La Delgada Linea Roja

When compared to the fact that he might very well be dead by this time tomorrow, whether he was courageous or not today was pointless, empty When compared to the fact that he might be dead tomorrow, everything was pointless Life was pointless Whether he looked at a tree or not was pointless It just didn t make any difference It was pointless to the tree, it was point When compared to the fact that he might very well be dead by this time tomorrow, whether he was courageous or not today was pointless, empty When compared to the fact that he might be dead tomorrow, everything was pointless Life was pointless Whether he looked at a tree or not was pointless It just didn t make any difference It was pointless to the tree, it was pointless to every man in his outfit, pointless to everybody in the whole world Who cared It was not pointless only to him and when he was dead, when he ceased to exist, it would be pointless to him too More important Not only would it be pointless, it would have been pointless, all along Such is the ultimate significance of war in The Thin Red Line 1962 , James Jones s fictional account of the battle between American and Japanese troops on the island of Guadalcanal The narrative shifts effortlessly among multiple viewpoints within C for Charlie Company, from commanding officer Capt James Stein, his psychotic first sergeant Eddie Welsh, and the young privates they send into battle The descriptions of combat conditions and the mental states it induces are unflinchingly realistic, including the dialog in which a certain word Norman Mailer rendered as fug 15 years earlier in The Naked and the Dead appears properly spelled on numerous occasions This is than a classic of combat fiction it is one of the most significant explorations of male identity in American literature, establishing Jones as a novelist of the caliber of Herman Melville and Stephen Crane.
La Delgada Linea Roja When compared to the fact that he might very well be dead by this time tomorrow whether he was courageous or not today was pointless empty When compared to the fact that he might be dead tomorrow e

  • Title: La Delgada Linea Roja
  • Author: JamesJones
  • ISBN: 9788440691071
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “La Delgada Linea Roja”

    1. A true masterpiece and one of my favorite novels. Although it has all the realistic, gritty detailing that any novel recounting World War 2 Guadalcanal should have, it is so much more. The reader will indeed learn which gun is which and which rank is which. They will understand what needs to happen to take a hill. They will know what a crowded ship full of men will smell like. They will come to understand the practical intricacies of making war. But, as anyone who viewed the recent version of th [...]

    2. I saw the 1998 movie version of this book in theaters when it came out. I remember that I was completely mesmerized and transported by it. It was a movie about war unlike any I'd ever seen before - it was mostly quiet and internal. Walking out of the theater, I found out I was pretty much alone in my enjoyment of it - people all around me said it was slow, boring, pointless. I mention this because I think the movie version prepared me for the book, which is probably just as divisive.The story fl [...]

    3. I really love James Jones's books. As a former military man, he brings the story of war in such vivid color that you don't get from any thousand blockbusters. Think Saving Private Ryan. Then toss that into a bin. Completely not like that. There's melancholy, there's sadness, there's mad happiness in what's essentially total despair and chaos.Don't expect a happy ending, only a bitter sweet one. Don't expect miracles, because there won't be any, only a bunch of human stories coming together loose [...]

    4. I had the same reaction to this as I did to From Here to Eternity, which is to say that the beginning was so irritating that it almost made me put it down, but I ended up glad that I didn't. I haven't read too many other books that were written around this time, but the prose style in this seems lackluster. Yeah, there are some poetic bits, but there are also bits that seem really lazy. In the first handful of pages, for example, Jones uses the words 'unpleasant' and 'supercilious' to describe D [...]

    5. See my review on From here To Eternity. I thought that this would be a let down after that wonderful book but had no issues at all. Fine book indeed. Now to try and force my self to read the final book of the trio.

    6. If I saw this in a bookshop, the likelihood is I'd walk straight past it without a second glance. I have little to no prior experience with 'war writing' (I'm not sure whether to count The Book Thief) - something like this isn't the kind of thing I'd normally read, but I'm so glad I did!I won't go into too much detail about the plot (no spoilers!), but the basic premise of the novel is that it follows a group of US troops, 'C-for-Charlie Company', and depicts their experiences during the Guadalc [...]

    7. This is one of the greatest books on how World War II was fought in the Pacific; it is also unparalleled in its exploration of the nature of war, especially on how it affects the psyches of those bound up in it. It's the second of Jones' trilogy on the Second World War. All of the venues of the three novels were derived from his experiences; Pre-war Schofield Barracks in Oahu, the 1942-43 battles of Mount Austen, the Galloping Horse, and the Sea Horse on Guadalcanal, and in military hospitals. T [...]

