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characters Ô E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ James Jones James Jones ✓ 9 Summary review From Here to Eternity The best favorite book format Mass Market Paperback and others 9. An epic read and an epic story This book took me literally months to finish but I m so glad that I did It was well worth the effortI d always had a hankering to read this book purely for the fact that Frank Sinatra was obsessed with getting a role in the movie of the same title to revive his then flagging career I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and how believable I found the characters to be James Jones certainly had a knack for getting right into the character s heads and making them very human and people you could empathise with even if you didn t necessarily like them The fact that there was a sizeable portion of the book which included the female perspective was also a facet I wasn t expecting and it added to the realness of the story A very long book but definitely worth ticking off your book bucket list Just where is he thought the line that separates insanity Conviction and intensity are not the coin of truth they alone can never buy it Maybe we only love the things we cannot have Iolos First Book of Crossbows purely for the fact that Frank Sinatra was obsessed with getting a role in the movie of the same title to revive his then flagging career I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book and how believable I found the characters to be James Jones certainly had a knack for getting right into the character s heads and making them very human and Dragging; Or the Political Aesthetics of Drag people you could empathise with even if you didn t necessarily like them The fact that there was a sizeable From Cyber Nationalism to Fandom Nationalism portion of the book which included the female The Complete Works perspective was also a facet I wasn t expecting and it added to the realness of the story A very long book but definitely worth ticking off your book bucket list Just where is he thought the line that separates insanity Conviction and intensity are not the coin of truth they alone can never buy it Maybe we only love the things we cannot have

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characters Ô E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ James Jones James Jones ✓ 9 Summary review From Here to Eternity Amazing Kindle Epub, From Here to Eternity by James Jones This is. 910I feel exhausted emotionally drained as if I had run a marathon all dressed up in full military kit Reading James Jones is often hard work but there is also the satisfaction of reaching the finish line and knowing you achieved something great Because even as I think that a good editor could have cut the text in half and still achieve the same effect I know that James Jones has captured the spirit of army life in the 1940 s flawlessly that the ocean of trivial details from the lives of trivial people builds up into a monumental canvas of a whole society Hawaii on the brink of the Japanese attack on Pearl HarbourI didn t know what to expect beforehand as I steered away from the movie version until I could read the book I found no heroes and no glorious battles here I found instead many failed human beings stumbling about in the dark a lot of suffering and mountains worth of the tedious routine that is repeated day in day out for the enlisted man This heres the Pineapple Army exclaims at one point Chief Choate a full Choctaw Indian that has found refuge from discrimination and poverty in the military life Echoing him is the opening scene of the main character Robert E Lee Prewitt a former star bugler who resigned his grades and comes to join a new outfit at the Schofield Barracks as a simple infantryman Did a pineapple enjoy its life or did it maybe get sick of being trimmed like seven thousand other pineapples fed the same fertilizer as seven thousand other pineapples standing till death did them part in the same rank and file like seven thousand other pineapples You never knew But you never saw a pineapple turn itself into a grapefruit did you Prewitt is a fully developed character multi faceted and deeply troubled by the events that surounds his one year in the jockstrap G Company But if I were to pick up one defining feature of his personality it would be his devotion to the army despite the many injustices he is subject to In his own words he is a thirty year man a professional career soldier and not a drafted temporary visitor The word jockstrap that I used earlier is just one of the numerous jargon terms and acronyms that military outfits seem to love so much In the 1941 context the word refers to a peace time policy of gathering in one company all the athletes and fighters in a regiment give them privileges and ranks and train them for internal competitions where their regiment and their officers gain prestige by the athletic achievements Prewitt lands in this G Company because he used to be not only a damn good bugler but also a champion lightweight boxer An unfortunate accident that left his sparring partner blinded convinced Prewit that he should give up boxing something that his new commanding officer refuses to accept putting in motion a whole chain of events aimed at breaking the will of the new recruit In the same military parlance this is called The Treatment something I experienced a mild form of in my own short term military service The subject of The Treatment is singled out for the most exhausting drill routines for the least appealing fatigue duties for repeated punishment for any real or imaginary insubordination What the officers don t realize is that Prewitt is a former child miner from the Kentucky mountains a man who would rather die than bend to the