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The World War II Trilogy: From Here to Eternity, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle Kindle Edition
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"Whistle" is another matter entirely. Jones died before he could finish it, so the last 10% or so is just an outline of the story. Even the other 90% of it is unpolished. Bits of text get repeated. A character speaks like a hayseed in one chapter but like a scholar in another. I seriously doubt the author wanted anyone looking at this; it's a one-star story, and I only say that about books (usually self-published) that I think shouldn't have been published at all.
Chronologically, Whistle happens *after* "The Thin Red Line" so I'm not sure why they placed it in the middle of this collection. If one is to read it at all, it should certainly be read last.
Arguably it makes more sense to buy "From Here to Eternity" and "The Thin Red Line" separately, assuming the pricing works out. Just be sure to get the unabridged ones; the original editors apparently cut a lot of "controversial" material from the original editions.
From Here To Eternity will shock some folks who have only seen the film. It is amazing that James Jones, especially in the stifling post war era, wrote such a candid, brutal and sexually vivid portrait of the peace time Army. The Pearl Harbor scenes, Jones was actually at Peral during the attack, are priceless. Peace time Pearl is not for Puritans.
The Thin Red Line is the best novel about the brutal combat in the Pacific during World War Two. Again Jones was there and was haunted by its brutality, savagery and utter inhumanity for the rest of his life. It is not a John Wayne view no glory lives here..only chaos, violence, fear, anger, pain, hate and death.
Jones died while writing Whistle but segments of it offer glimpses of his greatness. It is a look at recovering veterans, particularly PTSD inflicted World War Two ones, seldom offered in a flag waving era.
David E. Meadows
Capt-ret U.S. Navy
Author of the Sixth Fleet series
This no pro-war novel. Every chapter asks the question, what was it all about? Rank and file soldiers are sent as cannon fodder into hopeless situations for, as one character puts it "property".
In this time of perpetual warfare this is an essential read for anyone thinking there was a glory time for the US military.
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The writing is a bit uneven, but the story is compelling. WWII was over before I was born, but I grew up watching glorified movies of the era. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Michael R. Duncan
The worst boob ever written from which a very good movie was made.
If you saw the movie, NEVER read the book. (From here to Eternity )
A fine book to read about the aspects of World War ll. To read a book like this is really special because it takes you back in time with our soldiers.Published on February 26, 2013 by louie
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