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Some Came Running (1957)

by James Jones

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James Jones's saga of life in the American Midwest, newly revised five decades after it was first published and including a new foreword by his daughter, Kaylie Jones After the blockbuster international success of From Here to Eternity, James Jones retreated from public life, making his home at the Handy Writers' Colony in Illinois. His goal was to write something larger than a war novel, and the result, six years in the making, was Some Came Running, a stirring portrait of small-town life in the American Midwest at a time when our country and its people were striving to find their place in the new postwar world. Five decades later, it has been revised and reedited under the direction of the Jones estate to allow for a leaner, tighter read. The result is the masterpiece Jones intended: a tale whose brutal honesty is as shocking now as on the day it was first published. This ebook features an illustrated biography of James Jones including rare photos from the author's estate.… (more)
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Having started with the peace time army, James Jones went on to write this novel, which is about home coming, and the integration of soldiers into the USA they left behind. While the soldiers had been seriously engaged in the reality of war, the civilians in the continental USA had no real experience of war. For most, the War had meant that the depression had sunk below their radar at last, and the country came as close to full employment as it ever would. It was in fact, a materialist "Boom Time". Then the war ended, some of the jobs dried up, and the inevitable pressures of capitalist America were imposed. There were winners and losers in this "reconstruction", and among the losers could be found many of the returning soldiers. The book is very well written, and what it has to say about the USA is still as pertinent as ever. ( )
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James Jones's saga of life in the American Midwest, newly revised five decades after it was first published and including a new foreword by his daughter, Kaylie Jones After the blockbuster international success of From Here to Eternity, James Jones retreated from public life, making his home at the Handy Writers' Colony in Illinois. His goal was to write something larger than a war novel, and the result, six years in the making, was Some Came Running, a stirring portrait of small-town life in the American Midwest at a time when our country and its people were striving to find their place in the new postwar world. Five decades later, it has been revised and reedited under the direction of the Jones estate to allow for a leaner, tighter read. The result is the masterpiece Jones intended: a tale whose brutal honesty is as shocking now as on the day it was first published. This ebook features an illustrated biography of James Jones including rare photos from the author's estate.

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