Start by marking “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I'll take their word for it. I was intrigued that, among many other emendations, a lot of material about gay activities in the peacetime army had been excised. I have had the book on the shelf for probably close to 30 years,and never read it till now. I'm all about setting the scene and giving the reader a real since of what the character is feeling. technological upgrade to the old columbarium, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty -- 4 stars, Good Minds Suggest: Caitlin Doughty Recommends Coffee Table Corpses. This complete, uncensored version of James Jones' 1951 naturalistic classic is raw, gritty and (despite its nearly 900-page length) free of extraneous information or adornment. It reminded me of my undergrad studies in anthropology, and I learned a vast amount. hey, already read this book; how many times have I done this (several times over the last ten years) but so rereads have been a thing w/me lately so read it again, ok. Well, lots of high style reading since last this book has produced a newer less-than appreciation for a novel that just tells it straight relying on plot/character and plenty of it to do the trick. Not this book, which is in my view a complete waste of time, but the whole concept of the middlebrow novel, a genre that has disappeared. Here was a soldier, a man with an abiding regard for things military. Recommend Caitlin's books to everyone they're so good!! There are apparently three options for the Army men serving in Hawaii in the days just before Pearl Harbor: get an island girl (or some other Asian or Pacific Islander) in a shack; visit one of the many, many local whorehouses (if you have $15, apparently you can even go "around the world"); or get liquored up courtesy of a wealthy, gay sugardaddy. It is a story about men obsessed with manliness and status. My impetus for reading this came via an odd, circuitous route - I was listening to the recently shuttered, flop London musical based on the novel, and read that it, in turn, incorporated material from the uncensored, restored version of the book that had only been published a few years previously. This is very much an informational nonfiction rather than a memoir, though there are memoir-esque elements about the companions Caitlin travelled with. In her nonfiction book, “Insist on going to the cremation, insist on going to the burial. From 1940 to 1973 all able bodied men in United States army were required to serve in the American military for 2 years. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. It is something to be feared, kept away from, hidden behind expensive caskets and embalming and services in a "multisensory experience room" (p. 234). Being new here at Goodreads, I've spent quite some time wandering around and jiggering all the bells and whistles. In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love. In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and … What it does do is immerse the reader in the intolerable situation Robert E. Lee Prewitt from Kentucky finds himself as a member of Schofield Barracks in Hawaii: he's a boxer who refuses to box after badly wounding a man. It had some share of snoring parts but I did get into some of the characters and the dialogue. It was just so little in between so much, for lack of a better word, crap. The experience of military service spawned many excellent novels reflecting on life in the military and on the military vocation. Jones’s other novels are Some … They write one book and get it out of their systems. hey, already read this book; how many times have I done this (several times over the last ten years) but so rereads have been a thing w/me lately so read it again, ok. Well, lots of high style reading since last this book has produced a newer less-than appreciation for a novel that just tells it straight relying on plot/character and plenty of it to do the trick. Directed by Fred Zinnemann. were many non-western cultures perform more natural acts of burial, a non-industrial cremation. This is the second book Caitlin Doughty's published, and it is also my second read of hers. This is a great overview of death rituals around the world, but not an in depth resource for death geeks. Everyday low prices and free … I thought it the oddest thing, completely unheard of. April 2004 The two major women characters Karen Holmes and Alma "Lorene" Schmidt are well developed but take a back seat to Prewitt's and Warden's stories. I had to keep reminding myself that most of them were young immature men. Many veterans who have read Mr. Jones's novel assert it was an accurate portrayal of the times in the Army. I did like reading the second half of the book and imagine Prew as Mont. There are other notable individuals such as Angelo Maggio, Dana Holmes, and the cook Maylon Stark. For years this has just been that "super-long WWII novel about Hawaii during Pearl Harbor" that I knew was supposed to be good but never could bring myself to read. The closest I ever came to serving in the military was joining the Cub Scouts and playing with my G.I. Wonderful story and great writing that had me loving every word and moment. Buy a cheap copy of From Here to Eternity book by James Jones. I cannot wait to pick