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Johnny Got His Gun review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 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 have read if not the most disturbing novel EVER The reader is forced by the author to spend the whole length of time he reads this book inside the head of his protagonist Why Because the protagonist is an injured soldier who has lost his legs his arms and the whole of his face He can t speak see hear taste or smell the only sense organ left is the skin on his diminished torso But unfortunately his brain is very much alive trapped in this vegetable of a body And that is where we the readers are too for the duration of the narrative He had no arms and no legsHe threw back his head and started to yell from fright But he only started because he had no mouth to yell with He was so surprised at not yelling when he tried that he began to work his jaws like a man who has found something interesting and wants to test it He was so sure the idea of no mouth was a dream that he could investigate it calmly He tried to work his jaws and he had no jaws He tried to run his tongue around the inside of his teeth and over the roof of his mouth as if he were chasing a raspberry seed But he didn t have any tongue and he hadn t any teeth There was no roof to his mouth and there was no mouth He tried to swallow but he couldn t because he had no palate and there weren t any muscles left to swallow with This nightmare is compounded by the fact that he is very much alive he is Joe Bonham twenty years of age son of a loving mother and father and who has two younger sisters and the love of his life Kareen waiting for him but that is only in his mind For the staff of the hospital he is a nameless patient a disgusting freak which is just a caved out head stuck on a limbless body Worst of all it is a life sentence He would be in this womb forever and ever and ever He must remember that He must never expect or hope for anything different This was his life from now on every day and every hour and every minute of it He would never again be able to say hello how are you I love you He would never again be able to hear music or the whisper of the wind through trees or the chuckle of running water He would never again breathe in the smell of a steak frying in his mother s kitchen or the dampness of spring in the air or the wonderful fragrance of sagebrush carried on the wind across a wide open plain He would never again be able to see the faces of people who made you glad just to look at them of people like Kareen He would never again be able to see sunlight or the stars or the little grasses that grow on a Colorado hillside Lying on his back with only memories for company Joe almost goes mad until he finds a way to keep track of time based on the daily cycle of the nurses and finally to communicate But even that is doomed to end in disappointment as the author is determined that we shall not escapeThis novel is brilliantly written Trumbo uses the stream of consciousness techniue with less punctuation and capitalisation than is warranted and the reader is plunged into a world of tortuous sentences that run on and on interspersed with short staccato ones and also beautiful passages tinged with nostalgia the narrative structure captures the internal world of the doomed protagonist beautifully The memories are poignant funny and melancholic in turn one feels that if this was a movie it will be done in muted sepia tones Then there are those sudden shifts to the terror of the now Goodbye JoeGoodbye KareenJoe dear darling Joe hold me closer Drop your bag and put both of your arms around me and hold me tightly Put both of your arms around me Both of themYou in both of my arms Kareen goodbye Both of my arms Kareen in my arms Both of them Arms arms arms arms I m fainting in and out all the time Kareen and I m not catching on uick You are in my arms Kareen You in both of my arms Both of my arms Both of them BothI haven t got any arms KareenMy arms are goneBoth of my arms are gone Kareen both of themThey re goneKareen Kareen KareenThey ve cut my arms off both of my armsOh Jesus mother god Kareen they ve cut off both of themOh Jesus mother god Kareen Kareen Kareen my arms This is most definitely an anti war novel a novel written with a purpose and so sometimes does slip into outright sloganeering But since it s done by Joe in his mind it does not take away from the strength of the narrative and the author does get his point across So did all those kids die thinking of democracy and freedom and liberty and honor and the safety of the home and the stars and stripes foreverYou re goddam right they didn tThey died crying in their minds like little babies They forgot the thing they were fighting for the things they were dying for They thought about things a man can understand They died yearning for the face of a friend They died whimpering for the voice of a mother a father a wife a child They died with their hearts sick for one look at the place where they were born please god just one look They died moaning and sighing for life They knew what was important They knew that life was everything and they died with screams and sobs They died with only one thought in their minds and that was I want to live I want to live I want to liveThere 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 Honour Patriotism Liberty Chivalry all fine words thundered by world leaders across the globe from pulpits to the deafening cheers of their followers And what does it bring the little guy the soldier at the front Nothing but death and misery There is no honour in war in killing and getting killedTrumbo ends the novel with a warning We 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 itPut the guns into our hands and we will use them Give us the slogans and we will turn them into realities Sing the battle hymns and we will take them up where you left off Not one not ten not ten thousand not a million not ten millions not a hundred millions but a billion two billions of us all the people of the world we will have the slogans and we will have the hymns and we will have the guns and we will use them and we will live Make no mistake of it we will live We will be alive and we will walk and talk and eat and sing and laugh and feel and love and bear our children in tranuillity in security in decency in peace You plan the wars you masters of men plan the wars and point the way and we will point the gun There is no doubt where the guns will be ultimately pointed No wonder it pissed off many peopleDalton Trumbo was a victim of McCarthyism a name in the original Hollywood Blacklist generated as part of the Red Scare in the USA His career was effectively destroyed Reading this novel it is easy to see how his humanist ideas would have been anathema to the powers that beA must read if you can stomach it

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Johnny Got His Gun review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 What do you call a guy with no arms and no legs in the waterBobWhat do you call a guy with no arms and no legs on a porchMattWhat do you call a guy with no arms and no legs on skisSkipWhat 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 works best as a character sketch As poor Jon Bonham s consciousness recalls the events of his childhood he simultaneously realizes he has missing appendages and a missing face And when the two threads meet we are put in his mind alongside him He is an inert trunk tucked away in a hospital because a German shell blew him apart in the horrifying attrition of WWI It s like epiphenomenalism in reverse with a double shot of God is Dead What I have difficulty with is1 his sophistication He seems uite exceptional for Dalton s purpose of representing an average American Doughboy Did your typical twenty something male have a knowledge of Carthaginian history back then2 his sanity He goes insane at the end but could someone in complete isolation keep it together for several years I doubt it And my mom always told me that I m exceptional so there3 the dissolution into didacticism The final few pages are a screed on par with Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator The difference is I buy Charlie s speech because he s knee deep in satire and it s not as jarring when he steps out of that satire Maybe this is unfair but Trumbo s effort is affected and dare I say as unnatural as the devices that conspire to keep his protagonist s body alive while neglecting his mind Maybe Trumbo believes he has captured the reader to the extent that he can preach to himher I guess most people coming to the novel are looking to be preached at I was not 4 it won t convince today s youth about the horrors of war because they ve been inured to such things with their Xbox 360s Besides Bonham is eventually able to communicate with hospital staff through Morse Code Unless salvation can be texted kids these days aren t interestedAll the same war can suck itAnd somebody give these hippies a haircut

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Johnny Got His Gun review ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB 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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  • 10 August 2019
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