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Johnny Got His Gun (1939)

by Dalton Trumbo

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This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered - not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives‚?¶. This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless, and gruesome...but so is war.

Johnny Got His Gun holds a place as one of the classic antiwar novels. First published in 1939, Dalton Trumbo‚??s story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I - he ‚??survives‚?Ě armless, legless, and faceless, but with his mind intact - was an immediate bestseller. This fiercely moving novel was a rallying point for many Americans who came of age during World War II, and it became perhaps the most popular novel of protest during the Vietn… (more)

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I first read this book about a decade ago and have since reread it several times. It is still one of my favorites and is such a well-written book with a powerful antiwar stance. The last chapter gives me chills every time I read through it and the whole book is a harrowing and eye-opening experience. ( )
  baronvoncoolio | Aug 18, 2023 |
Oh NO! My arms! I can't feel my arms! I used to have arms, but now I have NO arms!

And my legs! I can't feel my legs! I used to have legs, but now I have NO legs!

And my face! I can't feel my face! I used to have a face, but now I have NO face!

Oooohhh my life is so sad now! War has given me a fate worse than death and no means of escape! I used to have a lot of boring memories that I will endlessly write about with my non-hands, but now they are all dreams, and my life now is a NIGHTMARE! Oh my godddd. Whyyyyyyy. I am anti-war now. This could happen to anyone! Hark, my story, it is so sad, realistic, and relatabllllleeee.
  AvANvN | Mar 27, 2023 |
Johnny var en ung soldat är en roman av Dalton Trumbo från 1939, som handlar om en ung soldat som vaknar upp ur koma och finner sig själv i ett locked-in-tillstånd. Trumbo regisserade även filmen Johnny Got His Gun efter boken
  CalleFriden | Feb 8, 2023 |
Leída en mi adolescencia y releída hace muy poco. Una novela dura, inolvidable, necesaria. ( )
  Marlobo | Dec 24, 2022 |
I was really shocked by this anti-war novel. I read it at a time when it was the big thing to be reading the Godfather or other bestsellers. I guess the cover just caught my eye. Much more of a striking message than All Quiet on the Western Front. I later read about the author, who was also a Hollywood screenwriter, being blacklisted. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
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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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This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered - not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives‚?¶. This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless, and gruesome...but so is war.

Johnny Got His Gun holds a place as one of the classic antiwar novels. First published in 1939, Dalton Trumbo‚??s story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I - he ‚??survives‚?Ě armless, legless, and faceless, but with his mind intact - was an immediate bestseller. This fiercely moving novel was a rallying point for many Americans who came of age during World War II, and it became perhaps the most popular novel of protest during the Vietn

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