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James Jones (1) (1921–1977)

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James Jones was born in Robinson, Illinois on November 6, 1921. He was unable to afford college, so he enlisted in the Army in 1939. His experiences during World War II inspired his best-known works: From Here to Eternity, which won the National Book Award in 1952, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle. vis mere His other works include The Pistol, Go to the Widow-Maker, The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories, and The Merry Month of May. Many of his books were adapted into movies including From Here to Eternity, Some Came Running, and The Thin Red Line. He died of congestive heart failure on May 9, 1977. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af James Jones

Herfra til evigheden (1951) 2,026 eksemplarer
The Thin Red Line (1962) 1,327 eksemplarer
Whistle (1978) 307 eksemplarer
WW II (1955) 175 eksemplarer
The Merry Month of May (1971) 131 eksemplarer
From Here to Eternity [1953 film] (1953) — Forfatter — 127 eksemplarer
Go to the Widow-Maker (1966) 117 eksemplarer
Some Came Running (1957) 90 eksemplarer
Pistolen (1958) 83 eksemplarer
A Touch of Danger (1973) 71 eksemplarer
Viet Journal (1974) 14 eksemplarer
Härifrån till evigheten. 2 (1952) 11 eksemplarer
Härifrån till evigheten. 1 (1952) 8 eksemplarer
Como un torrente (1985) 3 eksemplarer
De Aqui a La Eternidad 2 (1984) 3 eksemplarer
El alegre mes de mayo (1988) 2 eksemplarer
Den tunna röda linjen. 2 (1982) 2 eksemplarer
Den tunna röda linjen. 1 (1982) 2 eksemplarer
The Thin Red Line 1 eksemplar
Tanka crvena crta 1 eksemplar
James JONES / The Pistol 1958 (1958) 1 eksemplar
Den blodrøde streg 1 eksemplar
Un Coup de soleil (1974) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Writers at Work 03 (1967) — Interviewee — 139 eksemplarer
Great Esquire Fiction (1983) — Bidragyder — 70 eksemplarer
The War: Stories of Life and Death from World War II (1999) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer
The Girls from Esquire (1952) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer
New World Writing: Second Mentor Selection (1952) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
New World Writing #13: Stories, Poetry, Essays, Drama (1958) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer

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Solo una delgada linea roja separa la locura de la cordura. Los hombres del Primer Regimiento del Ejercito norteamericano que desembarcaron en Guadalcanal no sabian que serian protagonistas de uno de los episodios ,más sangrientos de la Segunda Guerra Mundial. En aquellas islas del Pacìfico recibieron su bautismo de fuego i se enfrentaron a un mundo despiadado
TORTOSAGUARDIA | 20 andre anmeldelser | Sep 20, 2023 |
A war novel that I remember liking, though I can't recall anything about it now.
mykl-s | 33 andre anmeldelser | Aug 13, 2023 |
This is on my to-read list for a while, because I have long been a fan of the Terrence Malick film and wanted to see how the novel compared.

The film is a typical Malickian meditation on man's desecration of nature (and himself). Witt is the moral voice of the film, asking a series of questions that are basically Zen koans: what is this war in the heart of man? What is this war in nature? It came out the same year as Saving Private Ryan, a more jingoistic film that went on to win Best Picture while TTRL was relegated to the dustheap.

The blurbs compare TTRL to All Quiet on the Western Front and Red Badge of Courage. All three consider the meaning of courage in the face of the absurdity of war. Jones presents courage as an act: everyone in C-for-Charlie Company is terrified of their first attack up the Elephant's Head, but the social pressure to not seem like a coward in front of peers is too strong to cause men to turn in free in the face of likely, and pointless, death.

It is this social pressure that is the fulcrum on which the war turns. I think Jones is playing with an existentialist metaphor: there are a few soldiers who seem to accept death, and volunteer for the most dangerous missions. They are the few making a moral choice outside of the battle numbness and the fog of war. A clerk named Fife is presented as a coward who eventually must conquer his fear, only to be evacuated for a bum ankle at the end of the novel. He also makes a moral choice to flee the theater of war, leaving the comrades who pushed him to face death in battle. He resists the social pressure to stay with the group.

This is a profound novel that gives real insight into the culture of an Army company during WWII.
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jonbrammer | 20 andre anmeldelser | Jul 1, 2023 |
Brutal, sad, and human.
zeh | 33 andre anmeldelser | Jun 3, 2023 |



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