up more of Doughty's work and to binge watch her YouTube channel "Ask a Mortician.". by Gramercy. Furthermore, in May 2011, Open Road Integrated Media published a new edition of From Here to Eternity — with the previously censored passages restored — as an e-book… As a very young girl, I used to go church on weekends with my grandparents, and they would always go to the funeral home after church. Welcome back. His other works include Some Came Running, The Pistol, Go to the Widow-Maker, The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories, The Merry Month of May, A Touch of Danger, Whistle, and To the End of the War—a book … Well, maybe not. Great book. From Here to Eternity … I had never seen the Oscar winning movie version but half way through the book I made the time to watch it. It's really very interesting. This was not what I was expecting, which was a SGIYE part two. As a result, and with James Jones' adroit use of peripheral characters and their plights, we get a ne. Collins published the first UK edition of From Here to Eternity in London in 1952. It won the U.S. National Book Award. Date read is a guess. Not really remembering a lot from the award-winning film (or the subsequent TV miniseries of 1979), I decided to give it a try anyway ... and surprisingly, really, REALLY enjoyed reading it. As a result, and with James Jones' adroit use of peripheral characters and their plights, we get a nearly complete overview of U.S. Army life just before the American entry into the second World War. For a few weeks James Jones took me back to the lush tropics of Wahoo once again. From Here to Eternity is a 1953 American drama romance war film directed by Fred Zinnemann, and written by Daniel Taradash, based on the 1951 novel of the same name by James Jones. Feminist characters. But when page after page is devoted solely to, for example, how the sound of a bugle makes a guy feel, it's just too much. An American classic now available with scenes and dialogue considered unfit for publication in the 1950s, From Here to Eternity is a stirring picture of army life in the months leading up … I would still recommend this though and read anything else she publishes. This book took me. It's really very interesting. Society can be considered a fabric that surrounds us. What little dialogue there was I enjoyed. During this 33 period there were 16 years of war and 17 years of peace. Anyone who has heard tales of life in the army. When James Jones died the Army lost one of its own. My main premise is as follows: The emotive fire of the creative artist loses its heat when transferred to another medium. As great as the movie is the book is equally as great and somewhat better in the added details of the 1sg, the mess sergeant, and Prewitt and the other characters from the women to the soldiers and the 30 year men. The death culture of the US endeavors to paint a pleasing facade over what we consider macabre. Then, too, I suspect that in instances when the movie was the original, inspired creation, and the book was the one riding the coattails—as in the novelized versions of Dark Knight and Terminator—the opposite is true. As a very young girl, I used to go church on weekends with my grandparents, and they would always go to the funeral home after church. It was always the funeral home three day viewings followed by a church service and grave site service. Now, thanks to Jones' family and OpenRoad Media, we can read the book as it was written. I was intrigued that, among many other emendations, a lot of material about gay activities in the peacetime army had been excised. How can a book about war, with no war in it, be so damned compelling? Obviously they didn't read "Battle Cry" by Leon Uris or "Once An Eagle" by Anton Myrer and a whole host of other books that I found to be much better reads. Well, it don't, like it might have used to. Other countries, not only have a different view of their dead, but treat their dead entirely different. It’s a warm blanket that has been pieced together to suit our way of life and our collective needs. Many novelists treat war and the Army but only with a passing interest. After hearing nothing but good things about this book I couldn't wait to read it. The novel revolves two major characters, Robert E. Lee Prewitt and Milton Anthony Warden. While her first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, was a collection of personal stories from Caitlin, From Here to Eternity is a story of others. Educated women, who have the privilege to devote their efforts to righting a wrong. Honestly, the movie does not give the book justice because there were so many omitted details. Such writers are hailed as genius and given awards: James Jones and especially Norman Mailer. I enjoy Caitlin Doughty’s books so much, I’m now sorry I’ve finished the third book she’s published so far because I could use more of her caustic humour on the facts of death and what happens to our bodies, told in delightfully gruesome details, once life as we know it departs from them and other forms of life take over what’s left. Three-and-a-half stars, really. We’d love your help. 04. Great summer read. what is Charles Rolo's comment on James Jones's novel, From Here to Eternity? I can't believe it was even published back then. The