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La Creme de la Creme of War Novels
on 18 September 2012
Another reviewer says this novel by James Jones is primarily about men in war rather than war itself. In part, he is right. It is a magnificent study of the effect war has on men encountering it for the first time.BUT, it is also a study of small unit action (Company level) that comes across as totally realistic. Jones was there, and knows of what he writes. His characterisation of his soldiers is totally believable, his dialogue convincing, and by the end of the book you feel as if you had experienced Guadalcanal yourself. Two films have been made based on this novel, both with the same title, and as war films they are quite good. As adapatations of the novel, however, they are a big letdown. For the real experience of TTRL, read the book. It is, quite simply, majestic.