“A blockbuster of a book raw and brutal and angry.”—The New York Times “ Ferocious the most realistic and forceful novel I've read about life in the army. A novel of army life in the calm before Pearl Harbor: A New York Times bestseller , a National Book Award winner, and “one of the great books of our time”. From here to eternity by James Jones; 29 editions; Subjects: Fiction, Fiction in English, Military History, Military life, National Book Award.
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From Here to Eternity ()mmoonneeyy.info - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) The tough but fair and by-the-book First Sergeant Warden has little respect for . It took James Jones pages to tell From Here to Eternity's story of the US the adaptation of the cumbersome bestselling novel to run under two hours, and it. A New York Times Bestseller The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with "dignity." Fascinated.
I had to go and forget you were like all the rest of them. Prewitt is deliberately forced to crawl through mud. The Washington Post. I never went in much for back-alley loving. Now get movin'. I've been countin' on this like a kid counts on Christmas.
Someday you'll walk in. A man loves a thing If you think you can bribe me into boxing. She thought it sounded French.
I wouldn't have learned how to bugle. Prewitt talks back to one of the officers: Only the thing was that he was blind. And seein' tears comin' out of those eyes that couldn't see anything. I'll show you a couple of things. How about garbage detail? I'd have no chance to find it.
Some of the guys are puttin' me over the jumps 'cause I don't want to fight. If you didn't put me here. To break him even further. People on the outside had their eye on him. I left home when I was seventeen.. This makes it difficult for her to work under Mrs.
Holmes commands Warden to prepare court-martial papers for 'insubordination to a non-commissioned officer. Back at the base.
If I find a pearl. I'll be waitin'.. I give it to 'em first.. Warden challenges Fatso with a jagged. Until I met you. They fixed me up fine. They threw that in free.
They even took my appendix out. I had that on Wednesday. And if I'd ever found one that. I know. But if you were. In another year. It's a great life.. It's too bad you got to lose a good middleweight. And I was pretty good and they know it. So I-I left and went to Seattle. Between beers during off hours. I didn't think it was possible either. I just said you look tired.
I had a boyfriend. She opens up about her past.. He also must dig an enormous hole in the ground so that a single newspaper can be buried.. I've been here a year and two months. Kipfer picked Lorene out of a perfume ad. Kipfer's rules and enjoy his company: I went to see him at the hospital a couple of times and finally I just couldn't go back. You're wrong!
Not you. I don't even want to think about it.. He didn't move. I met a girl just back from Hawaii and she said she made a lot of money working there. Before Warden breaks up the struggle between the knife-wielding Fatso and the Italian. I used to work out with this guy Dixie Wells. They aim to run you right into the stockade if they got to.
I don't hate the Army. Even if he gets just three months.. I've been countin' on this like a kid counts on Christmas. I've got it all figured out.. I enlisted too. I was a waitress and he was from the richest family in town. Then I'll be all set for life..
Prewitt becomes more possessive of Alma's time when he has finally been given a pass during a time of intensified treatments. Alma Burke. If it weren't for the Army.. Prewitt cuts loose with some bugling and beguiles all of the company with his talent. What about street cleaning? That don't mean it's gotta love him back". Then he attempts to explain to her why he's a soldier. He was in a coma for a week. I don't want to box.
Maggio shows some buddies his family photos and the smiling. Before it's over.. Life in a rifle company. Prewitt is deliberately forced to crawl through mud. The previous scene dissolves into the next.. I begged him to go for the doctor.
He's a real good friend of mine. I won't be here forever. But they worked over me at the hospital. Sure I went out with men after that. Alma and Prewitt quickly become better acquainted. You got a better memory than me. Suppose I said I always hated sergeants.
Alma lets Prewitt use her cooperatively-rented home in a very "fashionable district" where he can escape at any time: I ain't no criminal. That would make a lot of sense. Then you'd be gettin' your divorce here while I was in the States. You've got to become an officer. They picked me to play a taps at Arlington Cemetery on Armistice Day. Even when we sneaked clear across the island tonight.
They mutually agree that marriage often leads to unhappiness "so they were married and lived unhappily ever after". Warden wants Karen to divorce her opportunistic military husband Holmes.
There is a way. The scene ends with the sadistic Sergeant reaching for his billy-club. It can't go on like this much longer.. Maggio is greeted by the vengeful. I've never been so miserable in my life as I have since I met you.
Maggio tells the guard: I'm gonna escape from this dump.. Holmes would probably give you a divorce. If there was only some way we could -. I'm tired. So they were married and lived unhappily ever after.
We're sure to be into a war by then. Then I could divorce Dana and marry you. You can take the new extension course. I play the bugle well. A remarkable officer. I've always hated officers. You're probably not even in love with me. An officer? You'll make a fine officer. MP's on patrol subdue him. Calling himself "the terror of Gimbel's basement. You sure made a complete study of it.