movie is much better than the book. … To present a more tasteful image of life in the military. The novel revolves two major characters, Robert E. Lee Prewitt and Milton Anthony Warden. So when I finally read it, I was pretty surprised that it wasn't anything that I was expecting. The dayroom orderly, fugitive from straight duty, sat on one of the motheaten upholstered chairs, boredly scanning a comic book, his mop between his knees. It’s because I was alternating my reading time with four other books. We'd never see it.". For Jones, My impetus for reading this came via an odd, circuitous route - I was listening to the recently shuttered, flop London musical based on the novel, and read that it, in turn, incorporated material from the uncensored, restored version of the book that had only been published a few years previously. I want to go to her funeral facility when I pass. This complete, uncensored version of James Jones' 1951 naturalistic classic is raw, gritty and (despite its nearly 900-page length) free of extraneous information or adornment. I need to rewatch the movie again now...this book is great.....I enjoyed it,and it went into a lot more details about the characters lives, then any movie ever could,and it was heavy on the military life, and what it's like to be a soldier in those days. Many, many years later a family member passed and was cremated. Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to... Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. A journey around the world about death and grief. I know a lot of people really enjoy and indeed praise such writing as "Candid and Dramatic" and "Powerfully Emotional". There are other notable individuals such as Angelo Maggio, Dana Holmes, and the cook Maylon Stark. Her account questions the rituals of the American funeral industry—especially chemical embalming—and suggests that the most effective traditions are those that allow mourners to personally attend to the body of the deceased. Society can be considered a fabric that surrounds us. And while of course I can find old mid-20th Century middlebrow nov. To see what your friends thought of this book. Society, keeps us safe, wards off isolation, and also defines the possibilities of our success. Insist on being involved, even if it is just brushing your mother’s hair as she lies in her casket. Homosexuals debating (at length) the nature of their sexual orientation. Caitlin Doughty has done it again: dragged us death-phobic Westerners into the light of what grieving and death could (and maybe should) look like. Could've used less "grinning". Many novelists treat war and the Army but only with a passing interest. In From Here to Eternity she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears. And I've seen hundreds and hundreds of book titles and authors, both those chosen by members and those otherwise included and promoted on the website. We’d love your help. See 1 question about From Here to Eternity…. Here was a soldier, a man with an abiding regard for things military. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published But when he refuses to … I nowadays rarely read novels but did this one after seeing the film The Thin Red Line and reading various reviews of James Jones novels. But wh. At times, it can seem that grief is monolithic, but not every culture deals with death and grief in the same way. And that feels like the key to this all-right, 3.5 star (at best) book. Note that this isn't a review as much as it is a personal reflection. I didn't know there was anything different. Someone else might have to corroborate this idea, because I, for one, have never and will never read the novelization of any movie. Loved the voice, the setting and sense of place. From Here to Eternity … Regardless of who we are, however, we must live with the fit that society affords us or suffer the consequences of living without its collective warmth. Read in one fascinated day. OK, this might sound really weird....but I've been to a lot of funerals. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I had many long discussions with my husband about it as I was so confused. I must have forgotten to formally review it. The delightful second book by death-positive revolutionary (and American hero) Caitlin Doughty, From Here to Eternity is a heartfelt travelogue through ancient funerary practices and cutting … Non-conformist rebels. My favorite chapter was about Japan, as there were more details that helped me understand their rituals and culture. The personal explorations by a young California mortician of funeral practices across the world. I think it was a New York Times Review that said this book was "The best book to come out of WWII". This is an absolute must-read. