From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

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'I'll never understand the fucking Army.'Prew won't conform. He could have been the best boxer and the best bugler in his division, but he chooses the life of a straight soldier in Hawaii under the fierce tutelage of Sergeant Milt Warden. When he refuses to box for his company for mysterious reasons, he is given 'The Treatment', a relentless campaign of physical and mental abuse. Meanwhile, Warden wages his own campaign against authority by seducing the Captain's wife Karen - just because he can. Both men are bound to the Army, even though it may destroy them.Published here in its uncensored, original version, From Here to Eternity is a raw, electrifying account of the soldier's life in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor-of men who are trained to fight the enemy, but cannot resist fighting each other.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 976 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 41mm | 660g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 014139322X
  • 9780141393223
  • 196,985

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A blockbuster of a book... raw and brutal and angry * The New York Times * The achievement of an exceptional novelist... Filled with a wide range of human emotions, with humour and nobility, with rage and love, with savagery and tenderness * New York Herald Tribune * Extraordinary and utterly irresistable ... a compelling and compassionate story * Los Angeles Times * Ferocious... the most realistic and forceful novel I've read about life in the army * The New Yorker * The only one of my contemporaries who I felt had more talent than myself was James Jones. And he has also been the only writer of any time for whom I felt any love * Norman Mailer * Certain places seem to exist mainly because someone has written about them. Kilimanjaro belongs to Ernest Hemingway. Oxford, Mississippi belongs to William Faulkner ... A great deal of Honolulu itself has always belonged for me to James Jones * Joan Didion * From Here to Eternity has fine qualities in abundance... No novel had so vividly - and shockingly, to a civilian readership - conveyed the brutality of peacetime army life * Times Literary Supplement *
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A blockbuster of a book... raw and brutal and angry The New York Times
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