Book cover from From Here to Eternityby James Jones
Book cover 'From Here to Eternity'

From Here to Eternity

BUY NOW
$14.43
-20% on list price
Used from $1.26  New from $7.88
(as of 12/16/2017 23:07 PST - Details)
Author(s): James Jones
Format: Book › Paperback all formats
Published: 10-13-1998
ISBN: 0385333641
Pages: 864
Publisher: Delta
List Price: $18.00

BooksToRead Review

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 ...

Book description

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.

Book review

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.

Similar books to 'From Here to Eternity'

Product picture for The Thin Red Line: A Novelby James Jones
Paperback
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...
Book cover from Whistle (The World War II Trilogy)by James Jones
Paperback
The third novel in Jones’s classic World War II trilogy: a moving story of four World War II infantrymen coping with the difficulties of recovering...
Book cover from The Naked and the Dead: 50th Anniversary Editionby Norman Mailer
Paperback
Norman Mailer is an American writer (1923-2007) who wrote his debut novel in 1948 with The Naked and the Dead, a few years after the end of World War...
Book cover from The Caine Mutiny: A Novelby Herman Wouk
Paperback
The Novel that Inspired the Now-Classic Film The Caine Mutiny and the Hit Broadway Play The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic,...
Book cover from Whistleby James Jones
Hardcover
The third novel in Jones’s classic World War II trilogy: a moving story of four World War II infantrymen coping with the difficulties of recovering...
Book cover from From Here to Eternityby James Jones
DVD
In this landmark film, passion and tragedy collide on a military base as a fateful day in December 1941 draws near. Private Prewitt (Montgomery...
Movie cover for The Wapshot Chronicle (Perennial Classics)by John Cheever
Paperback
When The Wapshot Chronicle was published in 1957, John Cheever was already recognized as a writer of superb short stories. But The Wapshot Chronicle,...
Book cover from The Young Lionsby Irwin Shaw
Paperback
The Young Lions is a vivid and classic novel that portrays the experiences of ordinary soldiers fighting World War II. Told from the points of view...
Book cover from Deliverance (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)by James Dickey
Paperback
The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the states most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing...
Book cover from A High Wind in Jamaicaby Richard Hughes
Paperback
Richard Hughes's celebrated short novel is a masterpiece of concentrated narrative. Its dreamlike action begins among the decayed plantation houses...