Books: The Lowest Depths

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (861 pp.)—James Jones—Scribner ($4.50).

An important American novel hit the bookstores this week. It was written by a 29-year-old veteran whose schooling ended in an Illinois high school and who enlisted in the Regular Army at 18, was busted twice from noncom to private, and was later wounded on Guadalcanal.

From Here to Eternity is a massive report on Regular Army life in pre-Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Venomously hostile to everything military, it is a complete anthology of sorehead gripes. It is repetitious, sloppily constructed and strewn with obscenities. But it has...

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