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am 1. Dezember 2011
Dieses Buch ist - so paradox es klingt - ein einziges Plädoyer an das Leben. Womöglich hatte sich Dalton Trumbo gefragt: Wie kann ich die Toten sprechen lassen? Und er erfand ein Wesen, das im Prinzip tot ist, aber auch nicht wirklich. Ein denkendes Stück Fleisch - ohne Arme, Beine, Augen, Ohren, Mund, Nase. Keinerlei Möglichkeit mit der Außenwelt zu kommunizieren. Diese wiederum pflegt ihn zwar (die Krankenschwestern) und hält ihn am Leben, scheint aber ansonsten sich nicht um ihn zu kümmern oder zu wissen, was mit ihm anzufangen.

Nachdem Johnny langsam aber sicher merkt, in was für einer misslichen Lage er sich befindet, erlebt der Leser mit ihm die Qual, auf sich selbst zurückgeworfen zu werden, ohne Zukunft und - da er jegliches Zeitgefühl verloren hat durch das Fehlen der Sinne - ohne Gegenwart. Daher flüchtet sich Johnny weitgehend in die Vergangenheit und in Träume und versucht durch sein Wärmeempfinden, sein Empfinden für Vibrationen (Schritte der Menschen) und das Fühlen der Hände, die ihn berühren, sich irgendwie in die äußere Welt zu setzen. Dabei fällt es ihm zunächst unglaublich schwer, Traum und Realität zu unterscheiden.

Warum er überhaupt in den Krieg zog, was ihn schließlich in diese Situation brachte? So richtig weiß er es nicht. Man musste halt kämpfen, aber einen Grund, in den Krieg zu ziehen, zeigt das Buch nicht auf. Das gehört zu der Aussage, die sich durch jede Seite zieht: Es gibt keine Rechtfertigung für Krieg. Unvergessen für mich, wenn Dalton Trumbo uns an einem von Johnnys (alb)traumhaften Delirien teilnehmen lässt und gleichzeitig die Produktion eben jener Bombe nachzeichnet - von der Fabrik bis zum Schlachtfeld - deren Weg sich schließlich tragischerweise mit Johnnys kreuzen wird.

Es ist ein Antikriegsbuch durch und durch. Und damit meine ich wirklich durch und durch. Wirklich KEINE - nicht die geringste - Spielerei mit möglichen "Helden", wie es so oft in den angeblichen Antikriegsfilmen geschieht; dass man ja, selbst in der Hölle, noch irgendwie ein Held sein kann. Nein. Kein Heldentum, kein "ja, aber...": Dieses Buch klagt den Krieg in allen seinen Facetten an und gesteht ihm keinerlei Existenzrecht zu. Dieses Buch will nur das Leben feiern.

PS: Die Originalversion in Englisch ist sehr gut verständlich. Man muss nicht fließend Englisch können, um das Buch zu lesen.
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am 6. November 2015
Zu Recht ein Klassiker. Trumbos Schilderungen kriechen langsam unter die Haut und nehmen den Leser mit in das Entsetzen hinein. So intensiv, dass ich stellenweise das Buch weglegte, um aus der geschilderten Situation herauszutreten ... eben genau das, was dem Protagonisten nicht möglich ist.
Wer hin und wieder englische Bücher liest, sollte auch mit dem Originaltext von "Johnny got his gun" klarkommen.
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am 18. August 2002
Ein schon etwas älteres Buch, es erschien kurz vor Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkrieges: Johnny, ein Amerikaner zieht in den ersten Weltkrieg. Durch eine Verletzung verliert er alle Extremitäten und auch sein Gesicht ist zerstört. So vegetiert er in einem Lazarett dahin und erinnert sich an sein Leben.
Ein unglaublich intensives Buch, die Art und Weise, wie Trumbo Rückblenden verwendet und wie er Johnnys Leben vor dem Krieg schildert - Monster!
In der angelsächsischen Welt relativ bekannt (Metallica schrieben ihren Song ONE über dieses Buch). Merkwürdig, aber zur Zeit scheint es dieses Buch auf Deutsch nicht zu geben.
