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Such is the ultimate significance of war in The Thin Red Line (1962), James Jones's fictional account of the battle between American and Japanese troops on the island of Guadalcanal. The narrative shifts effortlessly among multiple viewpoints within C-for-Charlie Company, from commanding officer Capt. James Stein, his psychotic first sergeant Eddie Welsh, and the young privates they send into battle. The descriptions of combat conditions--and the mental states it induces--are unflinchingly realistic, including the dialog (in which a certain word Norman Mailer rendered as "fug" 15 years earlier in The Naked and the Dead appears properly spelled on numerous occasions). This is more than a classic of combat fiction; it is one of the most significant explorations of male identity in American literature, establishing Jones as a novelist of the caliber of Herman Melville and Stephen Crane.
Excellent. After "From Here to Eternity"
I had to read the whole trilogy. I just ordered a hard bound Here to Eternity so I would have the whole set. Read more
A lot of action and a better understanding of the problems our military was facing at the beginning of WW II. Read morePublished 8 days ago by donzic
I gave this a four star rating because the author was a combat veteran of the war in the South Pacific. I think it deserves consideration for that reason alone. Read morePublished 8 days ago by David H. Hiley
I looked forward to this book but was soon disappointed. The language the characters are using is not from the 1940's... it is what you might hear today. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Joe Young
Realistic fiction - well written, although a bit difficult to initially get into.Published 23 days ago by Rebecca Smith