Johnny Got His Gun – Dalton Trumbo

September 26, 2008

I am finally back with another review. I did not realize it had been so long. Almost 20 days! I really enjoyed Johnny Got His Gun. It is about Joe Bonham, a soldier during World War I. He wakes up to find himself in a hospital bed where the rest of his life will be spent. Needless to say, the novel is on the depressing side. There were times that I felt like I could not bear to read more.  Maybe that is why it took me so long to finish the book. However, Trumbo would have had a hard time getting his anti-war message across if the novel was not depressing.

So, if you are interested in reading this book, get ready for some sad stuff.

Also, I’m interested in knowing your opinions for the following questions, so I would really appreciate it if you could answer them. If I get enough replies, I’d like to start a discussion for my next post that hopefully will not be the last. 😉

1) What is your opinion of war?

2) What is the most depressing book you have read? If possible, without spoiling the book, what made it so sad?


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

September 7, 2008

I had to read this book for my American Literature class this year, and it was also mandatory reading for my eighth grade reading class. I never read it in eighth grade. I simply just could not get into it. I stopped after Huck disguised himself as a girl. The rest I looked up on SparkNotes. It was the only mandatory school reading book I did not finish. And now to why I have decided to finish every book I start: I will pick it up again. My teacher gave the class a choice between Huck Finn and Their Eyes Were Watching God. Obviously, I chose Huck Finn, and this time I completed it.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about freedom. Huck wants to escape the wrath of his father and has no wish to be civilized. Jim escapes slavery. Together, they have a journey on the Mississippi. On the journey, they meet lots of people of society. The men on the Walter Scott, the Grangerfords, the “Duke” and the “King”, Colonel Sherburn, and the Wilks’s daughters to name a few.

I did not completely enjoy the book. Like when I started it in eighth grade, I didn’t fully get into it. Unlike eighth grade however, I can at least appreciate it. Twain makes a bold move tackling the issue of slavery and society. Still, it is not a book I will ever read again or one I would recommend.