"Johnny" konnte wegen seiner pazifistischen Tendenzen während des II. Weltkrieges in den USA teilweise nicht erscheinen, wurde aber in den sechziger Jahren drüben zum Kultbuch (und auch hier? - ich weiss es nicht). Dalton Trumbo ist in den USA v.a. als Drehbuchautor in Erscheinung getreten.
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am 25. Juni 2014
Ich habe das Buch mit 17 Jahren das erste Mal gelesen, damals auf deutsch. Jetzt, 45 Jahre später, hat es mich noch genau so bewegt wie damals. Inhaltlich und sprachlich ganz große Literatur. Es gibt viele Bücher über die Grausamkeiten des Krieges , aber wasTrumbo aus Sicht des einfachen Soldaten beschreibt, ist für mich das Erschütternste, was ich je gelesen habe. Es sollte Pflichtlektüre für alle Politiker werden.
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am 13. Juni 2000
In a situation that is horrible, we have a man who wants to be used as a symbol of the horrors of war. We read about his life, about his father dying, about his girlfriend and her father, both understanding that he may not come back from the war, and she gives herself to him. There is a beauty in the cold reality of the what this book is about. And finally in the end we see a true man who wants humanity to understand how precious life is.
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am 10. Dezember 1998
"Johnny Got His Gun" is the most powerful piece of writing I've read. It is a story of a young American terribly maimed in WWI. He survives armless, legless, and faceless, but with his mind intact, it is an immediate bestseller. By using powerful words, Trumbo leads the readers through a flood of intense emotions that are unforgettable. Imagine that you are without your five senses and no longer mobile. That means no walking or talking, no touch, sight or smell, no face to show expression, only the loneliness of your own thoughts. How can you survive or survive or struggle through that horrible time? With very strong and powerful words, Trumbo brought the main character, Joe, to the time of living again. After waking up from a long sleep, Joe starts to realize that he is still alive and still has his mind that can be used for something more meaningful, instead of lying there like a death body. He learns how to keep track of the time by counting the nurse'visits. He also learns how to tell whether it is night or daytime by feeling the heat absorbed by his body. He uses vibrations from the nurse's footsteps to measure the dimension of his room, and the number of people come in. He also begins to communicate with people outside the world by using the Morse Code.He taps his head against the pillow many times, trying to say the word S.O.S-Help- even though he knows that it would be a very small chance for people to recognize his message. However, his life changes when he receives a new nurse. Being patient, the nurse tries to talk to him by drawing letters on his chest.The first word he gets from her is "Merry Christmas" This nurse also brings more people to come see him. There is no word to describe or imagine how happy he is. "He thought of himself with a kind of hysterical happiness four years maybe five years maybe six years he didn't know how many years but he has been through all of them." But when they ask him "What do you want?", for a moment he is in the shock of disappointed at discovering it is not the person he has been waiting for. Trumbo uses very emotional words to describe how disappointed he is. "They should know what he wanted and they should know they couldn't give it to him. He wanted the things they took for granted the things nobody could ever give him. He wanted eyes to see with.....He wanted a nose so that he could smell rain.....He wanted a mouth so that he could eat and talk and laugh and taste and kiss.....He wanted arms and legs so he could work and walk.....but that was it, and he had done it. He had broken through, and they had refused him by saying "What you want is against regulation."" He sacrificed all his life for war and now that was all he got, living lonely in a dark silent world with a maimed body, having no feeling of life. "Johnny Got His Gun" remains the most revolutionary, searing document against war and justice. With the most beautiful words, Trumbo creates a terrifying book, an extraordinary emotional intensity that can never be forgotten by anyone who reads it.
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am 26. Mai 2000
I consider myself to have a strong stomach, but this book even put my stomach to the test. Imagine being scared out of your wits as a young man in war in the first place, and then step on a landmine. When you wake up, you are just mostly stubs. No arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth, nose - nothing. No connection to the outside world, and no way to escape. Just left in your own quiet world of inner torment. Joe Bonham deals with this in the book, and he will take you on a journey through is dreadful experiences in the war.
