Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

77%

12 Critic Reviews

Certainly, he does little to mask his political views in this astonishing and profoundly disturbing pacifist novel, as Joe dreams of warning all the "little guys" sent out to kill other countries' "little guys" of the futility of war; that some fates can be worse than dying...this new edition of Trumbo's masterpiece is depressingly timely.
-Guardian

Synopsis

The Searing Portrayal Of War That Has Stunned And Galvanized Generations Of Readers

An 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 brutality 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 extraordinary emotional intensity.”--The Washington Post

"Powerful. . . an eye-opener." --Michael Moore

"Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence."--The New York Times

"A book that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it."--Saturday Review
 

About Dalton Trumbo

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Dalton Trumbo, author of the brilliant novel, Night of the Aurochs, was one of the most prolific and important literary figures of our time. His more than sixty screenplays include Spartacus, Exodus, Papillon, and the Academy Award-winning The Brave One. Johnny Got His Gun is the most highly-acclaimed work of Mr. Trumbo's remarkable career.
 
Published July 1, 2007 by Citadel. 338 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Johnny Got His Gun
All: 12 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average
on Jan 08 2016

Based on a medical clipping, it is nonetheless a flamboyant fictional theme, and difficult to carry.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Phil Mongredien on Aug 16 2009

Certainly, he does little to mask his political views in this astonishing and profoundly disturbing pacifist novel, as Joe dreams of warning all the "little guys" sent out to kill other countries' "little guys" of the futility of war; that some fates can be worse than dying...this new edition of Trumbo's masterpiece is depressingly timely.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Phil Mongredien on Aug 15 2009

Seventy years on, as the casualties continue to mount in Afghanistan, with the numberless wounded rarely warranting more than a mention in dispatches, this new edition of Trumbo's masterpiece is depressingly timely.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Mr Peter More on Jan 02 2006

This is an amazing book for its feat of taking you into a mind locked in that cruellest of cells – ones own practically dead body; tortured by that most evil of mental tortures – being allowed almost no sensory input and no movement; and having been put there by that most prolific dispenser of unjust punishment – War.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Mr Peter More on Jan 02 2006

I loved this book. It was clever, insightful, inciteful, and gripping...This is an amazing book for its feat of taking you into a mind locked in that cruellest of cells – ones own practically dead body; tortured by that most evil of mental tortures – being allowed almost no sensory input and no movement...

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The Bookbag

Excellent
Reviewed by Jill Murphy on Apr 01 2001

It may change your mind, it may not. But you'll be aware of another, more personal, implication of the choice you are making and that is an important thing.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by keels on Dec 18 2015

The beauty of this novel is the fact that even without much focus on actual warfare, the horrors of battles and war is shown, and in a timeless way through emotions and memories...Johnny Got His Gun is not just an anti-war novel. It is a book about true compassion, love, family, and knowledge.

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Brothers Judd

Below average
Reviewed by brothersjudd on Oct 27 2004

On the other hand, what Trumbo is really espousing is a slave philosophy. Carried to its logical conclusion, his argument is a call for men to cede freedom and submit to enslavement in order to preserve their own lives...Ultimately, this book is more interesting as a justification for the Blacklist, than as a statement about war.

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World's Strongest Librarian

Above average
Reviewed by Josh on Sep 27 2010

This is not a book that I enjoyed, but that is not the point. I’m glad I read it, both for the author’s willingness to make his views of war known...I can never know what war is like...I feel like this book might have given me a glimpse at the edges. It affected me more than many books about war have.

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Asylum

Good
Reviewed by John Self on Aug 06 2009

...there is significant satisfaction to be had in the narrative, which carries out some form of escapology on its self-restricting concei...In addition, Trumbo’s message...is delivered with such passion in its varying forms that the book ends up a success artistically as well as politically.

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A Novel Approach

Good
Reviewed by Matt on Dec 10 2009

Johnny Got His Gun is certainly the best anti-war novel I’ve read. There is so much anger here, but it is controlled and measured...Trumbo carefully and subtly creates a man who is the embodiment of war’s endgame – a solider destroyed by the other side. And it is through him that we must question whether it is all worth it.

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Books And Movie Review

Good
Reviewed by PROTIK BASU on Aug 01 2009

Very few books can make everything around you irrelevant except the words that you read. This for me, is one of them...The book is extraordinary in that it combines the personal and political beautifully. The passages about his life are poignant, especially his parting with Kareen...

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