Monday, January 24, 2011
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo. It's an amazing book and not many novels are written about World War I. The book goes in and out between fantasy and reality, because that's what's happening to the narrator. He was wounded in action and is in an English hospital. He has no arms or legs or a face. He cannot speak to communicate how he feels or what he's thinking. Until one day he remembers Morse code and uses his head to make the dots and dashes. A nurse figures out what he's doing one day and all he's asking for is to be killed. The nurse tells the doctors that and end the end, he's just left in the empty, dark hospital room.