The Thin Red Line

James Jones (Author) Francine Prose (Foreword by)
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Description

They are the men of C-for-Charlie company--"Mad" 1st Sgt. Eddie Welsh, Pvt. 1st Class Don Doll, Pvt. John Bell, Capt. James Stein, Cpl. Fife, and dozens more just like them--infantrymen who are about to land, grim and white-faced, on an atoll in the Pacific called Guadalcanal. This is their story, a shatteringly realistic walk into hell and back.

In the days ahead, some will earn medals, others will do anything they can dream up to get evacuated before they land in a muddy grave. But they will all discover the thin red line that divides the sane from the mad--and the living from the dead--in this unforgettable portrait that captures for all time the total experience of men at war.

Foreword by Francine Prose

"Brutal, direct, and powerful . . . The men are real, the words are real, death is real, imminent and immediate."--Los Angeles Times

"A rare and splendid accomplishment . . . strong and ambitious, spacious, and as honest as any novel ever written."-- Newsweek

"[A] major novel of combat in World War II . . . reminiscent of Stephen Crane in
The Red Badge of Courage."--The Christian Science Monitor

"
The Thin Red Line moves so intensely and inexorably that it almost seems like the war it is describing."--The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

Price
$18.00  $16.56
Publisher
Dial Press
Publish Date
February 09, 1998
Pages
528
Dimensions
5.2 X 1.3 X 7.9 inches | 1.15 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780385324083
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About the Author

James Jones (1921-77) was an American novelist best known for his World War II trilogy: From Here to Eternity, winner of the 1952 National Book Award, The Thin Red Line, and Whistle, the last published posthumously. During World War II, he was decorated with both the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.

Francine Prose is the author of many bestselling books of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the nonfiction New York Times bestseller Reading like a Writer. Her novel, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. Another novel, The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical of the same name by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, which ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City in the Fall of 2007. She is the president of PEN American Center.

Reviews

"Brutal, direct, and powerful . . . The men are real, the words are real, death is real, imminent and immediate."--Los Angeles Times

"A rare and splendid accomplishment . . . strong and ambitious, spacious, and as honest as any novel ever written."--Newsweek

"[A] major novel of combat in World War II . . . reminiscent of Stephen Crane in The Red Badge of Courage."--The Christian Science Monitor

"The Thin Red Line moves so intensely and inexorably that it almost seems like the war it is describing."--The New York Times Book Review