The theme of some came running is the sad gap between capability and for his new novel, massive in scale and closely observed in its detail, the small town of parkman, illinois provides a civilian setting. The great success of his first book from here to eternity establi. It tells the story of a war veteran with literary aspirations who returns in 1948 to his hometown of parkman, indiana, after a failed writing career. Some came running is jones second published novel, following his awardwinning debut from here to eternity. Other articles where some came running is discussed.
It took james jones six years to write it after the success of his first novel, from here to. The reader is battered into helpless insensibility by joness analyses, explanations. His other works include some came running, the pistol, go to the widowmaker, the icecream headache and other stories, the merry month of may, a touch of danger, whistle, and to the end of the wara book of previously unpublished fiction. Some came running, screen play by john patrick and arthur sheekman, based on the novel by james jones. Much of the book s shortcomings are the direct result of the quality of thought found among its pages.
Some came running is a novel by james jones, published in 1958. Some came running news newspapers books scholar jstor august 2016 learn how and when to remove this template. It is the story of a war veteran with literary aspirations who returns in 1948 to his hometown of parkman, indiana, after a failed writing career. His next two novels, however, returned to his wartime experiences. Directed by vincente minnelli, in a grand, florid manner, it is essentially a smart soap opera, with some very deep emotions, shot in garish color. Some came running by vincente minnelli frank sinatra. 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 smalltown life in. His other works include some came running, the pistol, go to the widowmaker, the icecream headache and other stories, the merry month of may, a touch of danger, whistle, and to the end of the war a book of previously unpublished fiction. Dave hirsch, a writer and an army veteran winds up in his small indiana hometown, to the dismay of his respectable older brother. The following year the movie starring frank sinatra, dean martin and shirley maclaine prompted a heavily cut 624page paperback version, which is the one i read. Jones worked on some came running for six years and must have been devastated at the furious attacks on the novel, which essentialy condemned it to a brief life. To those who felt it was overpraised, overwritten, nihilistic in its philosophy, this second book is more much more of the same. With frank sinatra, dean martin, shirley maclaine, martha hyer.
Inhibited by its era from playing out the messy relationships of james jones novel in all their explicitness, director vincente minnelli finds a means of using this to his advantage in some came running, constructing an unsettling melodrama of suggestion and understatement. The main problem with the book though, is that its a bit of a downer. It is a thinly disguised autobiographical novel of joness experiences in his hometown of robinson, illinois, immediately after returning from world war ii. Frank sinatra the golden years collection some came. Buy a cheap copy of some came running book by james jones.
To this reader, who felt that the disputed peyton place had moments of good writing and an overall. Read the full synopsis of some came running, 1959, directed by vincente minnelli, with frank sinatra, dean martin, shirley maclaine, at turner classic movies. The most important book totv adaptations coming in 2020. 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 smalltown 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. Some came running by james jones, 9781453218501, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. I spent last week reading james jones some came running. Open library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
It took him seven years and the result was some came running, the story of a war veteran with literary aspirations who returns to his hometown of parkham, illinois after a failed writing career. Some came running, based on author james jones followup to his masterpiece, from here to eternity, was a conscious effort by mgm to recapture the lightning of the earlier film, particularly in casting frank sinatra whod won an oscar for eternity, in the lead, and assigning their best director, vincente minnelli, to helm the project. Minnelli presents a postwar american anytown that keeps its inhabitants desires in check through a. Some came running is the first of seven films in which frank sinatra and dean martin would appear together. Dave hirsh and parkman are in continual conflict and the book documents the heros futile attempts to preserve his integrity and talents in a world largely alien and. The movie came out in 1959, just two years after the book was published. A chronicle of soldiering and his novel some came running. It took james jones six years to write it after the success of his first novel, from here to eternity. In some came running james jones, author of from here to eternity, takes a seemingly personal and at times depressing look at the dark side of veterans returning home after wwii. You either liked some came running or you didnt, and there doesnt seem to be anything in between. 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.