will of an outsider In one way he thought the whole thing of ring fighting was hurting somebody else deliberately and particularly when it was not necessary Two men who have nothing against each other get in a ring and try to hurt each other to provide vicarious fear for people with less guts than themselves And to cover it up they called it sport and gambled on it He had never looked at it that way before and if there was any single thing he could not endure it was to be a dupe I am tempted to write a detailed review of the steps taken by Prewitt from the morning he gazes at a field of pineapples outside the barracks to his nightime run across a golf field in the aftermath of the Japanese attack but there are so many important aspects of his personality that it would take me weeks to organize and explain his motivations and his outlook on life Just as important as Prewitt and just as well drawn are the people that surround him with their own powerful dramas their own disappointments and defeats in love in their professional career in their sanity even The modell first sergeant Milton Warden the cook Maylon Stark fellow infantryman Angelo Maggio love interest Lorene army wife Karen Holmes star atlete Chief Choate and many many other memorable people that together justify the epic scope of the novel Also worthy of analysis are the numerous philosophical social and political debates that slow down the pacing of the novel yet provoke the reader to give attention to the context and implications of the story Maybe I will do all of these aspects justice on an eventual re read I m still recovering from pneumonia at the momentFor now I can only show you a few highlights that I thought significant The boy Prewitt loved the songs because they gave him something an understanding a first hint that pain might not be pointless if you could only turn it into something Music is the most powerful redemptive force in the life of Prewitt who was exposed at an early age to the blues culture of his native South and who found expression for his inner soul in the sound of his bugle a passion denied to him by the narrowmindedness and corruption of his superiors My favorite passage from the book and from the movie that I had finally been able to watch with a clear conscience is of Prewitt singing his regiment to sleep Day is done Gone the sun From the lakeFrom the hillFrom the skyRest in peaceSol jer braveGod is nigh The notes rose high in the air and hung above the uadrangle They vibrated there caressingly filled with an infinite sadness an endless patience a pointless pride the reuiem and epitaph of the common soldier who smelled like a common soldier as a woman once told him They hovered like halos over the heads of the sleeping men in the darkened barracks turning all grossness to the beauty that is the beauty of simpathy and understanding Here we are they said you made us now see us don t close your eyes and shudder at it this beauty and this sorrow of things as they are This is the true song the song of the ruck not of battle heroes This spirituality in Prewitt is countered and subverted by his impulsive sensualist temperament He is a heavy drinker like everybody else in the regiment from the lowest infantryman to the top general He is an addicted gambler losing his pay at poker in a couple of hours after he gets it in his hands But before the big win he was just waiting for to uit on came they caught him they caught him good He is womanizer a regular of the bawdy houses again like almost everybody around him He is foul mouthed and violent rigidly proud and suspicious and difficult to befriend He is even showing signs of racism and homophobia again symptoms of the society he is living in Yet Prewitt does open up to a few select people like the fellows he is jamming with in the evenings on guitars singing interminable blues sessions that will produce maybe the one enduring masterpiece of Prewitt s life The Re enlistment Blues Because he was a soldier and because he could see it all then in the easily shattered crystal clarity of the thin glass goblet of the silence that is guard duty in the field at night the last hour before you are relievedMaybe the Re enlistment Blues also came out of that Outside the barracks Prewitt is a man searching for companionship for oblivion in a bottle of hard liuor for love in the most inappropriate places for an answer to existential uestions And it seemed to him then that every human was always looking for himself in bars in railway trains in offices in mirrors in love especially in love for the self of him that is there someplace in every other human Love was not to give oneself but find oneself describe oneself So we get to know Prewitt also through the eyes of Lorene a professional hooker that is still capable of falling in love with a vulnerable man who hides many insecurities behind the tough guy exterior Maureen another of his love interest reads him like a book All you got is a feeling you re locked up in a box thats two sizes too small for you and theres no air in it and you re suffocatin and all the time outside the box you hear the whole world walking around laughin and having a big big time Thats all you got In the same existentialist vein here is a glimpse of the see saw experience Prewitt is going through from exhilaration to despondency Life frightened him sometimes But there was nothing to do anyway Because this special uality was a thing he could not control in himself that he could not stop But then when he was going good he knew it was better to face it that it was always better to face things no matter what it cost anybody He knew that He believed it Only in the bad spells did life frighten him with its unbelieveble cruelty its inconceivable injustice its incredible pointlessness I have told you about my favorite part