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!DOWNLOAD PDF ♾ From Here to Eternity ☳ Diamond Head, Hawaii, 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 HimFirst 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 WifeBoth Warden And Prewitt Are Bound By A Common Bond The Army Is Their Heart And Blood And, Possibly, Their DeathIn 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 In The Most Important American Novel To Come Out Of World War II, A Masterpiece That Captures As No Other The Honor And Savagery Of Men
Society can be considered a fabric that surrounds us It s a warm blanket that has been pieced together to suit our way of life and our collective needs Society, keeps us safe, wards off isolation, and also defines the possibilities of our success But society is not tailor made It is lumpy where it s been stretched and binding in the places that have never been touched Regardless of who we are, however, we must live with the fit that society affords us or suffer the consequences of living without its collective warmth From Here to Eternity use the world of the Army as it existed pre draft, pre WWII, to recreate a small, deeply personalize model of society The Army, with all of its politics, vices, egotistical influences, and rules interacts with the two main characters in ways that echo our modern day interactions with society And it s this miniaturization effect that intensifies this theme and brings the irregular fit of their blanket into a modern day context.The two main characters serve to illustrate the two extremes of human societal interactions On one side of the extreme, Sgt Warden exemplifies the rewards that society bestows upon those that adhere to its rules while also depicting the parts of our humanity that we must give up or have taken away while achieving society s expectations.Pvt Prewitt exemplifies the other extreme Prewitt is driven by his personal need to be true to himself regardless of expectations Rather than try to pull the lumpy parts of the blanket over him to create a better fit, he simply throws the blanket off, accepts the consequences, and lives true to his convictions Prewitt exemplifies the punishment that society doles out to its non conformists.Warden and Prewitt both men know instinctively who they are Not only do they suffer their individual fates but they also suffer their desires to be like each other Prewitt desires the collective warmth but cannot deny his true self Warden desires to live as his true self but cannot give up the rewards that society has bestowed upon him By the end of the book, you are left to evaluate the suffering that both men endure and you are left to wonder if we, as individuals, will ever be at peace amongst our collective selves.And so it goes for all of us, from here to the end of time. Hell of a book Feminist characters Cuckolded husbands actually, everyone gets cuckolded Homosexuals debating at length the nature of their sexual orientation Proto Hippie gurus Non conformist rebels And, an Army story in there somewhere too Must ve been very heady stuff for 1951 I can t believe it was even published back then Great book Great summer read Could ve used less grinning Oh yeah not to make too much of an understatement if you ve seen the film you ve really only scratched the surface of the story Highly recommended if you liked the movie. 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 effort.I 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 listJust 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 Love the movie with Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Cliff, Burt Lancester, Deborah Kerr I have had the book on the shelf for probably close to 30 years,and never read it till now I need to rewatch the movie again nowthis book is great..I enjoyed it,and it went into a lot details about the characters lives, then any movie ever could,and it was heavy on the military life, and what it s like to be a soldier in those days I would recommend this to anyoneand it s a first in a trilogy, which I didn t know The Thin Red Line also a film, which I ve not seen ,and Whistle Stop are the other two I may read those some day..and if I decide to , I won t wait another 30 years.Enjoy the book first before you see the filmand if you ve seen the film in years pastenjoy the book first..the character development is top notch,and you really get a feel for the characters, much in depth. 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 quite 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 quiet, 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 required 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 quiet, 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. From 1940 to 1973 all able bodied men in United States army were required to serve in the American military for 2 years During this 33 period there were 16 years of war and 17 years of peace The experience of military service spawned many excellent novels reflecting on life in the military and on the military vocation From Here to Eternity is one of my favourite in the bunch.Although, From Here to Eternity might be classified as a war novel because the events of the last several chapters take place in Hawaii during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, it