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  • Paperback: 829 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana Press (April 30 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006157122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006157120
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)


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The novel starts off a little slow but turns into a magnificent story that is hard to put down.

The character development in this novel is excellent. You become so attached to the characters you wish the book would never end. Unfortunatelly, it does!
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"From here to Eternity" is a many-layered story. There are explicit and implicit levels to read it; in all of them this book is outstanding.
It describes with crude language the life in the Army in times of peace. In this case is the USA's Army just before Pearl Harbor, but the examples shown are universal and may apply to any Army in any country. At this level the class structure of Officers, Noncoms and Privates is shown with penetrating sight. The power relations, the subtle struggle amongst them, loyalties, abuses, solidarity, weakness. All these traits are depicted vividly thru the different characters that come across this epic novel.
At another level is the story of a young man. A Soldier. He is the epitome of soldiership. He knows what is due to the Service and what is due to himself. He sticks to these principles without regard of the cost. Robert Lee Prewitt is a natural fighter; he has enjoyed boxing until an accident on the ring changed him. He will box no more. Destiny puts him in a Company, where the commanding officer is trying to form a crack team in order to win the championship and enhance his career.
Prewitt is subject to increasing pressure to join the team. He won't bend. He will pay the price. He will remain Free in his hearth until the end.
But this is not all. Romance has its place too. Although unconventionally. Prewitt is in love with a prostitute. Sgt. Warden with his boss' wife. Still love is pure and real and touching.
Jones' opus requires the reader to get involved with the story. To cry and laugh with it. To get in touch with the deepest human emotions.
A major experience to be sure!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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What can one say about one of the most famous novels of all time dealing with the US Army? This novel is a very authentic look at what a life and career in the pre-WW2 US Army was like. The Army was riven with politics and waiting for a great war to begin. Jones tells an interesting tale of soldiers and officers in the US Army at Pearl Harbor and what their lives were like.
Put simply, the novel tells the story of a company of soldiers at Scofield Barracks, Hawaii shortly before the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The Army is sleepy, not primed for war. The officers advance by politicking and one of the ways to politick in the peacetime Army was to have one's company do well in the divisional sports competition. The protagonist is a talented boxer who does not want to box. This turns into a test of wills between him and his company commander, who wants another boxing star in his company. There is much more to the story; this is a long and complex novel. The basic theme is that the Army in those days was a small, sleepy institution that would have to be (and was) transformed radically in order to take on the Axis. The novel is an interesting look at the Army as it was in those days.
Jones' writing is excellent and his characterizations are strong. The reader will come to care deeply about the various protagonists. This is a great story. My only criticism is that the book does not feature an uplifting or happy ending, and really, this is something of a dark and unhappy story.
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By A Customer on Feb. 12 2004
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I first read "From here to Eternity" as a project for my high school senior English class on the reccomendation of a friends. While the sheer size of the volume was intimidating, I was not daunted and I am very glad I was not. It took me a entire month to read the book, but it was one of the best months of my life. "From here to Eternity" captures an immeasurably large spectrum of what it is to be human. Contrary to what I've read about it here and there it is not a love story, nor is it a war story, rather, it is a human story, one of the most dramatic and overpowering tales of human being I have ever read. One should not be intimidated by the size of the book, nor by it's first few chapters, becuase if one gives it time it will entrall beyond belief.
One would be hard-pressed to find a better twentieth century novel, perhaps a better novel ever. I reccomend this book to everyone I know that I think has the intellect and philosophical inclination to appreciate it.
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FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is an American classic and one of the very best novels about army life before World War II. It is obvious that the author knows his subject and one of the strengths of the book is his ability to describe army life so realistically. The story is also greatly enhanced by some of the most believable and interesting characters you will ever meet in fiction.
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A truly great book, rich in insight and irony, which juxtaposes the personal against the backdrop of history. Jones took his time to develop so many aspects of character, place, hope, and longing, almost all of which were dashed among the tidal forces of World War 2. This is a book to savor, to read over months, and in the end, to know that it has made your life better in the reading. If character is destiny, then this book speaks volumes about the character and destiny, not just of those in the U.S., but of all mankind--particularly any who have wanted the indefinable.
A masterpiece for the ages.
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