#DailyBookQuote : 12th August 2013
– Dalton Trumbo (Dec 09, 1905 – Sep 10, 1976)
– Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun
Joe Bonham, a young 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, but that his mind functions perfectly, leaving him a prisoner in his own body. At first Joe wishes to die, attempts suicide by suffocation & fails, but later decides that he desires to be placed in a glass box and toured around the country in order to show others the true horrors of war. Joe successfully communicates these desires with military officials by banging his head on his pillow in Morse code. However, he realizes that neither desire will be granted, and it is implied that he will live the rest of his natural life in his condition. As Joe drifts between reality and fantasy, he remembers his old life with his family and girlfriend, and reflects upon the myths and realities of war. Johnny Got His Gun is an anti-war novel written in 1938 by American novelist Dalton Trumbo. The novel won one of the early National Book Awards; the Most Original Book of 1939.
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