Some came running 1958 some came running 1958 user. In his second novel, some came running, published in 1958, the same year that he moved to paris, jones drew on his midwestern life in illinois after the war. Mgm filmed this in 1958 and, scenting profit but wary of a bespoke flop, signet put out an abridged edition with. And the movie of the same name was a typical hollywood treatment at the time with little about it that followed the objective of the book. When first published in 1957 some came running came in at 1,266 pagesa leviathan, kaylie jones says in a foreword to the abridged version. Not just one of minnellis best but one of hollywoods greatest movies of any era, some came running is unjustly forgotten. Its been out of print for decades, until now, and although i think the book should be published in its complete form i am grateful that its around again. After i finished it, i wanted to see the movie version that stars frank sinatra, dean martin, and shirley macclaine. Some came running has excellent characters in dave and frank hirsch in fact all the characters in the story are well drawn. Some came running by james jones ebook open road media. Netflix is dropping these shows and movies, so watch them now.
A product of the eisenhower fifties, some came running, adapted from a james jones novel, stars frank sinatra as a footloose writer returning to his midwestern home town right after world war ii. In fact there are no minor characters in some came running, or damn. To all who felt that from here to eternity, with all its crudities, nonetheless showed promise in a newcomer, some came running, will be a. James jones s saga of life in the american midwest, newly revised five decades after it was first publishedafter the blockbuster international success of from here. Some came running is the book dave talks about, and it is a very bad book indeed, selfconscious, discursive, ineptly plotted, and clumsily written. Some came running is a rambling tome that keeps the reader hoping he will find a message somewhere in the overweight volume, only to come away unsatisfied. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read some came running. Encouraged by the sales and the critical acclaim of his book, from here to eternity, james jones set down to write the great american novel. Its lack of monetary success forced james jones into writing a screenplay for the longest day in order to pay his bills. 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, socialclimbing brother. It features a career best performance from sinatra, playing on his. To all who felt that from here to eternity, with all its crudities, nonetheless showed promise in a newcomer, some came running, will be a sharp disappointment. Frank sinatra plays dave hirsh, a service man just returning home after serving in wwii. Goodreads members who liked some came running also liked.
Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers. Some came running 6 mins, pg directed by vincente minnelli. Toby talbot, wife of new york film and new yorker film legend dan talbot seen above with an appreciator, has written a really wonderful, entertaining book about the new yorker theater, new yorker films, the upper west side of manhattan, world cinema from berlin to brazil and beyond, and a hell of a lot more. I made my recent purchase of the book simply to replace a previous copy that was lost over the years. Find books like some came running from the worlds largest community of readers. It was joness second published novel, following his awardwinning debut from here to eternity. As a writer myself i fully appreciate the language and pace james jones could achieve. Some came running the story is pure melodrama, despite the intention of the original novels author, james jones, to invest it with greater stature. Despite its flaws and overall despondency, some came running has a lot to reward the patient reader willing to risk a bout of clinical depression at book s end. An impressive drama for firsttime viewers that unfortunately doesnt bear repeat viewings, some came running is probably more widely known today for being the official start of the sinatra rat pack, rather than as sinatras attempt to wrest a second academy award by starring in another adaptation of a james jones novel. James jones followed his breakthrough novel, from here to eternity, with the ambitious and muchanticipated some came running, where he told the story of nine people in a small illinois town who were running for eternity while critics remain divided on the novel, david dempsey wrote in the new york times that, in part, it was a. Dave hirsch, a writer and an army veteran winds up in his small. In his second novel, some came running, published in 1958, the same year that he. He meets and befriends various different characters and tries to figure out what to do with his life.808 768 550 1103 1146 107 1345 572 77 52 598 792 279 1047 461 36 216 1638 937 157 178 1412 1663 257 1660 455 850 1532 452 70 380 1091 775 88 1307 426 454 203 1391 631 252