From Here to Eternity
The World War II Trilogy - The Restored Edition
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
James Jones’s epic story of army life in the calm before Pearl Harbor—now with previously censored scenes and dialogue restored
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.
“One of the great books of our time.” —Newsday “A blockbuster of a book . . . raw and brutal and angry.” —The New York Times “One of the significant writers of his generation.” —The New York Times Book Review “Few men write as effectively about the American army as James Jones.” —Newsweek “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
James Jones (1921–1977) was one of the most accomplished American authors of the World War II generation. He served in the U.S. Army from 1939 to 1944, and was present at the attack on Pearl Harbor as well as the battle for Guadalcanal, where he was decorated with a purple heart and bronze star. Jones’s experiences informed his epic novels From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line. His other works include Some Came Running, The Pistol, Go to the Widow-Maker, The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories, The Merry Month of May, A Touch of Danger, Whistle, and To the End of the War—a book of previously unpublished fiction.
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.
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.