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The Thin Red Line by James Jones
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Oct 03, 14

bookshelves: world-war-ii

In this fictional account of the battle to capture Guadalcanal during World War II, Jones puts on view the range of emotions and responses of the men in a single infantry company (C-for-Charlie) during the assault on a Japanese fortress island. The Thin Red Line plods along for the first few pages getting the reader used to the slow pace and high level of detail James Jones mines for the rest of the book. Once settled in though, the reader begins to appreciate the comprehensive view painted of all things great and small regarding these men in this war.

Jones can take 100 pages to describe the preparation for and assault of a single hill, yet the reader is drawn along effortlessly in the Band of Brothers type story where the characters are fully developed and unforgettable. Jones writes whereof he speaks, as he served in the United States Army for the entire war starting as an eighteen year old in 1939. This is a nicely nuanced narrative.

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