is primarily about men who chose to make the military their career vocation Being an American not a European, James Jones focusses not on the officers but on the 30 year men who serve in the enlisted ranks The two protagonists are from the non commissioned ranks Private Robert E Lee Prewitt a simple soul form the hills of Kentucky and First Sgt Milt Warden is an altogether worldly individual.Prewitt is harassed by his superior officer who wants him to box in the internal army competitions Prewitt however adamantly refuses because having blinded a competitor in an earlier competition no longer wants to box The officer increases the pressure on Prewitt until he kills one of his tormentors and then flees When the Japanese attack, Prewitt feels compelled to return to fight with his comrades but is killed by a sentry as he approaches the base.First Sgt Warden seduces to the wife of the officer persecuting Prewitt The wife confides to Prewitt that she cannot have children because of a case of gonorrhea that she received from her husband She and Warden agree on a plan She will divorce her husband and he will apply to write the officer s exam so that the two will have a comfortable living Warden successfully passes the exam but decides that he is not emotionally prepared to cross the line separating officers from enlisted men He decides to break off the relationship.Thus our two main protagonists are both profoundly attached to the 30 year life of the enlisted man Prewitt dies attempting to return after having deserted Warden resolutely refuses to switch horses mid stream choosing to remain in the enlisted ranks to the end.From Here to Eternity is a very powerful novel that in the 1960s rang very true to me The picture of the military life as described to me by my father who was in the war time air force and by two uncles who were career or 30 year enlisted men like Prewitt and Warden corresponds very closely to the army life described in this book I recommend anyone interested in this phase of American history to read this wonderful novel. Of course, you hear them say, the book was much better than the movie And while we ve heard this observation time and again, no one really elaborates as to why Then, too, I suspect that in instances when the movie was the original, inspired creation, and the book was the one riding the coattails as in the novelized versions of Dark Knight and Terminator the opposite is true The movie is much better than the book Someone else might have to corroborate this idea, because I, for one, have never and will never read the novelization of any movie My main premise is as follows The emotive fire of the creative artist loses its heat when transferred to another medium In this instance, I watched the movie before I read the novel, and although I enjoyed the movie, I didn t think it was great I sure as hell didn t see why it won eight 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture Now that I ve read the novel which was a runaway best seller and now that I m familiar with the casting decisions of the director, Fred Zimmerman, it all becomes very clear that the film was indeed riding the coattails of a hugely successful book people flocked to the theater to see how all this salaciousness and debauchery might appear on the big screen If you knew that Donna Reed from It s a Wonderful Life, was going to play a sultry prostitute, wouldn t you be at least a little curious Watching her walking he could see the flat triangle of hair underneath the thinness of the dress, but with her it was not like it had been with Maureen who had been unaware of it completely This girl was aware of it , aware of him, but she was utterly above it She was aware of it and she ignored it Must be twenty three or four, he thought, noticing that she walked very straight and that her hair was done in a circular roll low on her neck and that she had very wide eyes that looked at him serenely openly She stopped by them and smiled at him and he noticed her mouth was very wide across the thin childishness of her face, he noticed the long lips were very full especially at the corners She has a beautiful face, he thought Mrs Kipfer introduced them formally, and then asked if she wouldn t look after him because he was new here If she wouldn t show him around Surely, she said, and he noticed how pleasingly low pitched, how poised her voice was It was the voice that belonged with the rest of her Let sit down, shall we she smiled If you knew Burt Lancaster, as Sergeant Warden, would be having an affair with his commanding officer s wife, a character played by the very epitome of genteel propriety, Deborah Kerr, wouldn t you be hoping to see a little skin on the big screen And let s not forget Mr Frank Sinatra, whose Italian Brooklyn character is one of the funniest in modern fiction, the equivalent of King Lear s jester I even climbed up on the doorknob to look through the transom to see if he had died and the son of a bitch had hung a towel over it I call that plain goddam bad manners What you mean is, Prew grinned, you think he s a suspicious bastard Yeah, Angelo said As if anybody would look through his goddam old transom He frowned at them so indignantly so long that Lorene giggled and finally had to laugh out loud Well, he