posted on Jan, 15 2016 @ 06:03 PM
I recommend "Johnny got his gun" by Dalton Trumbo. I would say it is a must read that reaches too few these days. Plot
Joe Bonham, a young American 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 (including his eyes, ears, teeth, and tongue), but that his mind
functions perfectly, leaving him a prisoner in his own body.
Joe attempts suicide by suffocation, but finds that he had been given a tracheotomy which he can neither remove nor control. At first Joe wishes to
die, 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
It is a very powerful book in my opinion that asks some hard questions regarding personal sacrifices to promote someone else's agenda.