Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun

Paperback - 1982
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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto, Ont. : Bantam Books, 1982, c1959.
ISBN: 9780553274325
0553274325
9780553237771
0553237772
Characteristics: 243 pages ;,18 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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