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. This book was so interesting! This is a brief tour of some of the world's strangest burial practices. I'm all about setting the scene and giving the reader a real since of what the character is feeling. doll) when I was a kid. From Zoroastrian sky burials to wish-granting Bolivian skulls, she investigates the world’s funerary customs and expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity. From Here to Eternity by Quidera, Tasso and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. When James Jones died the Army lost one of its own. That was how the movie posters for From Here To Eternity touted Fred Zinnemann's adaptation of … Cemeteries wall off the dead behind stone, concrete, and coffin wood. So decomposition becomes a radical act. It is lumpy where it’s been stretched and binding in the places that have never been touched. From Here to Eternity Traveling the World to Find the Good Death (Book) : Doughty, Caitlin : A New York Times and Los Angeles Times Bestseller The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your … I could not put this down. Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty embarks on a global expedition to discover how other cultures care for the dead. It occurs during a time when women had limited options and Jim … Joe action figure (a.k.a. They write one book and get it out of their systems. Then, too, I suspect that in instances when the movie was the original, inspired creation, and the book was the one riding the coattails—as in the novelized versions of Dark Knight and Terminator—the opposite is true. This book almost took an eternity to finish (all 840 pages). … But society is not tailor-made. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by James Jones ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 26, 1951 A controversial reception is a safe prediction for this already heralded first novel — that and a wide … In this book we learn about death culture from all over the world, … I wish Caitlin had been more present in the text as she was in. Now I know why this story looks so familiar to me: a movie was made based on this booK: Gripping novel of the GI's garrison life at Schofield Barracks up to and the attack of Pearl Harbor. It is lumpy where it’s been stretched and binding in the places that have never been touched. I wish Caitlin had been more present in the text as she was in SGIYE. Refresh and try again. Of course,” you hear them say, “the book was much better than the movie.” And while we’ve heard this observation time and again, no one really elaborates as to why. This book almost took an eternity to finish (all 840 pages). It's no holds barred on the language of the GI's. fascinating book about the various cultures and how they interact with death, and the concept of the departed or loved one. And it was one of the many surprises i. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! Sure, there are languid passages of philosophical diatribes that seem anachronistically out of place - and stylistically atrocious, crazy-making things, like Jones' eschewing apostrophes, and stringing together 2 or 3 adverbs, willy-nilly. And I mean a lot. It really got me thinking tbh. Originally published by Scribner in 1951, James Jones' novel was heavily edited to, purportedly, get it past the censors of the time. Well, it don't, like it might have used to. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. "T he boldest book of our time … honestly, fearlessly on the screen!" But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. In, I absolutely LOVED this. The James Jones Reader: Outstanding Selections from His War Writings, Including from Here to Eternity,the Thin Red Line, and Whistle by Jones, James and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. Honestly, the movie does not give the book justice because there were so many omitted details. doll) when I was a kid. Embalmers camouflage the reality of the grave with chemicals and adornments. Being new here at Goodreads, I've spent quite some time wandering around and jiggering all the bells and whistles. Welcome back. It seems that the United States may be the only country that avoids the subject of death. Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. With Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed. On to something more to my taste! To see what your friends thought of this book. Do not be afraid. In the epilogue, thanking people, Caitlin says, "Finally Landis Blair, who was an all-right boyfriend but is now a killer collaborator". Fascinated by our pervasive fear of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty embarks on a global expedition to discover how other cultures care for the dead. Steve Railsback played Prewitt as recall. It was always the funeral home three day viewings followed by a church service and grave site service. My favorite chapter was about Japan, as there were more details that helped me understand their rituals and culture. With curiosity and morbid humour, Doughty introduces us to inspiring death-care innovators, participates in powerful … Exquisitely illustrated by artist Landis Blair. Cuckolded husbands (actually, everyone gets cuckolded). Pvt. An epic read and an epic story. This was not what I was expecting, which was a SGIYE part two. I had never seen the Oscar winning movie version but half way through the book I made the time to watch it. by W. W. Norton Company, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. So interesting and a great introduction to this topic! Joe action figure (a.k.a. Jones’s experiences informed his epic novels From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line. Each character is believable and understandable, and that makes some brutal events in the book have that much more