Thin Red Line

Thin Red Line

From Here to Eternity Series, Book 2

eBook - 2011
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Jones's classic novel of the battle of Guadalcanal: a portrait of American soldiers facing the horror of war in intense jungle combat In August of 1942 the first American marines charged Guadalcanal, igniting a six-month battle for two thousand square miles of jungle and sand. In that gruesome stretch sixty thousand Americans made the jump from boat to beach, and one in nine did not return. James Jones fought in that battle, and The Thin Red Line is his haunting portrait of men and war. The soldiers of C-for-Charlie Company are not cast from the heroic mold. The unit's captain is too intelligent and sensitive for the job, his first sergeant is half mad, and the enlisted men begin the campaign gripped by cowardice. Jones's moving portrayal of the Pacific combat experience stands among the great literature of World War II. This ebook features an illustrated biography of James Jones including rare photos from the author's estate.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Media, 2011
ISBN: 9781453215678
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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While both the novel and film depict the brutality and inhumanity of war by following a company of American soldiers through the battle for Guadalcanal, they do so in very different ways. The novel is unsparingly realistic. The film is more surreal, even pastoral at times, in the way it places sc... Read More »


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lukasevansherman
Jan 28, 2014

Like most people, I saw Terrence Malick's excellent film version before reading the book. Malick uses the basic structure and setting, but adds his own lyrical/transcendental touch to it, as if a copy of Emerson were left on top of Jones's novel and they bled together. Based on Jones's own experiences in WW2, "The Thin Red Line" is a tough, gritty, powerful, and sometimes vulgar account of men fighting in Guadalcanal. Aside from the combat, he also deals with the tensions and relationships in the company. I feel this a much more successful of a WW2 novel than Mailer's overpraised "The Naked and the Dead." Jones's other major novel was "From Here to Eternity."

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