One Book among the rest is dear to me; As when a man, having tired himself in deed. And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
The theme of Some Came Running is the sad gap between capability and The great success of his first book From Here To Eternity established James Jones's reputation as a major novelist and an unrivalled interpreter of the American soldier. For his new novel, massive in scale and closely observed in its detail, the small town of Parkman, Illinois provides a civilian setting. The theme of Some Came Running is the sad gap between capability and achievement
Some Came Running is a 1958 American drama film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Shirley MacLaine, based on the novel of the same name by James Jones. Set in 1948, it tells the story of a troubled Army veteran and author who returns to his Midwestern hometown after 16 years, to the chagrin of his wealthy, social-climbing brother.
This is James Jones's second book, and the basis for the Vincente Minnelli film that starred Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Some months before my first reading of Some Came Running I had come across a piece of nasty gossip Mailer published about Styron reading aloud at a dinner party some of Jones's work (in his absence) and making fun of it. At the time I highly admired all three novelists. Sadly I admit this disparagement of Jones's skill influenced me to regard him for a while thereafter in a lesser light. Time has turned out to be the true test of their merits in my estimation, all three of them
Some Came Running (1979). About book: The great success of his first book From Here To Eternity established James Jones's reputation as a major novelist and an unrivalled interpreter of the American soldier. The theme of Some Came Running is the sad gap between capability and achievement
James Jones's saga of life in the American Midwest, newly revised five decades after it was first published. 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.
James Jones’s second novel is located in a mythical town in Illinois called Parkman. It is an attempt to interpret the lives of its representative citizens, the bums, lushes, and whores who inhabit its bars, the Rotarians who run its stores and banks, and the literati who preside over its intellectual life. Dave Hirsh and Parkman are in continual conflict and the book documents the hero’s futile attempts to preserve his integrity and talents in a world largely alien and stupefying. Before being murdered by a madman, he comes to understand that the responsibilities of love and of the family corrode talent and that the writer must stubbornly refuse to participate in the conventional life of his culture. There is in Some Came Running the heavy drinking, brawling, and fornicating among the hangers-on at Smitty’s bar that one found among the soldiers in the barracks at Schofield.
I was raised in Robinson, Illinois as well as James Jones (he was born and raised there) and he returned to Robinson after serving in the military in World War II. Most of his writing was about his life growing up in Robinson and the surrounding area which we natives refer to as "the Wabash Valley" - Mr. Jones wrote much about his experiences during the war (WW II) as well.