Grabbed my attention and did not let go. This is non-linear to a certain extent, so you have to have a little patience and go for the ride, which is wGrabbed my attention and did not let go. This is non-linear to a certain extent, so you have to have a little patience and go for the ride, which is written with haunting elements, and this is why I absolutely adore Haruki Murakami, of magical realism or surrealism. Nothing in the magical realism/surrealism seems too fantastic. There's no ridiculous Deus ex Machina, but rather a light seamless feel to the introduction and sequences containing those elements. If you're stuck on having a 'perfect' ending or a tight plot and stories that don't have tangents then this is not the book for you. The tangents are fun and do integrate into the main story very well, so it won't be too distracting. Better perhaps for a slightly advanced reader, but not overwhelming. I do not recall any boring passages which is probably unusual for such a long book, and if it were longer, it would probably still feel like a shorter book than it is. I'd started other books of his and did not finish, so this is probably one of his best.
Not one of my favorites because I'm not interested in tactics of which hill they decided to go on, didn't care about the hills.Longest book I've read.
Not one of my favorites because I'm not interested in tactics of which hill they decided to go on, didn't care about the hills. Wish more time had been spent on certain characters. There were too many characters and I wanted there to be more focus on a few. Liked the various responses to combat. But it seemed that there was too much of a list of all the types of things that would happen to people while in combat. Lots of where's my next drink, which was probably honest but sad, and the lengths they would go to get alcohol was also sad. Lots of prisoner abuse and maybe too much stuff you'd expect. So, I did run out of energy reading the story but took notes and got some very good quotes about people being actors and about courage.
It gets 4 stars because it is honest. It is bloody, but not so much that you will have nightmares. It makes the point of how brutal and cruel one can be in a battle situation. It does not get 5 stars because it's not my style and I didn't want to get into the Hill number this, hill number that tactics. I do read war novels and probably would appreciate Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" he's more mellifluous and better with imagery and deeper with emotion in his style I tend to think and have plenty of others on my list.
I never thought of Malaria and illness, lack of water, the heat, and the loss of glasses, theft of arms, crap food and other hardships they would have to go through. I like the various reactions people would have to combat and who would thrive and who would not thrive and the fact that James Jones was able to represent many different types of characters reactions.
It did not get 3 stars, even though it felt too long and tedious in parts, but not that tedious because I read roughly 100 pages towards the end very quickly, because it is controversial, honest and some of it was unique. Also, I feel that it's just that this particular book might just not be for me, but great for others who are interested in the tactics of battle. I've seen or heard so much about battle situations that some of the scenes wereb to be expected.
Glad he put in stuff about homosexuality in war and that there is a rerelease of "From Here to Eternity" which includes content from his original draft of that book which was deleted by his editors which includes homosexuality. I intend to read that book in part because he has shown himself to be respectful in his treatment of the topic....more