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Freeper Reading Club Discussion: "From Here To Eternity"
Self | Janurary 12, 2002 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 01/12/2003 2:39:55 PM PST by PJ-Comix

The Freeper Reading Club now stands at 131 members which makes it (I believe) the LARGEST Reading Club on the Internet. Actually it may be the LARGEST Reading Club anywhere.

Anyway, I hope that most of our 131 members read the current assignment, From Here To Eternity by James Jones. This is perhaps the GREATEST novel ever written. I think it qualifies for THE Great American Novel. Many of you might not know this but most of the characters in this book (and in James Jones' other novels) were based on REAL people. The minor character of Slade (the Army Air Corps soldier) was based on James Jones himself (Jones transferred from the Air Corps to the regular infantry while stationed in Hawaii.)

I'll post more about all this as the discussion continues so post away your comments about this book. Oh, and if anybody else wants to join the Freeper Reading Club, Freepmail me and I'll put you on the Ping LIst.


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To: 7thson
Go To The Widowmaker is an good read, but Some Came Running, his second novel I believe, is actually better and right on par with FHTE.

I think I have Some Come Running lying around here somewhere. I'll have to see if I can find it. I understand there is a long version of it which I would prefer to read.

51 posted on 01/13/2003 3:46:01 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: firebrand
FYI
52 posted on 01/13/2003 3:47:56 PM PST by nutmeg
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To: dstrom
One thing that struck me in the book was the constant use of the word "tailormades" to refer to cigarettes that we now take for granted - that is, cigarrettes that are already pre-rolled and packaged 20 to a pack. Back in 1941, many soldiers in the service couldn't afford the "tailormades" and rolled their own.

I just think it's ironic because we seem to have come full-circle. For the "tailormades" have become so expensive due to oppressive taxes that even the affluent have taken to rolling their own again.

53 posted on 01/14/2003 5:31:41 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76
For the "tailormades" have become so expensive due to oppressive taxes that even the affluent have taken to rolling their own again.

Actually with the cigarette making machines now they can roll really good ones. There was a thread here once about that.

BTW, I just started reading a book by the same guy who wrote Watership Down, Adams. This book is called Traveller and is about Robert E. Lee's horse of the same name and told from its point of view. So far the book seems really terrific and it would probably make a great cartoon movie.

54 posted on 01/14/2003 6:02:10 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: SamAdams76
It was very common to call the Madam of a cat house "Mrs". My grandfather and I were very close and in the tales of his ramblings in Western Canada before WW1, a few MRS's came up.
55 posted on 01/14/2003 6:23:01 PM PST by Little Bill (Found out the hard way!)
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To: Little Bill
My grandfather and I were very close and in the tales of his ramblings in Western Canada before WW1, a few MRS's came up.

Mrs. MacKenzie of the Victoria Club?

56 posted on 01/15/2003 12:16:23 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: SamAdams76
WOW! So far this Traveller is an INCREDIBLE book. It is the story of Robert E. Lee in the Civil War told through the eyes of his horse, Traveller. Why this novel by Richard Adams ("Watership Down") isn't more popular I don't know. But so far (I just started) it is GREAT! I picked it up for two bits at the flea market and didn't intend to read it until sometime in the future but after just reading the first couple of pages it sort of pulled me in.

Anybody else out there ever hear of Traveller the book?

57 posted on 01/16/2003 3:32:36 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Found them both. About 100 pages into FHTE...
Thanks!
58 posted on 01/19/2003 5:57:18 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Another disturbed youth makes good!)
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To: PJ-Comix
I'm a little late to the party here, but I did read FHTE. Please put me on the ping list.

My reaction to the actual reading of this book surprised me. Because of its length I often thought of quitting, but every single time, another beautiful paragraph would hook me. The book was, to me, not so much the story but the honesty of the writing and the author's really unique ability to put into beautifully placed words thoughts and motivations of his characters. I think reading this book would make anyone a better writer, or at least give them a goal to aspire to. Reading this book could make the reader a better THINKER. Maybe that's what's so great about the author, he was a great THINKER and had the gift of being able to put it into words.

Thank you, PJ.
59 posted on 01/30/2003 8:00:00 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.--Mark Twain)
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