Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun

Book - 1989
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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.

Praise for Johnny Got His Gun

“Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury accounting to eloquence.”The New York Times

“[It is] very hard to write about Johnny Got His Gun without being guilty of understatement or hysterics. It is a terrifying book, of an extraordinary emotional intensity.”Washington Post

“An extraordinarily agitating book, passionate in its language, potent in its emotional effect, a novel that tells in unsparingly honest words what a wickedly gruesome business war is, and how wickedly wasteful. Johnny Got His Gun, full of horror and hurt, will be a terrific and vivid experience for anyone who reads it.”Boston Herald

“It is hard to imagine a more persuasive argument for staying out of war than this smooth, savage, brilliant tale.”Chicago Daily News

Baker & Taylor
The powerful story of a young boy and his tragic fate in World War I makes a terrifying statement on the horrors of war and a compelling plea for peace

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1989
ISBN: 9780553274325
0553274325
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Tru
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 17 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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