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The Searing Portrayal Of War That Has Stunned And Galvanized Generations Of ReadersAn 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 br. Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo 1905 1976Johnny Got His Gun is a novel written in 1938 by American novelist and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and published September 1939 by J B Lippincott The novel is commonly viewed as one that promotes anti war ideals but when read deeper it can be seen that Trumbo s opinions of war shed light on humanity as a whole and not just on the horrible aspects of war Joe Bonham a young American soldier serving in World War I awakens in a hospital bed after being caught in the blast of an exploding artillery shell He gradually realizes that he has lost his arms legs and all of his face including his eyes ears teeth and tongue but that his mind functions perfectly leaving him a prisoner in his own body 2014 1392 241 9786006662169 20 1939

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Johnny Got His Gun

Dinary emotional intensity” The Washington PostPowerful an eye opener Michael MooreMr Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to elouence The New York TimesA book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it Saturday Review. This novel about an American soldier who was severely wounded while fighting in World War I was so disturbing it took me several tries to get through itThe novel is told in a stream of consciousness with soldier Joe drifting in and out of memories of his parents of girlfriends of innocent days He slowly realizes that he has no arms no legs and no face and his cries are gut wrenching I listened to this book on audio and the performance by William Dufris was so affecting that I had to take breaks from the book I m glad I came back to it and kept going because this is a moving story about how much soldiers can sufferI was inspired to read Johnny Got His Gun after it was mentioned in Ann Hood s bookish memoir Morningstar She wrote an essay about how she had first read Dalton Trumbo s book while growing up during the Vietnam war and how meaningful it had been Now I ve read it while the United States is preparing to send troops to Afghanistan and I also found it to be a powerful experienceThis is a challenging and thought provoking book and I would recommend it to readers who appreciate anti war novelsNote on StyleOne last note is that while I did listen to this novel I also got a print copy to flip through and mark uotes Trumbo used little punctuation for Joe s rambling thoughts the writing style reminded me of Kerouac s On the Road except Trumbo did it in 1939 nearly 20 years before Jack s famous Beat novel I think the audiobook performance made it easier to read and appreciate Johnny Got His Gun If you ve tried to read this book before and struggled with the run on sentences I recommend trying the audio Meaningful PassagesThis was no war for you This thing wasn t any of your business What do you care about making the world safe for democracy All you wanted to do Joe was to live You were born and raised in the good healthy country of Colorado and you had no to do with Germany or England or France or even with Washington DC than you had to do with the man on the moon Yet here you are and it was none of your affair Here you are Joe and you re hurt worse than you think You re hurt bad Maybe it would be a lot better if you were dead and buried on the hill across the river from Shale City Maybe there are things wrong with you than you suspect Joe Oh why the hell did you ever get into this mess anyhow Because it wasn t your fight Joe You never really knew what the fight was all aboutThere s nothing noble about dying Not even if you die for honor Not even if you die the greatest hero the world ever saw Not even if you re so great your name will never be forgotten and who s that great The most important thing is your life little guys You re worth nothing dead except for speeches Don t let them kid you any Pay no attention when they tap you on the shoulder and say come along we ve got to fight for liberty or whatever their word is there s always a word Just say mister I m sorry I got no time to die I m too busy and then turn and run like hell If they say coward why don t pay attention because it s your job to live not to die If they talk about dying for principles that are bigger than life you say mister you re a liar Nothing is bigger than life There s nothing noble in death What s noble about lying in the ground and rotting What s noble about never seeing the sunshine again What s noble about having your legs and arms blown off What s noble about being an idiot What s noble about being blind and deaf and dumb What s noble about being dead Because when you re dead mister it s all over It s the end You re less than a dog less than a rat less than a bee or an ant less than a little white maggot crawling around on a dungheap You re dead mister and you died for nothingWe are men of peace we are men who work and we want no uarrel But if you destroy our peace if you take away our work if you try to range us one against the other we will know what to do If you tell us to make the world safe for democracy we will take you seriously and by god and by Christ we will make it so We will use the guns you force upon us we will use them to defend our very lives and the menace to our lives does not lie on the other side of a nomansland that was set apart without our consent it lies within our own boundaries here and now we have seen it and we know it

