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About the Author
- ASIN : B006HCU64A
- Publisher : Open Road Media (December 20, 2011)
- Publication date : December 20, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 11248 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 526 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,995 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As with From Here to Eternity, which focused on a military base in Hawaii immediately preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, the writing in The Thin Red Line is historically authentic, having been written soon after the events depicted in the novel. The characters in the book, members of Charlie Company, are vivid and sharply drawn. The culture of the army unit, especially having to do with sexual issues, was educational for me. I had seen the movie depiction of the novel and my disappointment in the film actually caused me to delay reading the book. Suffice it to say, the book is far better than the movie.
My only quibble, and one that I also found in From Here to Eternity is the author’s assumption that the reader is familiar with army ranks and the various subdivisions in an army (i.e. squad, company, battalion, regiment, etc.). This becomes somewhat confusing at times, though not insurmountable. Slightly more troublesome is the absence of maps. The book is rife with topographical and geographic description, which would have been far more useful had it been accompanied by maps detailing the areas of operation.
All in all, an outstanding period piece covering one of the seminal military campaigns of our age. One of the best war novels I’ve read.
Death comes everywhere. You might die because your group didn't get off the troop transport soon enough before it was bombed. You might face death because you unexpectedly stumbled across an enemy soldier when you were trying to relive yourself, and you ended up killing him by scratching him, beating him with your fists, and finally strangling him. You face death because some idiot ordered a direct assault on a position, and one of your comrades was nearly cut in half by a machine gun; his intestines are hanging out, and he is screaming in pain.
This is not a book for the faint heart-ed; but it is a book that explains what most survivors of combat don't want to talk about. What really happens, and what it does to you.
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From a slow start, it built to the stage where I needed to settle down with this book and rejoin C-for-Charlie in their battles for the variously named hills. To find out how Witt, Bell, Fife, Welsh, Storm, Queen, et al where surviving. As an ensemble piece it really works, reminding me of Band of Brothers, but of course it pre-dates that.
The book is about men in war, and how they cope with debilitating fear, cowardice, chance, luck, fate, bravery, glory and death. There are some really brilliantly well drawn characters. Welsh and Witt are so so disappointing in the film...
In fact the film is disappointing all round except for Nick Nolte as Tall. It needed character actors not pretty boys. Jones gives us such great insights into all their personalities the casting director should have been taken out and shot!
I think it's worth 4.5 stars - with half a star taken off for the lack of maps - my only gripe about the book. A reader needs to kept informed and I hadn't much of an idea about Guadalcanal's topography before I read this book. Jones could see it in his mind's eye, he'd been there after all... as he tells us on the last page.