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From Here to Eternity

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Author(s): James Jones
Format: Book › Paperback all formats
Published: 10-13-1998
ISBN: 9780385333641
Pages: 864
Publisher: Delta
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James Jones is one of the great masters of the war novel. He was himself a soldier during World War II and has used his experiences as a basis for various war books he wrote later on. His best-known books are From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line. In From Here to Eternity, James Jones outlines the courage, passion and struggle of men and women who live on the basis of an unspoken code of honor and in unspeakable despair.

Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941, just before the attack on Pearl Harbor: Robert E. Lee Prewitt is an exemplary soldier. However, if he refuses to become a member of the company's boxing team, he gets a "treatment" that will break him or kill him. First Sergeant Milton Anthony Warden is a better soldier than most who put his career at stake by starting a relationship with his commander's wife. Warden and Prewitt are connected by their destiny: the army is everything for them in life, but they are likely to while serving in that army too ...

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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.


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This is a long, satisfying, commanding novel of the soldiers who were poised on the brink of real manhood when World War II flung them unceremoniously into that abyss. Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt is the nonconformist hero who refuses to box at Schofield Barracks and is slowly destroyed by his own rebelliousness. Around him, others are fighing their own small battles--and losing. It's worth noting that Jones' 1951 audience was shocked by his frank language and the sexual preoccupations of his characters.

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