Unfinished Art James Jones's World War II Trilogy

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10. JAMES JONES: WORLD WAR II TRILOGY (begun 1951)

When James Jones, considered one of the finest novelists of U.S. Army life, died in 1977 at 55, he had completed all but three chapters of Whistle, the last volume of his huge W.W. II trilogy, which included From Here to Eternity (1951) and The Thin Red Line (1962). The three books form a unified whole as Jones traced the history of the company in which he actually served, following it from Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal and finally back to U.S. military hospitals. He shows the disintegration of a peacetime army's code of honor under the pressure of trying to survive in combat. By the last volume, the characters no longer know what is honorable or even who the enemy is. Jones worked 10, 12, and 14 hours a day, knowing his fight to complete the book before dying would go down to the wire. His close friend William Morris put together a detailed synopsis of the final missing chapters of Whistle, based on the novelist's notes and conversations that they had had.

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