From Here to Eternity by James JonesDiamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the companys 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 hes risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officers 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 soldiers 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.
From Here to Eternity
Although the book may appear to be solely a war novel, it has been touted as the best account of life in the peacetime army ever written. With brilliantly descriptive scenes and richly detailed characters, the author captures and holds the readers interest. First editions from the original, limited print run are numbered. Furthermore, in May , Open Road Integrated Media published a new edition of From Here to Eternity — with the previously censored passages restored — as an e-book. In , Penguin released the edition in print as part of their Modern Classics Collection. Showing best matches Show all copies.
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Set in , the novel focuses on several members of a U. Army infantry company stationed in Hawaii in the months leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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The novel prompted one of the most famous heterosexual sex scenes in film history, with Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr clasping each other passionately on a beach amid the foaming waves. But an uncensored text of James Jones's novel From Here to Eternity has revealed that the author originally intended to include frank references to homosexuality considered too scandalous to be published at the time. The novel, Jones's debut, tells of a group of soldiers stationed on a barracks in Hawaii in , and was loosely based on the author's own army experiences on the island in the run-up to the second world war. Jones served as a soldier from to and was present at both the attack on Pearl Harbor and the battle for Guadalcanal, at which he was injured, and also decorated for his service. From Here to Eternity is the story of first sergeant Milt Warden, who has an affair with Karen, the wife of his captain. But the original text of the novel included two scenes which never made it to the published edition, let alone the film. In the second scene a military investigation into gay activity is mooted.