Prewitt singing Taps in the evening I should also talk a little about some parts that were problematic One of these is the portrayal of homosexuals it may be a good thing that their culture is mentioned and given exposure at a time when most of the establishment pretended they don t exist but for one thing Prewitt and his friends are boasting about beating these guys up and for another there is an implication that gays are damaged goods and have deep psychological issues Why do you always pick up somebody who aint ueer Because if you re with another ueer you don t feel evil enough thats why Women don t get a much better outlook than gays an issue that bothered me a lot also when reading Some Came Running Jones if often making me think that through his characters he hates women intellectually even as he desires them physically And they called them the weaker sex That was prone to crack up and cry at every crisis Like hell The women ran this world and nobody knew it better than a man in love Sometimes he thought they did it deliberately all this conspiracy stuff just to satisfy some ancient racial love of intrigue inherited from the generations of conspiring to play the role of being dominated and His trouble was when he had admitted to her and to himself that he loved her That was always the greatest single blunder in this game That put him in her power as Dana had never been in her power She could make him do anything now even become an officer now that she was sure he did love her He was no longer a free agent and as a result the old wild terrible strength that had been the power and pride of Milt Warden was gone Also disturbing but I believe in a necessary way is the exposure of the cruel practices deployed by the jailers of recalcitrant soldiers in the Stockade Both Maggio and Prewitt end up in the slammer where they are subject to much atrocious brutalities than The Treatment It is said that Jones book provoked a review of these practices and abuses in the US Army If true the novel has served its purpose admirably the uickest efficientest least expensive way to educate a man is to make it painful for him when he is wrong the same as with any animal boasts the odious Major Thomson as he unleashes his minions on the unfortunate inmates under the leadership of one sergeant Fatso Judson Despite these abuses it is inside this Stockade that Maggio and Prewitt find a sort of redemption with the help of a renegade sailor a guru of Oriental sensibilities If God is Instability rather than Fixity if God is Growth and Evolution then there is no need for the concept of forgiveness The mere concept of forgiveness implies the doing of something wrong Original sin But if evolution is growth by trial and error how can errors be wrong since they contribute to growth Before I close my review I would like to mention that I saw the movie of Fred Zinnemann from 1953 soon after reading the novel I believe the casting was inspired in particular Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster I also think Zinneman did a decent job with the huge material he had in the book but he also did a lot of changes to tone down the harshness of the foul language the drinking and the whoring This isn t as important as the whitewashing of the army officers who are shown in the late parts of the movie to punish the abusive behaviour of Captain Dynamite Holmes In the novel he is promoted and given power to apply his doctrine of discipline through fearAs an epitaph I include at the end the song of Robert E Lee Prewitt and of his friends in the G Company at Schofield Barracks Re Enlistment Blues Got Paid out on MondayNot a dog soljer no they himme all that moneySo much my pockets is soreMore dough than I can useRe enlistment bluesTook my ghelt to town on TuesdayGot a room and a big double bedFind a job tomorrowTonight you may be deadAint no time to loseRe enlistment bluesHit the bars on WednesdayMy friends put me up on a throneFound a hapa Chinee babySwore she never would leave me alonedid I give her a bruiseRe enlistment bluesWoke up sick on ThursdayFeelin like my head took a dareLooked down at my trousersAll my pockets was barethat gal had blown my fuseRe enlistment bluesWent back around on FridayAsked for a free glass of beerMy friends had disappearedBarman say Take off you ueerWhat I done then aint newsRe enlistment bluesThe jail was cold all Sa dayStandin up on a bench lookin downThrough them bars I watched the peopleAll happy and out on the townLooked like time for me to choosethem Re enlistment bluesSlept in the park that SundaySeen all the folks goin to churchYour belly feels so emptyDog soljers dont own pewsRe enlistment bluesSo I re upped on MondayA little sad and sick at my heartAll y fine plans was with my moneyIn the poke of a scheming tartGuy always seems to loseRe enlistment bluesSo you short timers let me tell youDont get yourself throwed in the canYou might as well be deadOr a Thirty Year ManRecruitin crews give me the bluesOld Re enlistment Blues

