From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

eBook - 2011
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James Jones's epic story of army life in the calm before Pearl Harbor.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2011
ISBN: 9781453215111
1453215115
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Bang_On
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*)

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lukasevansherman
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.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 06, 2010

1952 National Book Award - Fiction

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