I read this book in the 70s. Was surprised to learn he had written it after WWI and voluntarily removed it from publication during WWII. Republished in response to the Vietnam War. Movie was made in 1971. Trumbo wrote the screenplay and directed the movie. Having read the book, I remember while watching it (starkly black & white), I was powerfully affected. Called my friend afterwards, asking her if she could hear me. Refusing to testify before the House un-American Activities Committee in 1947, he was blacklisted from the motion picture industry.
Easily the most depressing book I've read to-date. The perspective might've been difficult to get used to at first, but I was quickly able to get past that. As this book centers around Joe Bonham, or "Average Joe", who loses all four of his limbs, most of his head (Described as half of a head in the book), and all of his senses except for feel. His thoughts drive the story, and it paints a whole new picture on the costs of war and what liberty in the U.S. actually entails. It describes it all in completely honest detail. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I highly doubt it will be as good as the book.
I'll never be able to look at the military or injuries the same way again.
A little classic. Print version of the ballad "Johnny I hardly knew ye``
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