    8. this is a much much later comment: i have trouble believing it is almost three years since read, so certain i recall the film, the resolution to read 'from here to eternity' then this again! i have to read this again.t review: this is an unusual book, an unusual history of reading: i read this after seeing it as one of my favourite films, so i cannot tell if it has strong images as all i see are scenes from the movie. characters played by certain actors, tropics played by certain islands, action [...]

    9. The thin red linewhet is it? It is the line that separates life from death, health from injury.The Novel is an anti-war novel. The effects of war are clearly elaborated. The reasons for war is actually left out. We see Welsh asking himself why they are fighting? He seems to be the only one with an answer to that question.Fife also tries to answer that question, but his reasons are vague. Besides being sent by the government, he's in war for his own personal reasons. That is, to prove that he is [...]

    10. “The Thin Red Line,” by James Jones, is the fictional account of the trials endured by the men of Charlie Company during their first month on Guadalcanal in the early days of WWII. The book, first published in 1962, has come to be recognized as a classic war novel. I think that designation is well-deserved – the book is an incredible examination of the varying ways in which men react to the shock of combat. Jones follows at least a dozen recurring characters through a range of experiences [...]

    11. Outstanding account of hill battle at Guadalcanal, the first step in taking back Pacific islands from the Japanese in World War 2. The 1964 book, which was the basis of the great Terrence Malick movie in 1998, was founded on Jones' experience as a veteran of the battle. The portrayal of a company of green soldiers from all walks of life becoming transformed by the horrors and challenges of war and their courage and cowardice into an effective fighting force is very moving. There is much life and [...]

    12. An incredible War story set in the pacific theater of WWII. Packed with action, relationships, drama and a close look at the inferno of war.This would be a good companion book to Catch 22, if one were to chart a course for literature of the second world war.

    13. Book Review: My personal take on The Thin Red LineI am a war novel enthusiast, but little do I ever read a book so intricate, complete, compelling, psychological, and informational as James Jones’s The Thin Red Line. I would highly recommend this novel. The novel tells the story of not what character, but of Charlie Company (C Company for short). The characters in the novel represent the tragedies and eternal effects of war. Some officers in the company fear their lives, but are seem cowards a [...]

    14. At university I had to take a course that was called "Manhood in past and present" which I didn´t find very interesting because usually I´m not into gender studies that much.This novel, however, really reminded me of some things our professor told us then, which were about the changes a man in combat can go through: sheer terror, bravery, dehumanization or "combat numbness", and how these things define some of our modern views of men at war. As a German I really want to understand how the mach [...]

    15. This is an incredible study of war and of men who have participated in battle. This book will not make you feel good; it is not designed for that. Jones, who served in the Guadalcanal campaign, says a lot in his dedication at the beginning of the novel: "This book is cheerfully dedicated to those greatest and most heroic of human endeavors, WAR and WARFARE; may they never cease to give us the pleasure, excitement and adrenal stimulation that we need, or provide us with the heroes, the presidents [...]

    16. Let’s start with the names of the soldiers: Big Queen, Buck Sergeant Doll, Shorty Tall. Then move on to the soldiers’ names for their battle sites: The Giant Boiled Shrimp, The Sea Slug, Boola Boola. In vivid strokes like these, Jones brings intimacy, humor, and authenticity to his story of the U.S. invasion of Guadalcanal, told from the viewpoints of a handful of combat troops in C-for-Charlie Company. This book gives a reader so much to gnaw on: What is a soldier? What makes a good one? Ca [...]

    17. I'm surprised that I did not like the book more. I can't even figure out why, but it's definitely not the best war book I've ever read, to say the least. At some points purely boring. I couldn't make myself like any of the characters. It didn't also help that almost all of them had 4- or 5-letter names, many of them even rhyming, and I couldn't figure out who is who. There's Bell, Dale, Blane, Darl, Doll, Culp, Culn, Cash, Bead, Band, Beck, Keck, Gray, Gaff, Carr, Witt, Task, Tall and more. Seri [...]

    18. Otro más, que cae.Supongo que a todo el mundo le sonarán las películas De aquí a la eternidad y La delgada línea roja, pues además debería sonarnos también que el autor de la dos novelas en que se basan es el mismo, James Jones. Aún no he visto la película, pero sé que tiene fama de dura, pero la novela no es para menos. Creo que es la aproximación más real a lo que pasa por la cabeza de alguien cuando se encuentra en esas situaciones extremas de combate, y también las preguntas qu [...]

