From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

A Novel

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

THE COMPLETE UNCENSORED EDITION * THE WORLD WAR II MASTERPIECE AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE READ * WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with his commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: The Army is their heart and blood--and, possibly, their death.

This new edition features an Afterword by George Hendrick, a James Jones scholar, who discusses the novel's origin and eventual censorship at the hands of its first publisher. Now the original language has at last been restored to the most important American novel to come out of World War II. From Here to Eternity re-creates the authentic soldier experience and captures, like nothing else, the honor and savagery of man.

Foreword by William Styron

"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
Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2012, c1951
Edition: The complete uncensored edition
ISBN: 9780812984316
0812984315
Characteristics: xvi, 867 pages ; 21 cm

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Classic drama about life in the Army in the days before the war, which shows the effect of Army discipline on an individualistic former boxing champion who defies the attempts of officers to break him when he refuses to fight on the company's boxing team.


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Me_Tarzan
Apr 03, 2018

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*)

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lukasevansherman
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.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 06, 2010

1952 National Book Award - Fiction

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