From Here to Eternity Paperback – Apr 30 1987
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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 the Hardcover edition.
“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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The central conflict is Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt's refusal to box in an Army company that prizes boxing above all else (this is in the innocent days of Pearl Harbor just before the Japanese attack). The agonies Prewitt goes through for his conscience are best left up to Jones to describe. The movie version of this book is quite competent but had to be cleaned up to an almost ridiculous extent (the whorehouse became a "dance hall," for example). If you can, read this massive novel first, then see the film. I think few if any people would regret the effort it takes to read "From Here to Eternity."
The two main protaganists are 1st Sargeant Milt Warden and Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt a hard-headed Kentuckian who is bent on being a career soldier. Warden runs his company with percision but his efforts are thwarted by his company commander, Captain Holmes, a brown noser with whose wife Warden begins an elicit affair. In the meantime Prewitt, an accomplished boxer and bugler, makes Warden's and his own life miserable by refusing to box on the regimental boxing team coached by Captain Holmes.
Warden and Prewitt develop mutual respect for each other and Warden does his best to lighten the load on Prewitt, even though the other NCO's in Company G proceed to make Prewitt's life miserable at the urging of Catian Holmes.
The main female characters are the embittered Karen Holmes, wife of Captain Holmes, who willingly enters into an intense affair with Warden and Alma the beautiful prostitute who befriends Prewitt.
Warden and Karen begin their affair because of their hatred for Captain Holmes. Despite the risks, Karen and Warden keep seeing each other and fall in love. If Warden and Karen are to be together for the rest of their lives , he must choose to take a commission and give up the job he loves and excels at.
Prewitt and Alma's relationship was more need than love.Read more ›
Private Robert E. Lee "Prew" Prewitt is the epitome of tragic heroism, a great man who allows himself to be torn down bit by bit through his own flaws, all the while knowing it and thinking he can beat it in the end. The men he serves with and the harsh environment they create for him are vividly illustrated as well, in unsentimental descriptions of a time and place that are often romanticized by people who weren't there. War IS Hell, and so, Jones reminds us, are the conditions that set the stage for it. Amidst all the ugliness, Prew reflects a somewhat unwilling but noble spirit of persistence in the face of adversity and individuality against the ultimate culture of conformity. Even in the book's more slow-moving passages, the reader is aware that Prew's resilience will inevitably lead to a stormy climax, and when it comes, Jones manages to make it somewhat unexpected but satisfying all the same.
So why only four stars for such a brilliant novel? There are a couple of major flaws here. For one, the pace of the story is wildly uneven; it takes off very quickly just past the halfway point, but those first 400 pages tend to be slow or even stagnant.Read more ›
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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. Read more
"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. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Maximiliano F Yofre
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... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Roger J. Buffington
I first read "From here to Eternity" as a project for my high school senior English class on the reccomendation of a friends. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is an American classic and one of the very best novels about army life before World War II. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Patrick Doherty
A truly great book, rich in insight and irony, which juxtaposes the personal against the backdrop of history. Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by Killer Pooh
A very interesting portrayal of two different types of male hero. Both men are uncompromising in their philosophical approaches to life and love. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2003
This book was amazing. I have to state, for the record, that I read James Jonse's "trilogy" out of order and completly inside out, reading The Thin Red Line, after seeing the... Read morePublished on April 25 2003