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characters Ô E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ James Jones James Jones ✓ 9 Summary review From Here to Eternity 60 pages and has a text language like English isbn 9780440327707. It s really very interesting Not this book which is in my view a complete waste of time but the whole concept of the middlebrow novel a genre that has disappeared Being new here at Goodreads I ve spent uite some time wandering around and jiggering all the bells and whistles And I ve seen hundreds and hundreds of book titles and authors both those chosen by members and those otherwise included and promoted on the website And while of course I can find old mid 20th Century middlebrow novels if I specifically enter their names in the search function they re nowhere mentioned or named or bruited about by current members or as favorites or leading choices Most of these middlebrow novels aren t worth anyone s time at least if you re not really insisting on killing that time dead dead dead There are those which have some continuing value like some John O Hara and some Mackinlay Kantor But most of them there are so MANY have gone out with the tide and will never come back waiting until some future anthropologist starts rooting around in the 20th Century for a thesis topic Don t get me wrong there are plenty of novels from the 1920 1960 period that are now and always have been great and remarkable and valuable But most of those in my view at least are genre types What are the unifying characteristics that make it possible for me to issue such sweeping generalizations about middlebrow novels Well for starters they were written published and purchased for and by members of a very specific stratum of then American society Primarily middle and upper middle class women with some education who stayed at home I was growing up then as a child and an adolescent and can remember only too well the uiet peaceful spotless living rooms of these women into which would arrive every so often the latest choice of the Book of the Month Club Not in theory unlike the kind of self censorship practiced by Dickens in an earlier age these novels were restricted There were numbers of taboos that had to be respected in their language their subject matter their plots and their settings Not to mention their people and their people s roles The vast majority of social restrictions that now or at any other time hold or held sway do so in an entirely unconscious manner With regard to middlebrow novels in the mid 20th Century it was taken for granted at the time that the family living space a purely mental construct in which the novel reader and her family lived and loved and had their being was like the physical house itself a boundaried space There was our space here where she and her family and friends existed and had as pleasant as possible a social life and then beyond the mental garden wall so to speak there was the outside there dangerous terrain in which anything could and probably did happen Just as was true for the inside of the actual physical house the local mental space the here of course reuired cleanliness and protection from all the negative things in the outside there You wouldn t track outside mud into the house you d scrape it off your shoes on the mat at the door And the same could be said of that mental space in which the family existed There were attitudes negativism cynicism defeatism communism sexuality that were simply dirt to be excluded Not in the slightest in a nasty repressed pursed mouth fashion By no means One did that in order to preserve for the family mental living space the kind of uiet ordered cleanly calm and peace of the living room in the actual house itself It was natural It was automatic It was what self respecting people did And the writers of that era or most of them at least who desired some kind of commercial success wrote novels that excluded not only objectionable language does ANYONE remember objectionable language but objectionable ideas thoughts feelings personae etc etc etc Looking back on it now it s almost cute Almost endearing I m sure it wasn t for the poor novelists of the time But there really has been a huge huge development since that era to the point that it s very very doubtful that young adults of today have any conception of what it was like to grow up and live in such an unchallenged and unchallenged is the key word here self limited way Everyone then unconsciously helped everyone else keep dirty things on the other side of the mental door The lady of the house did it for her friends and relations Her friends and relations did it for her Everyone cooperated most certainly including teachers and librarians And the novelists did it too Just go back and try to read Marjorie Morningstar without either bursting into uncontrollable laughter or throwing up Or for that matter From Here to Eternity You may like the story line You may like the characters But after you get under way in your reading you will at some point develop a sense of strangeness of being in a sealed off little bubble of unreality All by yourself All by yourself And that was the price of admission For those folks who wanted to keep their mental homes spick and span clean and neat healthy and wholesome and without the taint of infection the cost was substantial The cost was loneliness and a sense of unreality Middlebrow novels They re gone now Their market has been shattered into a thousand genres and sub genres that permit authors to focus on very particular protocols applying to very specific types of fiction Authors can specialize and readers can specialize in a kind of symbiosis advantageous to both Nor will people of today put up with the kind of mental straitjacket that was absolutely normal in 1955 Most readers today at least part of the time want to come to grips with what s really out there Escapism is all well and good but most people today want some reassurance that at least some aspects of their preferred fictions deal with fundamental realities It s true in science fiction It s true in fantasy It s true in mysteries and thrillers and it s even true in romance Escapism plus sort of like breakfast cereal with added vitamins and minerals Were he to come back to earth tomorrow James Jones would have a very hard time orienting himself to who and what we are in 2012 He might try again to write books but if he wanted to be published in our time he d have to include a much substantial slice of reality which like garlic is today s public taste Myself I think it s a good thing

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