    19. This book is a tour de force! If you are looking for a controilled sequentiial narrative this is not it, but as someone who has seen combat the exploration of the function ofmen's minds in those circumstances is right on the knocker. Given my own experiences and conversations in the field and often afterwards the themes Jones outlines turn up time after time, often wryly in retrospect with a dash of embarrassed humour but there. The book has an essential American flavour, and much of the interna [...]

    20. My favorite World War II novel. I'm tempted to say "sentimental favorite," if that makes any sense applied to this hard-core tale of American soldiers in Guadalcanal. Jones is convincing on the banality, the raw fear, the horniness and insanity of combat – he refuses to romanticize any of it, just as he skips the easy polemics. A gritty, captivating tale.Fortunately I read the book before I saw Terrence Malik's film – which is excellent, if a bit too austere and stylized. Malik leaves out th [...]

    21. James Jones is a talented writer with great insights and perspectives but I just could not connect with The Thin Red Line.I loved From Here To Eternity but I found The Thin Red Line to be somewhat slow and laboring. Perhaps it was the use of fictional settings on a real island (Guadalcanal) that threw me off but I look for, and value, historical accuracy in historical novels. The War was long over when he published this book so national security could not have been the reason for the fictitious [...]

    22. I just couldn't finish this. I got to about page 130. Then I realised I couldn't care less about the characters.I started to read this because I lived on Guadalcanal as a child, so I was quite disappointed to learn the author had changed the names of hills/towns etc, to render them unrecognisable. The chapters were overlong. There were so many characters I couldn't remember who was who especially as I was struggling to keep my mind on the book anyway.There isn't much more I can say, really. Ther [...]

    23. This novel is awfully good. Clearly amongst the best war novels that I have read. I really didn't care for the movie when it came out, and after reading the book, understand why: The book is far more about the human rationalization of solidering and killing, than it is about actual events. Internal dialogs drive the narrative, and they are much more accurate than those of (at least from the feeble understanding of human behavior I use to conjecture) other war novelists. There's something masochi [...]

    24. Really 3 1/2 stars. This is the second of James Jones's WWII trilogy. Jones has a dense, thick writing style that I sometimes find hard to stay with. There are a lot of characters that can mesh with one another and at times it's hard to remember who is who. That being said it is a memorable book and I'm glad I read it. It presents a realistic view of what warfare in the Pacific in WWII must have been like. There is a lot of time given to interpersonal relationships and the petty and personal rea [...]

    25. Ultimately unsatisfying, though a masterpiece of construction. Jones's efforts to be rigorous and accurate about war, both technically and emotionally, end up bogging down any kind of thrust to the story. If you don't want to have a thrusty story, fine, but then don't have so many goddamn characters you head-hop around to; give me a chance to work up some empathy over here!

    26. A work of genius. The book has excellent character development, it has an impressive, and unvarnished, descriptive vividness, it's engrossing, and amidst a lot of melancholy it has the correct amount of black humour to balance it out.

    27. The Thin Red Line, based on the novel by James Jones, written and directed by Terrence Malick9 out of 10Notes and thoughts on other books are available at:- youtube/playlist?list and realini/This astonishing work seems to be, for large segments, more of a cinematic poem than a film about war.It was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay…Strangely, it was not nominated for any Golden Globes, but won the Berlin International Film Festi [...]

    28. When James Jones died the Army lost one of its own. Here was a soldier, a man with an abiding regard for things military. Many novelists treat war and the Army but only with a passing interest. They write one book and get it out of their systems. For Jones, From Here to Eternity was the start of a lifelong study of what it means to be a soldier. To the day he died he thought like a soldier. Other writers delve into high society or family life or la vie boheme. Jones was at his best when he explo [...]

    29. Classic tale that tackles the whole of war - the heroics, the fears, the cynicism. Jones knew war from the inside and my guess is he leaves nothing out. At times reading this I too felt I was really there, facing the enemy or myself. The tactics and manoeuvres often unfortunately become too detailed. And Jones' preference is to report rather than re-create a scene so there is minimal dialogue. I usually like this but often the detailing here becomes overwhelming. And you have to concentrate to k [...]

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