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From Here to Eternity | [James Jones]

From Here to Eternity

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 the 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 the 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.

In this magnificent but brutal classic of a soldier's life, James Jones portrays the courage, violence and passions of men and women who live by unspoken codes and with unutterable despair. The most important American novel to come out of World War II, this is a masterpiece that captures as no other the honor and savagery of men.

©1998 James Jones (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

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    GprepSavings 05-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love, death, religion, and everything In between"

    James jones has said with this book all the things I've always felt but could never express in words regarding the human condition. Love and death and religion and everything in between swirl together seamlessly in the vortex that is part story and part life. This is a fine book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellis MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 02-24-15
    Ellis MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 02-24-15
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    "Poetic mysogeny"

    The author can (and does) wax poetic about gambling bouts (including smoking piss-soaked cigarette butts) but all women are whores to be "shacked-up" with; we don't even get the usual whore-saint dichotomy. Frankly, the men don't treat each other much better, but women take the brunt of the author's anger. The book lacks even the minimal romance of the movie. I bought this during a two for one credit sale, and would have returned it if I had paid full price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 12-29-14
    Andrew Stone San Diego 12-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Solid Read"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is "Solid" in terms not just a fluff book you read and forget and move on to the next read.

    The book makes you think a bit.The story is not contrived especially the romances. It is somewhat closer to real life than "romance" novels.

    The beginning was a bit slow.

    I almost abandoned the book, but hung in there.

    The setting is at a army base but a lot of the book was about people and the characters. For the time and morals of the American culture when the book was published it was quite racy.

    WOW. Great book!

    Closest book like this I can think of is "A Prayer for Owen Meany".

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    Izzy 12-27-13
    Izzy 12-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome story - horrible reading"
    What made the experience of listening to From Here to Eternity the most enjoyable?

    turning it off


    What didn’t you like about Elijah Alexander’s performance?

    His characters are absolutely horrendous. Had to turn this off after a few hours. I tried to listen, but the voices he makes make it impossible to listen.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    thomasdalbert 09-07-14
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    "Platitudes about Army life badly performed"

    The horrible mispronunciations of Hawaiian words (it took me forever to realize that 'Wahoo' was supposed to mean O'ahu...) was commented on earlier but even Spark's Texas accent is bad - just dropping your voice and adding some cool to it doesn't make a Texan!
    But I do believe it fits the book: the characters are totally flat just like what we always thought Army life is all about. I only made it through 1/3 of the book though - the reading was just too bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth M. Nash Saskatoon 02-13-14
    Elizabeth M. Nash Saskatoon 02-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Stinks. Can't finish it."
    Would you try another book from James Jones and/or Elijah Alexander?

    Neither. Don't like the story, don't like the narrator. The narrator is very disrespectful of some of the characters, and gives them voices and vocal ticks I've never heard, and are very irritating.


    What could James Jones have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Don't write any more books


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elijah Alexander’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Yuck.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it one star, because negative stars wasn't an option.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 03-19-15
    Scott Moss Beach, CA, United States 03-19-15 Member Since 2009

    Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.

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    "The Title is the High Point"

    The characters are cardboard cliché’s, the dialogue laughable, the plot boring, the pace plodding, and the writing atrocious. I am truly shocked by how poorly written this book is, particularly as it won the National Book Award. Virtually every page (or minute) has paragraphs that could win “The Bad Hemingway Contest.”

    The narration is also among the worst I’ve heard (out of hundreds) and seriously diminished the experience. If you are a writer and bemoan your lack of talent, read this book — it will make you feel so much better about yourself.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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