From Here to Eternity
A novel of army life in the calm before Pearl Harbor: A New York Times bestseller, a National Book Award winner, and “one of the great books of our time” (Newsday).
At the Pearl Harbor army base in 1941, Robert E. Lee Prewitt is Uncle Sam’s finest bugler. A career soldier with no patience for army politics, Prewitt becomes incensed when a commander’s favorite wins the title of First Bugler. His indignation results in a transfer to an infantry unit whose commander is less interested in preparing for war than he is in boxing. But when Prewitt refuses to join the company team, the commander and his sergeant decide to make the bugler’s life hell. An American classic now available with scenes and dialogue considered unfit for publication in the 1950s, From Here to Eternity is a stirring picture of army life in the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of James Jones including rare photos from the author’s estate.
I really like the movie based on this book. The book certainly held my attention. However, it has a much rougher edge to it, with significant harsh language. It also has several events that were not part of the movie at all. I thought the ending was harsher too, and more drawn out. All in all I'm glad I read this book but, for me, the movie was more entertaining.
The REAL FHTE
This e-book is the full version of From Here to Eternity, the one James Jones intended for publication. He was thwarted by anticipatory -- an, in view of today's anything-goes culture -- silly censorship. The bowdlerized FHTE was a very good book, deservedly winning many awards. This version is better. Jones severely strains credulity with his frequent binge drinking scenes; his characters drink so much during these bouts they would die of alcohol poisoning, rather than rise to flights of verbal virtuosity. A minor quibble: at least six typos slipped past the editor and proofreader.
From here to eternity
Have not seen the movie, but the book is a snap shot in time. Great read. Long before my fathers time.