Summer 1951 • Vol. XIII No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1951 |

Private Jones’s Revenge

From Here To Eternity. By James Jones. Scribner's. $4.50 This book is scarcely a subject for criticism; it lumbers from cover to cover like a huge prime-mover and even the dullest reader can't fail to see what it is and where it's headed. The reviews I have seen have been simply repetitions of each other and Mr. Ernest Jones, reviewing it for The Nation, could call it bad only on the same grounds that everybody else had called it wonderful. It is nearly the most familiar kind of American book: the novel of "social protest," this time dressed up in o.d.'s. Substitute captains and colonels for unscrupulous employers, enlisted men for oppressed workers, the peculiarities of the U. S. Army for the peculiarities of an inhuman industrial machine and you have it. The traditional solution for the civilian version of this novel (the workers learn their own power when they organize to strike) is not available to Mr. Jones, though he comes close to it when the prisoners in the Schofiel

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