serving in the military was joining the Cub Scouts and playing with my G.I Joe action figure a.k.a doll when I was a kid The novel revolves two major characters, Robert E Lee Prewitt and Milton Anthony Warden There are other notable individuals such as Angelo Maggio, Dana Holmes, and the cook Maylon Stark The two major women characters K [...]
There are apparently three options for the Army men serving in Hawaii in the days just before Pearl Harbor get an island girl or some other Asian or Pacific Islander in a shack visit one of the many, many local whorehouses if you have 15, apparently you can even go around the world or get liquored up courtesy of a wealthy, gay sugardaddy That was a scene you didn t see closeted Montgomery Clift and Frank m f ing Sinatra play in the movie version And it was one of the many surprises in this epic [...]
This book is grim and dark, but also beautiful and wonderful Each character is believable and understandable, and that makes some brutal events in the book have that much impact I mean that both in the sense that as a reader I sympathized with characters as events happened to them, but also in situations where I understood why a character acted out negatively or in a self destructive way.Jones style can be a bit tricky to follow, especially when he launches into a long stream of consciousness p [...]
I am giving up at 152 pages Close to 20 pages of a poker game held in the latrine, complete with slang that I don t understand and the clash of male egos, plus nearly a whole chapter lamenting the lack of funds to visit a brothel I just can t keep on Jones writing is wordy and bloated, even so than Stephen King s On to something to my taste Note to self stop trying to read classics, modern or otherwise, or books on any kind of must read list.
Read about From Here to Eternity this morning in Joan Didion s essay In the Islands from The White Album A good discussion and excerpt of the essay sheilaomalley p 55284
Please re title as Reading for Eternity.This book is WAY too long My version was 852 pages And I disliked most of them I could have read it in far less than the 5 months it actually took me, if I hadn t kept putting it down and picking up interesting books.James Jones can be a very good writer, but not as good as he thought or others thought he was I hated the stream of consciousness portions with sentences that went on for inches and paragraphs that were almost the length of entire pages I hat [...]
Even if you have seen the movie you don t know the full story In fact the version I read on Kindle is a restored version with all the cut words and passages that 1950 s censors would not allow for publication Character development was incredible and to me that was the book s strongest feature Jones allows the reader to see the heart and the soul of the main characters The story is based on Jones personal experience in Hawaii in the US Army and ends with the bombing of Pearl Harbor This book is t [...]
The beginning was a bit slow.I almost abandoned the book, but hung in there.WOW Great book in the end Closest book like this I can think of is A Prayer for Owen Meany BTS Stockade scenes were actual events from personal experience from the author.
That Kiss And this one.Lemme take a breath OK breatheWhoa, what a kiss of fiction this was Some books are worth the hype, some kisses worth waiting for What a behemoth, what a forever Read it, army brats or otherwise.This is for all.
I nowadays rarely read novels but did this one after seeing the film The Thin Red Line and reading various reviews of James Jones novels I could not put this down Wonderful story and great writing that had me loving every word and moment.
This is an epic sized book of almost nine hundred pages which takes place in the late 1941 months preceding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Despite the book s size, I don t remember ever being tired of the thing It is totally engrossing, due mainly to the indelible characters who populate it The main character is Private Robert E Lee Prewitt, an ex bugler who has just been assigned to Company G of an infantry regiment stationed at Schofield Barracks on Oahu He did extracurricular service as [...]
WARNING Este review incluye cebadura que puede herir su objetividad.Despu s de leer Moby dick, sent que ten a que crear una categor a m s arriba de la que ocupaban mis libros favoritos Pod a elegirla como mi novela favorita o no, pero lo que me parec a indiscutible es que en volumen me hab a ofrecido mucho m s que cualquier otra anterior Ten a s mbolos tan fuertes que pod an usarse de mil maneras, y tan fascinantes que me impulsaban a hacerlo, no una sino varias veces Me daba la sensaci n de que [...]
From Here to Eternity, by James Jones, is an unusual novel in that its subject is life in the military, not during war, but in peacetime Specifically, the novel follows the lives of two enlisted men, Warden and Prewitt, who are stationed in Hawaii during the year leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor At its core, it is a novel about how people respond to being trapped by their circumstances Prewitt, who I think is the novel s most compelling character, feels that he cannot take any action tha [...]
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is the big book Though probably not read as much today, it remains a huge achievement in American letters This was the debut novel of James Jones, and it made him a literary sensation overnight Published in 1951, it won the National Book Award beating out Salinger s THE CATCHER IN THE RYE the following year and was later turned into the Oscar winning film This is a tough, honest story about men in the peacetime army in the days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and it cap [...]
Actually 4 stars At first I felt it was slow moving and nearly gave up, but then I realized I was waiting for the action Pearl Harbor I was impatient The book is really about the peacetime army in the time before the attack As readers we were precognizant of something the characters were not The book opened up for me andI began to see Jones as a gifted writer a wordsmith who painted a picture It was writing to savor and situations to ponder not a quick read The characters came alive and I was ho [...]
Maybe its because Im a woman, maybe its because Im not into war stories, or stories of soldiers, but this book was boring I found the main character incredibly self absorbed and uninteresting I think the only part I did enjoy was the very end spoiler alert when the Pearl Harbor was first attacked and the soldiers excitement The rest just didnt do it for me.