James Jones Reading from From Here to Eternity
From Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Volume 1
The troubled infantryman Robert E. Lee Prewitt, one of the key characters in James Jones’ From Here to Eternity, is a former boxer and passionate bugler. Hisindependence and intransigence lead to conflicts with his superior officers andultimately to his tragic end.
In this recording, Jones reads the famous scene wherePrewitt plays Taps at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. The passage is amasterpiece of writing, in which Taps becomes “the requiem of the commonsoldier.” Jones’ emotionally powerful reading brings out the loneliness, fear, dignity,and courage of the soldier’s lot.