said, getting up I m a kind of guy can tell when he s overstayed his welcome I can tell when I ain t wanted I leave you people to your lovin Aw, stick around, Prew grinned, Please don t rush off Yas, Angelo said, I like you too, you bastard I will just leave you some of this whiskey and then I won t feel so guilty Indeed, now that I ve read this 850 page monolith, I want to see the film again, just to note how much innuendo made it past the censors, or perhaps just to visit with these characters for 118 minutes Did I mention prostitutes male solicitors included gambling, gay night life, boxing, homicidal beatings, vengeance murders, and gun in the mouth suicides He was lying back across his bunk in that peculiarly lifeless position dead people get into, with the top of his head gone and the rifle on the floor and the one pastywhite bare foot dangling down ridiculously There was a large blot of blood and phlegmy matter on the ceiling around the hole where the bullet had gone on through It was still his face, but it looked as if all the bones had been taken out from behind it, like one of those cured headhunter s head you could see in the curio shop windows downtown on Hotel Street Compared to the book, the movie seems like a Disney after school special It s my understanding that the book itself, as published in 1952, was also watered down from James Jones s original manuscript, which contained an explicit sex scene with two men as well as some choice language But to say that the book is better than the movie because it s less diluted or because we get to spend time with our beloved characters is still missing the point At the heart of the matter, the book is truer, both emotionally and philosophically In the wholesome, domesticated ideology of the 1950s when shows like Leave it to Beaver sought to impose a moral compass on postwar America, From Here to Eternity reminded a generation of men of what they had, in fact, experienced suicides, genocide, prostitution, gambling, boxing, explicit language, beatings, court martial, extra marital affairs.As an enlisted soldier of the US Army, I myself was summoned, along with the Chaplain, to the scene of a suicide An MP had shot himself in the head It wasn t pretty This soldier had left his wife and kids for a German national only to have the Fraulein empty his bank account and leave We were stationed in Holland, not Germany, where both marijuana and prostitution were legal many soldiers were sent home, including the Sergeant Major for allegedly assaulting a girl Drinking and gambling were popular pastimes in the barracks I recall one particular officer who lost his security clearance because of bad debts One PFC was busted down to a plain private because he had been drinking on guard duty Yes, the military was dramatic, even in peace time, and I suppose that s why we loved it almost as much as we hated it because nowhere else, except on the edge of death, could we feel so alive.Which reminds me of the title of the work itself, a phrase that is lost like the emotional and philosophical truth of the story upon anyone who sees the movie without having read the novel It s taken from a poem entitled Gentlemen Rankers by Rudyard Kipling Jones cites the last four lines Gentlemen rankers out on a spree Damned from here to Eternity, God ha mercy on such as we, Ba Yah Bah A gentleman ranker is an enlisted solider who is qualified, through education, breeding, or military training, to be an officer, and yet chooses to remain an enlisted rank Why would someone do such a stupid thing Well, I for one did it because I made money through singing bonuses and student loan repayments than I would have as an officer Also unlike an officer, I could choose my MOS Military Occupation Specialty , and my station in Europe Looking back on it, I m not sure I made the right choice Like Kipling so eloquently wrote in his poem, I did feel like a little black sheep who had gone astray On the other hand, I suppose social limbo and biting my tongue were a modest price to pay for having the opportunity to tour Europe on Uncle Sam s dime, all the while paying off a small mortgage s worth of student loans As for other gentlemen rankers like First Sergeant Milton Warden of the story their reasons can be found, all the same, in their values and identity Warden s commanding officer, Captain Holmes, is too busy fornicating to be of much use in running G Company Consequently, the administrative burden falls on Warden, who, as usual, does a superb job evening while seducing the Captain s wife.In the novel, Captain Holmes actually befriends a young general and is promoted to the rank of major In the movie, he s reprimanded But the point is that an enlisted man, an NCO non commissioned officer specifically, does the real, day to day work of the army, and the officers get the credit.Warden shares the same view of many NCOs that I came across in the army When a private accidentally called them sir, they responded, Don t call me sir, I work for a living Or if an officer asked them what materials they needed for a particular mission, their response might have been, All I need is for you to stay out of the way, sir Unlike Captain Holmes, First Sergeant Warden has a deeper connection with the army, a sense of it beyond himself He s fair and