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am 23. März 1999
Johnny Got His Gun is the most captivating and powerful anti-war novel that I have ever read. It is a story of a young American man by the name of Joe Bonham who is drafted into World War I and gets blown up while he is there. Dalton Trumbo, the author, takes his readers through a breathtaking journey of this one man's struggle with life. Joe becomes quadriplegic and he loses all his senses except touch because of the explosion during the war. How could a man survive in such a world in which he could not communicate. Trumbo uses Joe's mind as a reason for this will to stay alive. He takes us through the memories of his life before he entered the war. From meaningful memories of him and his dad fishing together to nonsense memories of when he worked in a bakery and a man named Jose threw cherry pies on the floor. When Joe awakes from his long sleep, he finds himself lying in a hospital bed hopeless, lifeless. Joe begins to realize that even though he has lost all his limbs he's still a human being with feelings, thoughts, and emotions. He can still think for himself and use his mind in a meaningful manner. As he lays there in his death bed he begins to wonder about time, what day it is or how many days have come and gone. Joe begins to use his mind to find out all the things he wonders. He begins to track the nurses schedules be feeling the vibrations from their footsteps, and then he would count the seconds that passed until the next visit. Trumbo shows us how Joe wants to be able to communicate by using Morse Code. After a long hard struggle his day nurse is finally able to understand that Joe is trying to communicate to her. She responds to him by writing letters on his chest over and over again until he gets the word. His day nurse brings in a doctor to see what Joe is trying to tell them. Trumbo shows that Joe wants to explain to the world that war can do to you and how fighting for nothing is pointless and risking your life for nothing is unthinkable. The doctor then informs Joe that his wishes cannot be granted because it is against regulations. His hopes are shattered, all that he has done to try to communicate and try to stay alive and think about all the good that he has done is gone. Joe's world turns black and fades away. Johnny Got His Gun is the most captivating anti-war novel out there. Dalton Trumbo does an exceptional job in explaining to us the life of a young man who lives as a stump because of the tragedy in the war. He conveys to us how to live with your mind and not your body. This intense and emotional book is filled with vivid language and detailed thoughts that will take your breath away. This is a MUST read for everyone.
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am 18. Juni 1998
This book is amazing. The emotions that surge through the pages of this novel are so raw and so true that I found myself crying out of frustration and sadness and throwing the book across the room out of anger and feeling everything. It is crazy. Trumbo's writing is exceptional and original and makes the book read quickly and smoothly. There is no punctuation in this novel except for periods and question marks. This, combined with other interesting techniques, makes this book the perfect writings of someone's thoughts. . .and not just anyone's thoughts. These are the thoughts of a man who physically can't do anything but think. That's why it is so intense all of the time. Another reason why I like this book so much is because it illustrates the horrors of war, what war does to human beings. This normal, functioning man turns into a piece of helpless flesh who has no physical way of communicating with anyone or anything. Trumbo's novel has been black-listed during every major war since WWII because it delivers such a strong and touching message. I guess all I have to say is if you haven't read it, please do, and if you have read it and you don't like it then maybe you should try reading it again because it is so damn good.
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am 4. Mai 1999
JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN is extremely raw and realistic. Dalton Trumbo's gut- wrenching look at war is very captivating. The plot reveals a war described as a journey to sacrifice, the road to hell, odyssey of suffering, and as a bloody mess. This book is Dalton Trumbo's best work ever. It is a must-read for anyone who has not seen the trials and tribulations of a war vet. Trumbo gives a multi-faceted in-depth at one man's suffering. The soldier comes out of war remembering the repugnant stench of combat, While traumatized and disabled in the hospital, the smell of memories past and his life's distorted direction haunts him. Even though it was written over thirty years ago his rotted view on war remains relevant today. Even if you have not lost a loved one to war this book will make you feel as if you have. As a person with partial paralysis and muscle atrophy, I identify with the soldier and recognize that Dalton Trumbo is an empathetic genius who captures the rage and feelings in a handicapped war vet's struggle to live life.
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