From Here to Eternity
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 ...
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.