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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Reprint edition (Oct. 13 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385333641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385333641
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #330,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a long, satisfying, commanding novel of the soldiers who were poised on the brink of real manhood when World War II flung them unceremoniously into that abyss. Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt is the nonconformist hero who refuses to box at Schofield Barracks and is slowly destroyed by his own rebelliousness. Around him, others are fighing their own small battles--and losing. It's worth noting that Jones' 1951 audience was shocked by his frank language and the sexual preoccupations of his characters. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“A work of genius.”Saturday Review
 
“Extraordinary and utterly irresistible . . . a compelling and compassionate story.”Los Angeles Times
 
“A blockbuster of a book . . . raw and brutal and angry.”The New York Times
 
“Ferocious . . . the most realistic and forceful novel I’ve read about life in the army.”The New Yorker

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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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This book captures the mindset of how many enlisted military men think. Whether a war is about to happen, or we are at peace time, enlisted men enter the military, based upon the wonderful promises of adventure, heroism, and "be all you can be."
In the military social conditioning, those who enlist are taught to live for the military. They are taught to disown their limitations, feelings, needs and wants, for the good of military missions. This includes taking what comes your way, as being part of developing your right of passage.
The main protagonist in this story, Private Robert E. Lee, "Prew" Prewitt, finds himself constantly in trouble, amongst his peers, and with the girls that he chooses. But he won't allow the reality to be something to drive him to think of the here and now.
He is so removed from the here and now that he is willing to put up with anything, this includes being brutally beaten up, and being in the stockade. He has that conditioned military mind set of, "Oh. I can handle it. Bring it on."
What impresses me most about this novel is from page one, through the last page, there is so much to absorb, think about, process, and consider from so many angles.
Reading this novel offers readers a glimpse into the human condition, and a chance at making some pretty powerful decisions about living in the here and now.
When he witnesses another person being beaten to death, Prew becomes consumed with revenge. His commitment of revenge becomes self-fulfilling. Which leads him further down the path of destruction.
And what I most admired about this novel is
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