Johnny Got His Gun

Recommended by Cheryl Strayed, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #13 in War Fiction, Ranked #22 in World War Isee more rankings.

This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered - not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives...

This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome... but so is war.

Winner of the National Book Award.

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Cheryl Strayed I came upon this book when I was about 14. [It was] about a reality that was so far from my own. And yet when I was this teenager, I really could feel like the power of narrative, the power of inhabiting the life of another human. (Source)

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