From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

A Novel

Book - 2012
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This edition includes an afterword by George hendrick, who discusses the novel's origin and eventual censorship at the hands of its first publisher. The original language has been restored.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2012
Edition: Dial Press Trade Paperback edition
ISBN: 9780812984316
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jon
Description: xvi, 867 pages ; 21 cm


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First published in 1951, From Here to Eternity brought author James Jones immediate fame and won him a National Book Award. The novel tells the story of the life of American soldiers stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii in the months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Jones accurate... Read More »

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Hey! Now - (Don't get me wrong here) - I certainly don't expect every book that I pick up to be a "quik-read" - But - Let me tell ya - (At 860 pages) - This sprawling work of fiction, by James Jones, sure cried out for some serious editing. Yep. It sure did.

This semi-autobiographical book took a very pessimistic and belligerent look at being an American soldier (living amongst one's fellow soldiers) stationed in Hawaii throughout WW2 (before, during, and after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour).

Published back in 1951 - As you're sure to find out - The Hollywood movie-version of "From Here To Eternity" is so shamelessly sanitized that it's actually hard to believe it was, in fact, really adapted from Jones's graphically negative book.

*Note* - In 1977 - James Jones (56 at the time) died of heart failure.

(*Watch "James Jones" video-clip*)

Dec 04, 2014

I was planning a trip to Pearl Harbor and thought I'd read this first. Man, it is long. James Jones's classic (he also wrote "The Thin Red Line," which is better) is a heavyweight of a book: big, brawling, boozing, brawny. Like some of Mailer's novels (he also wrote a WW2 book), it knocks you around until you've had enough. I'm not sure if Jones had an editor on this, but he certainly could've cut some parts from this over 800 page doorstop. For those who've seen the movie, which is much more streamlined, this is much more vulgar and seedy, with whorehouses, "queer" bashing, racial slurs, and liberal use of the f-bomb. I didn't dislike it, but it was a bit of a long slog (it'll only feel like an eternity!) and I'm glad to be done with it. PS: the title comes from Kipling.

Dec 06, 2010

1952 National Book Award - Fiction


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