impact. I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Doughty's previous book. I had many long discussions with my husband about it. Society, keeps us safe, wards off isolation, and also defines the possibilities of our success. And I've seen hundreds and hundreds of book titles and authors, both those chosen by members and those otherwise included and promoted on the website. Don't give out many five stars anymore but I really loved the first two in this trilogy, Whistle not so much. Well-written and completely absorbing, I’ll definitely read all of Doughty’s other books. Interesting to say the least. That was a scene you didn't see closeted Montgomery Clift and Frank m-f-ing Sinatra play in the movie version. These are human acts, acts of bravery and love in the face of death and loss.”, “It is worth noting that the main players in the recomposition project are women—scientists, anthropologists, lawyers, architects. It’s a warm blanket that has been pieced together to suit our way of life and our collective needs. It is a brutal book but not gloomy. Obviously they didn't read "Battle Cry" by Leon Uris or "Once An Eagle" by Anton Myrer and a whole host of other books that I found to be much better reads. This is a great overview of death rituals around the world, but not an in depth resource for death geeks. Jones' writing is wordy and bloated, even more so than Stephen King's. Prew stepped … Buy From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death 01 by Doughty, Caitlin, Blair, Landis (ISBN: 9781474606516) from Amazon's Book Store. From Zoroastrian sky burials to wish-granting Bolivian skulls, she investigates the world’s funerary customs and expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity. Los Angeles-based mortician Caitlin Doughty is out to demystify death. It is sad few people read Jones nowadays - he was an American original, and this National Book Award winning novel should be rediscovered, especially in this uncensored version, as Jones originally intended it. It’s a fascinating glimpse into customs and rituals from around the world after the death of loved ones. But in my humble opinion their work is nothing but CRAP. Insist on applying her favorite shade of lipstick, the one she wouldn’t dream of going to the grave without. Not this book, which is in my view a complete waste of time, but the whole concept of the middlebrow novel, a genre that has disappeared. From here to eternity by James Jones, unknown edition, Open Library is an initiative of the Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural … From here to eternity by James Jones, November 3, 1991, Laurel edition, in English ... June 4, 1998, Coronet Books Paperback - New Ed edition zzzz. Someone else might have to corroborate this idea, because I, for one, have ne. I think it was a New York Times Review that said this book was "The best book to come out of WWII". Proto-Hippie gurus. After shelving his unpublished first novel, They Shall Inherit the Laughter, Jones completed the critically acclaimed international bestseller From Here to Eternity. Hell of a book. I mean that both in the sense that as a reader I sympathized with characters as events happened to them, but also in situations where I understood why a character acted out negatively or in a self-destructive way. Love the movie with Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Cliff, Burt Lancester, Deborah Kerr. “That was one of the virtues of being a pessimist: nothing was ever as bad as you thought it would be.”, “The little bit you and me might change the world," Malloy smiled, "it wouldnt show up until a hundred years after we were dead. The two major women c. Many veterans who have read Mr. Jones's novel assert it was an accurate portrayal of the times in the Army. Not really remembering a lot from the award-winning film (or the subse. Start by marking “From Here to Eternity” as Want to Read: Error rating book. But he makes up for this with a genuinely exciting plot and characters that one really cares about. It’s because I was alternating my reading time with four other books. The later TV miniseries was truer to the book and Natalie Wood was a better choice than Deborah Kerr. I am giving up at 152 pages. recruited 1,200 volunteers and spent a year re-creating a four-hour pageant. There are apparently three options for the Army men serving in Hawaii in the days just before Pearl Harbor: get an island girl (or some other Asian or Pacific Islander) in a shack; visit one of the many, many local whorehouses (if you have $15, apparently you can even go "around the world"); or get liquored up courtesy of a wealthy, gay sugardaddy. He did not even bother to look up. I read this about a year ago as a buddy read with Beth. What it does do is immerse the reader in the intolerable situation Robert E. Lee Prewitt from Kentucky finds himself as a member of Schofield Barracks in Hawaii: he's a boxer who refuses to box after badly wounding a man. October 9th 2018 Katrina noted that “humans are so focused on preventing aging and decay—it’s become an obsession. This is a fine enough book that way, good descriptions of a way o. Twenty pages in and wha? After hearing nothing but good things about this book I couldn't wait to read it. 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