⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Joe Bonham is dead though he lives. He‘s stuck in a womb-like purgatory created by war. After being savagely injured by an artillery blast, he becomes prisoner to his own ruminations & broken body. His vivid consciousness stream illustrates fond memories, dreams, & present day, at times not sure if he‘s asleep or awake. I often read through tears, my heart only able to take a couple of chapters at a time. Absolutely brilliant.
As many of you know, Metallica‘s “One” is based on this book and film. These lyrics coincide with this passage. 💔
Back in the womb it's much too real
In pumps life that I must feel
But can't look forward to reveal
Look to the time when I'll live
Fed through the tube that sticks in me
Just like a wartime novelty
Tied to machines that make me be
Cut this life off from me
Hold my breath as I wish for death
Oh please God, wake me
Grabbing a few pages while my little guy has swim class. He‘s doing so awesome! Meanwhile, this book is so good, but absolutely brutal. #readeverywhere
although you've waited for years you really never expected the knock. Then you get up and go over and open the door just a little at first to prepare yourself for the shock of disappointment at discovering it isn't the person you've been wanting. But then when you find that the impossible has happened that the visitor you've been praying for has arrived you're so relieved and surprised you don't know exactly what to say or how to begin it.
1. Johnny Got His Gun really disturbed me in my teens. The most horrific prison of all can be your own body.
2 Horror movies never really scared me, but while unsupervised I watched A Clockwork Orange when I was 9. That messed me up for a while.
3 Not sure. As a kid I fell down a levy and almost into a river at flood stage, thought I found a haunted boglin in an old farm house, and had a guy try to get me and my friend into his van.
Johnny Got His Gun is possibly the best anti-war novel ever written. Joe Bonham is sent into the trenches of France in World War One where somewhere exists a bomb with his number stamped upon it. Bonham is mutiliated to where his eyes, nose, ears, mouth, arms, and legs are stolen from him while he lays trapped in his mind. Bonham's evolution through the story eventually leads him to culminations in understanding which I really should not spoil.
I've been looking for this book to read ever since I became aware of it, back when Ronald Rayguns was in the White House training and funding Contras to murder civilians. A copy finally came across my path and I wonder if I have the courage to read it with so much more blood shed since then...
I chose 6 books out of my library that you guys suggested. @Cinfhen I'm reading yours first. Johnny Got His Gun. A book I read in high school. It's known now for the Metallic song One. But this book is an emotional roller coaster!! It's graphic, detailed and dark. I cry when I read it .
I chose to read this for a project, but it is a book that I've never been able to forget. And it inspired a song by a great band!
"Now that the war is through with me
I'm waking up I cannot see
That there is not much left of me
Nothing is real but pain now
Hold my breath as I wish for death
Oh please God, wake me"
This is my vacation "beach read," because nothing says vacation like a WWI stream-of-consciousness narrative by a blind/deaf soldier missing his arms and legs warning about the horribleness of war.