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Utality 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 extraor. Manufacturing TasteThe story of this story is probably its most interesting part The idea for it started as a Canadian news article recounting a royal visit to a Canadian uadriplegic soldier who had been injured in World War I Twenty years later Trumbo turned this idea into a book about an American soldier that included much autobiographical material Seventy five years after that Larry Brown in his Dirty War of 2012 transformed it yet again into a hospital dialogue between two veterans of the war in Viet Nam The progression from fact to rapportage to interpreted story to re interpreted story is fascinatingEually fascinating is the political fate of both the book and its author one of the most highly paid screenwriters of the day Both were attacked by the political Left in the United States in the late 1930 s for pacifist propaganda The Far Right wrote fan mail After World War II book and author were again attacked as pacifist but then by the political Right Trumbo was summoned by the House UnAmerican Acitivities Committee of Senator Joseph McCarthy but he refused to testify He was conseuently blacklisted in the Hollywood film industry but managed to write two Academy Award winning scripts under pseudonymsBy the time of the Vietnamese war Trumbo had been rehabilitated In 1971 he wrote and directed a decidedly anti war film version of the book In 2003 Trumbo s son Christopher made a film Red White and Blacklisted about the book and its conseuences for Dalton A comprehensive biographical film was released in 2015 which uses the book as its focal point Certainly the whims and vagaries of official taste in the Stalinist Soviet Union were at least rivalled by the shifting mass opinion manufactured in the American political systemThere is no doubt about Trumbo s talent as a writer Johnny won a National Book Award as the most original work of fiction in 1939 But without its political notoriety it most probably would have remained merely a good work of its day Today it s main value is as a sort of repository of American cultural themes of the inter war period optimistic youth economic depression exploitation of immigrants West Coast cosmopolitanism and a deep nostalgia for life before 1914 Of course the book still serves as a warning to those who conceive of war as something that a country turns on and off as if it were a handy appliance or those who believe that the real enemy of every infantry soldier is something other than the rats and his officers and eventually even his doctors But so much has been written since with so much graphic detail of the personal and national conseuences of combat that Johnny seems little now than a tame historical relic which has to teach about aesthetics in a democracy than pacifism


10 thoughts on “Johnny Got His Gun

  1. says:

    I read this book during my lunch breaks at the cafe of Barnes Noble in Chelsea NYC I think I finished it in five sittings with great big tears rolling down my face While everybody around me was busy uaffing scalding hot lattes I was trying to muffle the sounds of my agonized weeping into my scarf Luckily this is not seen as strange behavior in Manhattan so I was able to finish the book unmolested Johnny Got His Gun sounds like it was wri

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    A scathing anti war novel in which the main character is one of the profoundly hopelessly wounded the human wrecks of war It is told in the first person by the voice of a person now voiceless trapped in his mutilated body confined to his hospital bed and as this person virtually unable to communicate communicates with the reader telling us his story we come to realize the true cost and futility of warThis is an angry ho

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    Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo 1905 1976Johnny Got His Gun is a novel written in 1938 by American novelist and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and published September 1939 by J B Lippincott The novel is commonly viewed as one that prom

  4. says:

    Manufacturing TasteThe story of this story is probably its most interesting part The idea for it started as a Canadian news article recounting a royal visit to a Canadian uadriplegic soldier who had been injured in World War I Twenty years later Trumbo turned this idea into a book about an American soldier that included much autobiographical material Seventy five years after that Larry Brown in his Dirty War of 2012 transformed it

  5. says:

    Two days after Germany invaded Poland in 1939 Johnny Got His Gun one of the greatest anti war novels ever was first published And when I think beyond WW2 and beyond Vietnam right up to recent wars and those who have been blown to bits or living with without limbs from serving in places like Afghanistan and Ira along with the lates

  6. says:

    I simply have to read this book It including its author has been cussed by Ann Coulter on her latest blog post That is recommendation enough for meDevastating read Review comingDetailed ReviewThis must be the most disturbing war novel that I h

  7. says:

    This novel about an American soldier who was severely wounded while fighting in World War I was so disturbing it took me several tries to get t

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    What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs in the water?BobWhat do you call a guy with no arms and no legs on a porch?MattWhat do you call a guy with no arms and no legs on skis?SkipWhat do you call a novel about a guy who has no arms and no legs because he happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? Johnny Got His GunThis work

  9. says:

    Every time I read a book I feel committed to it as if to a relationship That relationship can be an infatuational fling a carnal attraction a passionate love a committed best friend a life partnerwhatever form it takes will depend on how much I will remember it Johnny Got His Gun got completely under my skinI

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    I read this several years ago and I remember enjoying it It was dark and frustrating what would you do if trapped in your own body?Also addresses the brutality of war as one on the outside might not understandWhat I thought of the most while reading it was the footage from the movie version that was used in the Metallica video for One

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