Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun

by Dalton Trumbo, E. L. Doctorow
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned of this book from Metallica's grammy winning song One. it is fiction, but the horrors and drama entailed in it pack such a powerful punch that if it was obligatory to read, war might never exist. Just the psychological aspect of a soldier, ruined from the heat of a battle and physically destroyed is amazing, and Dalton Trumbo absolutely intensifies that feeling, and how the human war machine keeps on working.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brutal story. Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly wonderful anti-war book set during the first World War. The story is about a young American soldier, Joe Bonham, whom was severely injured from an artillery shell and now lies in a comatose state in a military hospital, kept alive by a machine, his mind fully awake and cognizant, but imprisoned in his own body. To pass time, and attempt to maintain his own sanity, Joe looks back and reflects upon his life and the events that led up to this point. All the while asking himself, asking the reader, if in the name of "Democracy", is it all worth it? One of the books that landed Dalton Trumbo (Night of the Aurochs) on McCarthy's "Black List" from 1947 to 1960, Johnny Got His Gun is a moving and compelling piece of work that looks at the after effects of wartime on the soldiers that risk everything to protect our way of life, and never flinches when asking if it's worth it sending those so young to an almost guaranteed end to preserve the ideals put forth by the men in the capital that can rest easy knowing it's not their lives or the lives of their kin on the line. Johnny Got His Gun is a book that transcends the tests of time and is an appropriate work of literature that applies to every generation of humanity. What would you be willing to give for Democracy?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Johnny Got his gun takes a potentially boring plot about and injured WWI veteran and weaves it into a great book.Dalton Trumbo did a great job writing this book. he provides great imagery even with a blind character. Joe Bonham, the main character is severly wounded in war, he is blind,deaf, and has no limbs. You experience a great journey as Joe tries to put the pieces of his life back together. He has to reaquire the knowledge of time and other events. He is also left alone to his thoughts and often meditates on past experiences. Trumbo does an excellent job of foreshadowing the transition from present to past, making it smooth and easy to follow. Trumbo uses a unique way to make an almost lifeless character contain a giant amount of personality. Dalton provides a way for the reader to dive deep into the mind of Joe, where all of his thoughts lay. The thoughts of love and hate, admiration and disguest.The writing allows the reader to connect with Joe and picture the world around Joe, that Joe cant see himself. This book is a must read it contains a great plot,excellent writing,and a great character the reader can connect with and an emotional rollercoaster.
Willowtree325 More than 1 year ago
The ending is a huge surprise. It is gripping and holds your interest. It is a best seller and book of the year! I would recommend it for book club discussions.
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book-reader96 More than 1 year ago
I thought that Johnny Got His Gun was a great book. This is a must read if you are interested about the nature of war and the history behind it. It has changed my life. This book was written in the early to mid-1920's. He left his family and friends even his girlfriend to go fight in the war. Everybody was devastated, but they were proud of him because he was fighting for the country. Joe the main character has many flashbacks to part of his life mainly from World War Two. He was nearly dead after the mortal shell had exploded. Instead of being dead they took him to the military hospital where they have treated him. It was unbelievable that Joe was suffering from such a horrific accident. He realizes after a while he cannot speak, see, or hear anything because he has lost his face from the accident. He has a Morse code we he can communicate with the nurses and his family. After the whole accident were it basically ruined his life he was always wishing he could die and not live through the pain. He wants to see what the world outside is like, but with no face, no limbs and half a body makes it a struggle for him. With being in any World War there are many tragedies and dangerous things that happen out in the world. With being in the military you are trying to save the country but you are also putting your life at risk, just like Joe did. Overall I think this was a great book and I recommended it to anybody either who is interested in the war even if there not. It's a great book and you get to understand how being in the world is really like.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo is an anti war novel about WWI. I first heard of the book from the song "One" by Metallica. I looked up the song and found out it was a based on this book. I thought it sounded good and decided to read it. Reading the introduction I found out that the book was originally published in 1939 but it was about to get banned because it was so anti war and WWII was beginning so he suspended printing of the book until after the war. Later Trumbo directed a movie about the book in 1971. The book is a little confusing because the main character, Joe Bonham, is always having flashbacks and dreams and goes insane and sometimes can't even tell his own dreams from reality. Also Trumbo doesn't use one comma in the whole book because it's written as a poor, not highly educated soldier's thoughts, so it's a little confusing at first. The book is really horrific and sad about how under-appreciated he is and how he goes insane about it. The doctors pretty much used him as an experiment. When the doctors realized he still had a mind and a thinking person was trapped inside that body, when he finally learned how to communicate and asked for a simple favor that could have even paid off his hospital bills, they just tuned him out and ignored him or drugged him. My favorite part of the book was chapter 10 which talked about what you are actually fighting for in war and how important life is and nothings worth dying for. Like what are you actually fighting for, what is "liberty," "honor," "freedom," or "our homeland?" Have you ever noticed a huge difference after these wars were over, a difference worth dying over? If you die fighting for it then you won't even get to see what it was that you were fighting for, and that's not worth fighting for at all especially to leave behind all your family and friends. That is just dying for no good reason at all. If you like anti war books and stories this is one of the best and I would highly recommend it to everyone. It's a great book that I think everyone should be required to read it. It teaches and talks about the true realities of war. But I think the biggest message in this book is how important life is and almost nothing is worth dying over especially not a silly word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dalton Trumbo's shocking novel will leave you with a feeling that cannot easily be shaken for days. The chilling language conveys the terrifying reality of the uncensored truth about war. The novel is both violent and nostalgic, terrifying and revealing of how nothing should be taken for granted. Johnny Got His Gun is the kind of book that can be read front to back again and again, without losing emotion.
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MasterHistory More than 1 year ago
Easy to read but extremely enlightening. One of the best books I have ever read. I found myself struggling to breath when the main character discovered he had no lungs. Easily the best anti-war book ever written! The effect of this novel will stay with you until long after you finish it.
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