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From Here to Eternity Paperback – October 13, 1998
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One reviewer criticized the book for its pacing: there are slow sections and faster moving chapters, but this is an accurate reflection of military life, where you will have boredom alternating with intense excitement. So Jones just reflects the world he depicts in his pacing.
There are only two crucial works of fiction about World War II which must be read: From Here to Eternity and James Gould Cozzens' Guard of Honor. The action is minimal in both (non-existent in Guard of Honor: it all takes place on a Florida airbase over the course of a weekend) but both capture the times like no other book. They complement each other, too, with Jones capturing the life of enlisted men and Cozzens doing the same for officers.
One word of warning, however. If you are of a mind to read Norman Mailer's The Naked and the Dead (not that I recommend it), read Mailer first. Once you've read Jones, you will not be able to wade through Mailers' sophomoric, tedious, preachy tome. At the end of 900 pages of From Here to Eternity, I was sorry to see the book end. After 50 pages of The Naked and the Dead, I feared that it never would.
Private Robert E. Lee "Prew" Prewitt, having grown up dirt poor in eastern Kentucky and spent much of his adolescence as a vagrant, does not have many options in life and serves in the Infantry with the intention of being a career soldier. When the novel begins, he has just transferred into G Company where, much to the chagrin of his superior officers First Sergeant Milton Warden and company commander Captain Holmes, he is unwilling to join the boxing team despite the fact that he is a champion welterweight. His superiors try to break him by putting him through systematic psychological intimidation they call "The Treatment." Prew is wise to their motives, but accepts it with cynical indifference.
Meanwhile, Warden is having a clandestine affair with Holmes's wife Karen, whose promiscuity is a rebellion against her imposed domestic lifestyle as an Army wife. Prew also has a love interest, a prostitute named Lorene, who provides sanctuary when he gets into trouble.
The climactic incident of Prew's "treatment" occurs when he gets in a scuffle with a sergeant named Old Ike (who, oddly enough, talks like Yoda).Read more ›
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Having seen the movie many times, on this 3rd read I use the faces of Lancaster. Clift, Sinatra and the very yummy Deborah Kerr when I read it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Douglas Howard
How R. Royce found himself in the Army is a story in and of itself. At the conclusion of the Viet Nam Conflict, the Nixon administration terminated the draft. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles Scott
Couldn't finish it. Shouldn't have called it predictable, because I didn't read much of it.Published 4 months ago by FMG
It was interesting reading a book written from a strictly male point of viewPublished 4 months ago by Eileen Feliciano
Great book.This is a well written book with an excellent story line. It is well written and really draws you in. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Thomas Jefferson
Life in the army is difficult even in peaceful times. Days are an equal mixture of stress and tedium, and soldiers do what they can to muddle through. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Luciano