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Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Johnny Got His Gun (1939)

by Dalton Trumbo

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After a shell leaves his body mangled on the final day of World War I, young Joe Bonham lies trapped in a hospital bed. He is a fully conscious quadruple amputee who cannot speak, hear or see. He is left to wander within his own mind and goes between his harsh reality and memories of a happier life long gone. Delve into the mind of a man lost somewhere on the edges of sanity and insanity, life and death.… (more)

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This book is spectacular. Not once did I pick up the book and put it down without crying in between. This should be required reading for anyone considering joining the military: if it doesn't happen to you, you might make it happen for someone else. War is unimaginable hell. ( )
  magonistarevolt | May 7, 2020 |
The movie based on this book came to selected theaters for a limited run in Manhattan when the war in Vietnam was raging like the California wildfires. The year was maybe 1969. My draft classification was 1A at the time. They were giving out free copies of the book which I read in one sitting when I left the theater. It tells a gut wrenching story. These guys who ended up fighting in World war one , a lt of them probably ended up like this unfortunate fellow. But war is a never ending tragedy which just repeats itself time and time again. Very sad story. ( )
  NAgis | May 6, 2020 |
I read this way back in my pre-book blogging days. My son was asking me about it because of the Metallica song based on it, "One." Terrific book. I'm hoping he reads it. ( )
  TheTrueBookAddict | Mar 22, 2020 |
Not powerful.

Is insipid, amateur, melodramatic and at times even painful.

One big "clunk". ( )
  GirlMeetsTractor | Mar 22, 2020 |
This is the book that my dad said ruined him on books. Deeply affecting. Probably one of the things that turned me into a liberal. ( )
  mirnanda | Dec 27, 2019 |
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"There can be no question of the effectiveness of this book." "Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and without a fury amounting eloquence."
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