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Johnny Got His Gun: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1984
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“[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
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Winner of the National Book Award
"Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence."--The New York Times
"It is hard to imaging a more persuasive argument for staying out of war than this smooth, savage, brilliant tale."--Chicago Daily News
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Yes, it is a bit tough of a read-- jumping from flashback to flashback. In the first five chapters, there is only 1 comma used. (During my reread, I'm counting commas).
Yes, there is some violence, and sexual content. but honestly, it's a novel about war and the reality of its outcomes sometimes. Obviously, that stuff is going to be apparent.
In no way is it sugar-coated.
As a past Linguistics minor, I am in complete love with this book (not for the lack of commas, but that adds to it). Instead, for the pure imagery and way of writing.
Please do give it a shot. It is so worth a read. Get through it once, THEN make your overall decision about it. Do NOT sell this book short.
This book is not my bottom. Instead, it shows what a bottom could actually look like. As I've read this (it took me awhile to finish. This book hurts to read), I've noticed my appreciation for little things again. My value for life and people has grown, but also my self appreciation.
If you, or anyone you can speak to, feels like nothing matters, then you are one of the problems this book shines a light on.
I will need to remember this book, daily. Life is important and disregard for it is worse than death.
Johnny Got His Gun. What a book. What a damn, troubling, brilliant book. I don't think I'll ever be able to forget it, or shake it off if I tried. It will remain with me for the rest of my life.
Because of all of this, I should love this book. In reality, though, I found it was stronger in premise than in execution. The ending in particular strikes me as the author's hamfisted attempt at political commentary rather than a realistic conclusion of the actual story.
It's a classic for a reason and well worth reading, but I find myself disappointed not so much because the book is bad (it's certainly not) but because I saw the potential for it to be so much more than it ultimately was.
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I read this book many years ago and found it very moving.o .