Dalton Trumbo

Johnny Got His Gun



“Johnny Got His Gun” by Dalton Trumbo: In the depths of World War I, Joe Bonham, a wounded soldier, is trapped within his own broken body. With no senses but his thoughts, he grapples with the horrors of war, becoming a symbol of human resilience and a plea for peace.

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In the depths of World War I, a young soldier named Joe Bonham lies in a hospital bed, trapped within the confines of his own shattered body. His eyes, ears, nose, and mouth have been torn away, leaving him unable to see, hear, speak, or taste. Dalton Trumbo’s haunting and provocative novel, “Johnny Got His Gun,” takes readers on an extraordinary journey into the mind and soul of a man robbed of his physical senses but not his consciousness.

As Joe lies motionless in his hospital bed, his thoughts become his only refuge—a solace, yet also a relentless torment. Cut off from the outside world, he retreats deep within the recesses of his mind, reliving memories of his past, grappling with the devastating reality of his present, and contemplating the uncertain future that awaits him. Trapped between life and death, Joe Bonham becomes a powerful symbol of the horrors of war and the indomitable spirit of the human will.

Through Joe’s internal monologues, Trumbo paints a vivid portrait of the profound psychological and emotional impact of war on the individual. In his desperation to communicate with the outside world, Joe embarks on a mission to convey his message—a message that echoes with the desperate plea for peace and the preservation of humanity.

Originally published in 1939, “Johnny Got His Gun” stands as a timeless anti-war novel, one that transcends its historical context to explore the fundamental questions of human existence, morality, and the price we pay for our actions. Trumbo’s poignant prose and unflinching portrayal of the horrors of war have earned this novel a place among the most powerful and thought-provoking works of twentieth-century literature.

“Johnny Got His Gun” serves as a piercing reminder of the lasting consequences of armed conflict, urging readers to confront the true cost of war and to examine the ethical implications of decisions made in the name of patriotism and duty. With its searing intensity and profound examination of the human condition, this literary masterpiece will leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of those who dare to delve into its pages.

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Weight 0.214 g
Dimensions 19.7 × 12.9 cm