impartial to his subordinates Unlike Holmes, he never overstep s his own private, self constructed line of equity In the deepest sense, Warden simply has respect for his enlisted colleagues than the commissioned officers who have commanded him He s a capable, educated, sophisticated, and empathetic man virtually the very opposite of the hard and harsh exterior that he portrays It s as if he s hiding his capabilities not out of humility, but out of shame Karen Holmes loves him, but she can t a.k.a won t marry him unless he submits his paperwork to become an officer.Jones, too, as the author, seems to have his own private line of equity, striving to portray each character as honestly as possible Even though the reader wants Private Prewitt to win a gloves off boxing match with Corporal Bloom, he doesn t win The fight is pretty much a draw Also, despite the foibles of his main characters, Jones gives them redeeming qualities that, on the balance, make them likable This is the first literary novel I have read where a highly intelligent and respectable main character has a seventh grade education and was raped as a child by a bum in a rolling box car The characters from The Man with the Golden Arm have disadvantageous backgrounds as well, but they never emotionally or intellectually rise above this background like Prewitt does They don t have his internal code, work ethic, or sophistication Consequently, he earns our respect and love, while they remain intellectually, physically, and morally lazy.In terms of craft, Jones creates a Thrillerary, my favorite types of novel He superbly sets up each major scene by creating a sublime anticipation, as when 1 Prewitt is about to meet Alma, 2 Warden is about to seduce Karen Holmes, 3 another stockade prisoner is about to have his arm broken by a sixteen pound sledge hammer Like the consummate author of a thriller, Jones plants the question of the scene first Will Angelo escape or be arrested or killed Will Prewitt murder the guard or die trying Will Alma marry him Will Warden be caught having the affair or enjoy the vacation Will he become an officer and marry her or remain a gentlman ranker and be damned from here to eternity And like the consummate author of a literary novel, Jones portrays conflicts born of the very psychology of his characters Prewitt will have an easy stay in G Company if he simply agrees, against his principles, to box for Captain Holmes Warden can be an officer if he agrees, against his will, to submit the paperwork.Add to this mix an authentic, expertly rendered dialogue, and you have a book, a National Book Award winner, that for all intents and purposes, is much better than any movie. For years this has just been that super long WWII novel about Hawaii during Pearl Harbor that I knew was supposed to be good but never could bring myself to read So when I finally read it, I was pretty surprised that it wasn t anything that I was expecting.This is held up as a WWII novel But its NOT a war novel It s a novel about peacetime soldiers The book takes place over the full year of 1941, and Pearl Harbor happens near the end, and is not what the book is about.This is a book about what it was like to be in the army in the peacetime years leading up to WWII Its amazing that it was published in the early 1950srelationships with whores and commanding officers wives, serious exploration of homosexuality and oppression of gays, the military prison system, alcoholism, the realistically casual use of the word fuck and cocksucker tip of the iceburg at a time when Norman Mailer didn t have the balls but to use fug who the fuck ever said fug.This is a character novel, and the characters are amazing crisp, consistent, flawed, real Historical fiction is too much about events and facts and specific key individuals This is historical fiction that is much different than other WWII novels.it goes deep into characters with no historical significance, with plot with no historical significance, that you walk away from feeling like you understand that time than any other book you ve read from that period.It was interesting, yet not surprising, when I read in the afterward that the book From Here to Eternity beat out for the National Book Award in 1951 is another great character study of that decade The Catcher in the Rye Frankly, I think this one is better though you can read The Catcher in the Rye five times in the time it takes to read From Here to Eternity Though its not for everyone this is a character novel about military enlisted men So it s unapologetically manly Because its about unapologetic men who do really stupid shit NOTE If you decide to read this, be sure to read the Restored Edition , which does add back some of the original manuscript that was edited out when it was originally published at Jones adamant objection.NOTE 2 My new years resolution is to read fewer books, but longer better ones, but also to write a review for every 5 star rating that I give This is the first. Now I know why this story looks so familiar to me a movie was made based on this booK From Here to Eternity 1953 with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr From IMDb In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit s team, while his captain s wife and second in command are falling in love.