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Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
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Mar 15, 2010

it was ok

I Was Expecting So Much More From This Book. It Had The Potential To Be A Truly Moving Story, But It Just Wasn't Carried Out Well. I Think I Would've Been Much More Affective If Trumbo Hadn't Felt The Need To Repeatedly Tell Me Exactly How I Was Supposed To Be Affected. A Conversation I Had With Friends Sums This Up Perfectly. When He Saw What I Was Reading He Asked About It. I Told Him It Was About The Horrors Of War And Had Gained A Reputation Since Its Publishing Of Being Synonymous With Varios Anti-War Movements. I Then Explained That The Main Character Had Essentially Been Reduced To A Thinking, Feeling, Human Slab Of Meat And The Book Was Written From His Point Of Veiw. My Friend Had Responded That It Certainly Sounded Like A Strong Argument Against War. And All I Could Think Was "EXACTLY!" The Story Itself Tells You Why War Is Horrible And Especially So For People Who Don't Really Have Involvement In The Condlict To Begin With. This Point Does NOT Need To Be Restates Over And Over Again Until It Is Pounded Into The Reader's Brain. Tell Me The Story, Let Me Get The Message Myself. Have Faith In Your Readers To Get The Right Message On Their Own.

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Bryan Rogers hmmmmmm then why do we still go to war?

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Sarah Why Are You Capitalizing Every Word? Just Curious :)

Michael Burt Caps on every word. Really? Why?

David I couldn't disagree more with the OP. The brutality and futility of war cannot be emphasized enough, lest we continue to send generations of our youth to die for some misguided purpose...

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Jason Oliver This was a very poignant novel, with an unfathomable situation for the unfortunate young man who lost everything except his mind in the name of "liberty" or "freedom" or all the other intangible words that Trumbo is revolted by. As a Canadian, I was particularly touched to read on Wikipedia that Trumbo had based this story off of a Canadian solider in WW1 who had lost his arms and legs in an artillery shell explosion. He doesn't mention whether the facial extremities were included in that; but if not, it's a chilling embellishment. As I read this back in the mid-90s while in university (having watched Metallica's "One" video and becoming curious about its origin), I actually got nightmares from it b/c it is much more of a reality than some of the horror crap you see in movies. That's what Trumbo makes you realize. But he also compels you to see the power to choose your own destiny and reject the barborous path of war for intangible rewards.

Silverpiper Thank you Savanna. I hated the book for the same reasons.

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