Maggio arrives and greets his pals: The President was there. We'd be apart maybe six months. After shooting "snake eyes. Why don't you tell the truth? You just don't want the responsibility. Neither have I. A man got to be hounded all his life. I'll probably make the lousiest officer in this man's Army you ever saw.
In the Sergeant of the Guard's office. Well that's a fine and intelligent point of view.. Completely drunk after visiting three bars. She urges him to change his military status so that she can divorce her husband and marry him.
When you get your commission. Gimbel's basement couldn't hold me. Neither would I. I ain't no coward. To bugle? Maggio claims to Prewitt that he is waiting for a movie star to come out of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel closeby: What's the matter with you? Can't a man get drunk? Can't a man do nothin'? Can't he put his lousy hands in his lousy pockets on a lousy street. I've been thinking about it. That's the mouthpiece that I used when I played a taps at Arlington.
Maybe I could enjoy life again. As he is brought to the prison. I wish I didn't love ya. Prewitt struggles to talk sense with him. I hate officers. You're crazy. I wouldn't trade a minute of it. Nobody ever lies about being lonely. But back in the States. I remember now. A man should be what he can do. That would prove that she isn't a cheap. And I'll be happy because when you're proper.. I'm happy where I am.
I might turn out to be a guy like Holmes. We need each other.. The ex-boxer is mercilessly beaten when reluctant to punch his opponent in the face. I'll have enough money saved. You both can see more than I can see. You're a funny one. He's got it down to a system. You got guts. How's your girl? Now what's her name again? Prewitt plays part of the tune through his bugle mouthpiece He kicks him a lot too.
I hope you can pull it off. On the back. Because I want to be proper. Prewitt proposes marriage but she turns him down. He started talkin' a couple of times about how he's gonna escape. The way most civilians look at that. In her words. Members of the boxing team speak up for Prewitt. Warden resists being corrupted by advancing into a higher position of power.. It's true we love each other now.
Why do you want to spoil things? She is more realistic about their future together: Because nobody's gonna stop me from my plan I thought we were happy.. A private. Oh yeah. Prewitt restrains his boxing ability as they trade bare-fist punches on the lawn and are surrounded by most of the men. Do you see me as an officer? She confesses. That's about two steps up from the pavement. You think I'm lying.
Rather than becoming the wife of a lowly enlisted man. You wouldn't want me to be a guy like Holmes. Cause I'm the girl you met at the New Congress Club. From a balcony. Low in self-esteem. The two establish camaraderie for each other as they share booze together: I got the biggest troubles in the whole world.
Did you personally ever see any of this love? Prewitt nods affirmatively You'll understand what I mean. You'd be a good officer. Take love. I wonder why men feel so differently about it [divorce] than women. A beautiful name. You know how Maggio's takin' it? He just keeps spittin' in Fatso's eye. I can see you as an officer. Alma insists that she must raise her social status and marry a man of "proper" means in a "proper" marriage.
I don't want to be an officer.. That same night. He said to tell ya he's gonna look you up one of these nights. An informant tells Prewitt that Maggio is courageously suffering abuse at the hands of the stockade Sergeant during his brutalizing imprisonment: This girl. I won't marry you because I don't want to be the wife of a soldier. Prewitt and Warden both get drunk while sitting in the middle of a dirt road and commiserate about their painful love affairs and the pressures put upon them.
And I'll meet the proper man with the proper position to make a proper wife who can run a proper home and raise proper children. He's usin' a billy too in places where it won't show. A divorce from Karen would be unthinkable for Captain Holmes: It's just not the same. I do mean it when I say I need you 'cause I'm lonely. I'm gonna go back to my hometown in Oregon and I'm gonna build a house for my mother and myself.
Both men are severely cut and injured. He hit me. At their familiar Kuhio beach-park rendezvous spot eight miles from Pearl Harbor and fifteen miles from Kailua a directional marker indicates the distances.. What'll we do? When do you think you'll get your commission? I didn't put it in. Seeking revenge. He likes to whack me in the gut. The soldiers return gunfire from the roofs of Schofield Barracks toward the Japanese Zero fighters.
Karen has restricted herself to commissioned officers and cannot marry anyone lower than that. He falls to the ground and dies. I want every man to get his rifle and go to his bunk and stay there.
Authentic documentary footage captures the explosions and fires at Pearl Harbor. A real tough monkey. I'd be putting on an act. He's sailing next week. You wanna be heroes? You'll get plenty of chances. I took it out of my desk a dozen times. I love you. Warden holds a heavy. I seen the red circles on the. Just lay there. Warden keeps Prewitt on the rolls even after three days' absence. He's being sent back to the States. There'll probably be Japs in your lap before night..
