Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun

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The Searing Portrayal Of War That Has Stunned And Galvanized Generations Of Readers

An immediate bestseller upon its original publication in 1939, Dalton Trumbo’s stark, profoundly troubling masterpiece about the horrors of World War I brilliantly crystallized the uncompromising brutality of war and became the most influential protest novel of the Vietnam era. With a compelling new foreword by fellow award-winning writer E. L. Doctorow, Johnny Got His Gun is an undisputed classic of antiwar literature that’s as timely as ever.

“A terrifying book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity.”--The Washington Post

"Powerful. . . an eye-opener." --Michael Moore

"Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence."--The New York Times

"A book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it."--Saturday Review

Publisher: New York : Citadel Press : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2007
Edition: Citadel underground ed.--Spine
ISBN: 9780806528472
0806528478
Characteristics: xxxi, 254 p. ; 21 cm

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lbottge
Apr 23, 2017

5 stars

I read this book in the 70s. Was surprised to learn he had written it after WWI and voluntarily removed it from publication during WWII. Republished in response to the Vietnam War. Movie was made in 1971. Trumbo wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. Having read the book, I remember while watching it (starkly black & white), I was powerfully affected. Called my friend afterwards, asking her if she could hear me. Refusing to testify before the House un-American Activities Committee in 1947, he was blacklisted from the motion picture industry.

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ltlangham
Apr 22, 2017

Easily the most depressing book I've read to-date. The perspective might've been difficult to get used to at first, but I was quickly able to get past that. As this book centers around Joe Bonham, or "Average Joe", who loses all four of his limbs, most of his head (Described as half of a head in the book), and all of his senses except for feel. His thoughts drive the story, and it paints a whole new picture on the costs of war and what liberty in the U.S. actually entails. It describes it all in completely honest detail. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I highly doubt it will be as good as the book.

I'll never be able to look at the military or injuries the same way again.

arrowking Jun 29, 2012

A little classic. Print version of the ballad "Johnny I hardly knew ye``

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