Novel by James Jones, published in 1951.
Private Robert E. Lee Prewitt reports to a U.S. army base in Hawaii in 1941 and is subjected to psychological and physical harassment because, though known as a boxer in civilian life, he refuses to fight in the division championship since he had once accidentally blinded a friend in the ring. He breaks under “the treatment” and hits a noncom, for which he is sent to the stockade; there he experiences the brutality of Fatso Judson, the sergeant in charge, a sadist responsible for the death of his fellow prisoner Blues Berry, but from whom his friend Angelo had escaped by discharge after feigning madness. Prewitt kills Judson in a knife fight and runs off to hide with Lorene, a prostitute he loves. When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, Prewitt is killed by an M.P. as he tries to return to his company.
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