Then I-I had to get out.. After a month of abuse and repeated vicious beatings. If I tried to be an officer. Oscar-winning screenwriter for Julia And I mean stay there. Chaos breaks loose and there is rampant military confusion as more attacks are unleashed on the men who rush from their barracks onto the field. Galovitch is busted to Private and put in charge of the latrine. Prewitt hears of the attack on the radio at Alma's place and how the infantry units at Schofield Barracks have moved out and are manning beach positions.
And be quiet. Don't make a sound. Newspaper headlines read: I filled it out. We're wastin' time. He's blowin' the Cavalry Charge. And because she wants to end all the "hiding and sneaking". There's nothing else for me to do. Hiding and sneaking. Watch out for Fatso. This is a real attack. And if they put ya in a hole.
Karen describes the consequences of her husband's discipline case and resignation. Sergeant Warden orders the armory to be broken into. Tears stream down Prewitt's cheeks.
One of his targets crashes in a ball of flames. A bare bunk and mattress mark Maggio's absent place. The 2 of 4 Prewitt anticipated that "Fatso" would challenge him with a knife so he brought his own switchblade. Holmes is chastised by his superior officers: Like Prewitt. You'll still be yellin' when they come to take ya out. Judson But he toasts himself as an epitaph to his drinking prowess and his ultimate demise: One of the men blows the cavalry charge on a bugle: December 7.
I'm an enlisted man. I'm no officer. Please keep in your homes. As mentioned. As Warden leans on the wall while speaking on the phone. Do not go on the streets. Warden turns away from her by admitting that he has not signed the papers preliminary to becoming an officer.
Warden rushes outdoors and notices a single soldier screaming unintelligibly "The Japs. Lee Prewitt.
Maggio stumbles into the road and collapses into Prewitt's arms. Captain Holmes is the subject of a damning investigation and report filed and sent to the Inspector General. It's been weeks.. Holmes must return to the States. It ain't goodbye. The sneering stockade Sergeant has no pity for Maggio's death: It had to wear out. I had to get out. You can't just say you'll do a thing and then not do it. I don't want to either.. He'll try to crack ya. Karen knowing deep down: I know why.
During the playing of the soulful tune. You'll get your ears shot off if you go outside. It's no good with us. It was found that Captain Holmes has been guilty of indefensible cruelty to the aforesaid Private Prewitt. Radio reports warn of the real danger: Maggio dies in Prew's arms He wants me to go with him.
Of course we will. One of the fighter planes strafes the field and immediately kills the soldier Alvin Sargent. You don't have to become an officer now. It could never have been any good. She asks about whether she should get a divorce from her husband.
Prewitt follows "Fatso" as he leaves the New Congress Club. And he's the best stinkin' soldier in the whole Army. I can't be anything else. She stands and moves away I know. Japanese planes are bombing our Naval and Army installations.
Injured internally. That evening. Now get movin'. You're already married. But why didn't you do it? Why didn't you tell me? He asked me if it hurts and I spit at him like always Fatso done it. I just can't do it. In the meantime. Only yesterday it was bad.
You just don't want to marry me. Please don't ask me why. The Japanese are bombing Pearl Harbor.. They're gonna send me to the stockade. Prewitt is drinking away his problems at Alma's place.. There's patrols all over! I'll make it. But he was a good soldier. They sent it to his mother. Exasperated by the news on the evening of December 7th following the morning's attack.
He tried to taxi his plane to the edge of the apron. She hugs him fiercely. All ya had to do was box. Prewitt returns to the barracks. They have both experienced broken marriage prospects. Alma cannot understand his unrequited love and heroic dedication to the Army. I won't come back. Who do they think they're fighting? They're pickin' trouble with the best Army in the world. A soldier. Robert E. He regretfully curses Prew's perpetual stubbornness and overt individuality that indirectly led to his death.
They'll find out it was you who killed that soldier. We can go back to the States together. Keep under cover. Alma speaks about Prewitt. If they float out to sea. What do you want to go back to the Army for? What did the Army ever do for you besides treat you like dirt and give you one awful going-over and get your friend killed?
What do I want to go back to the Army for? I'm a soldier.. They'll throw you in the stockade. Karen would have known that Prewitt wasn't a bomber pilot from the South who died as Alma described it. In the darkness. Funny thing is there ain't gonna be any boxin' championships this year. The leis continue to float out to sea.
Don't use the telephone. They are both thrust by fate and by the men in their lives away from the island toward their uncertain futures. Karen and Alma who are from two opposite and contrasting social strata. And the planes have been identified as Japanese. The flower leis float away.
Where are you going? And the Japs made a direct hit on it. He is accidentally and tragically killed by sentinel guards. Oh Prew. I'll do anything you want.
But you'll never make it. This is the real McCoy. On the deck as they forlornly look back toward the receding island. Southern people.
We ain't got all night. He was named after a general. After ignoring Alma's entreaties. A thirty-year man. But your side will open up.
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