The Thin Red Line by James JonesWhen 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 didnt 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 Joness 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 more 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.
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Call it the anti-Saving Private Ryan: Terrence Malick's graceful, chaotic adaptation of James Jones' novel about the bloody, attenuated campaign to take Guadalcanal Island in he also wrote From Here to Eternity , is an intensely internalized portrait of external pandemonium, a slippery, insidiously haunting work of poetry rather than brilliantly Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorite shows - Start Now. Created with Sketch. Keep track of your favorite shows and movies, across all your devices. Sign up to get started Login About My Watchlist. Where to Watch.
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It is the second screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by James Jones , following the film ; however, this film is not considered a remake. The novel's title alludes to a line from Rudyard Kipling 's poem " Tommy ", from Barrack-Room Ballads , in which he calls foot soldiers "the thin red line of heroes",  referring to the stand of the 93rd Regiment in the Battle of Balaclava of the Crimean War.
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