Has anyone here read this book? I just started reading it for my ethics class and find it very difficult to follow. It’s not told in linear time. It jumps from one time period to another, back and forth, memory upon memory. There are no smooth transitions between periods and what I’m presuming to be memory. Not sure what it has to do with ethics yet.
It was written by Dalton Trumbo and was originally published in 1939. It’s starts off when a hungover Joe learns his father just died. Then he’s at his home with his mom and sister and all of a sudden he’s floating off deaf in what sounds like a bizarre dream. Then suddenly his dad and mom are dating. Just as suddenly Joe is deaf, bandaged, floating on water (where? No idea), and had his arm cut off. At this point he sounds like he's in the hospital. Then all of a sudden he’s with his girl just before he goes to war to fight the Germans. I keep thinking I missed something as I’m reading and I’m only on page 36. I’m sure this will all begin to make sense after another 30 pages or more.
The book is a National Book Award Winner and is supposed to be Trumbo's most highly acclaimed work, according to the back cover. So, if you’ve read it or know anything about Johnny Got His Gun, please feel free to comment on it. I would love to hear what you think.