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Whistle: A Work-In-Progress Paperback – June, 1974

ISBN-13: 978-0897230179 ISBN-10: 0897230175 Edition: Limited

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Bruccoli-Clark; Limited edition (June 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897230175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897230179
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,178,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By motom@coredcs.com on November 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
James Jones seems to have a reputation for being an author stuck on WWII. Whistle is indeed about an aspect of WWII. But like all of James Jones's work, he brings a sense of "truth" to this an all of his other books. Jones knew the difference between a bronze star and the CIB. He also knew the difference between getting "laid" and making love. He also knew the difference between a thesaurus and well woven words.

I consider James Jones to be one of the greatest American writers of our time....although Pat Conroy and Beach Music is right up there.

No one that I have ever read has been able to render the anger and frustration of the combat veteran into words the way Jones did.

He also knew that he was dying as he tried to finish Whistle. Many would say to hell with it, and enjoy the last days of their lives. Jones felt an obligation to get his vision...his memory...down on paper before the grim reaper took its final toll.

Anyone who hasn't read Whistle is certainly missing something in their life when they wake up every mornng. It is somewhat like going through life without having read Catch-22. How can one?

Suffice it to say that James Jones is one of the finest writers in the 20th century. And while I've read that he felt Some Came Running would be the book that he would be remembered for, Whistle is the culmination of his work...of his life.
Anyone who hasn't read it is missing something very important.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 24, 1998
Format: Paperback
This novel was not finished by its author,but it is great bookas it is.I'd read it several years ago and decided that it will be the subject of my professional reserch in the philology. I think that this book by Jones with its mystical ending somehow remines us Melwill's 'Mobby Dick '.The episode with the discription of the death of Strange ( he drawned in the cold water of Atlantic ocean ) is really very pathetic and mystified. The main theme of the book is the 'second lost generation ',becouse the soldiers returned from the war can't find the proper place in post-war world. The novel is reach of different themes ( the relationship between men and women, the soldiers' speculations about their future etc.)I advice averybody to read it and I can say that it will not be just wasting time.wwww
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