This book has never left my mind since reading it more than 25 years ago. Especially during this time of war, it comes back to haunt my thoughts. Very raw, moving, sad, and powerful.
When I read this book in 1991, I often thought of Joe and how old he would be in that year. He seemed so real that I hoped he finally was dead. Not that I wish that on him out of spite, but that he was finally out of his misery
I'm reading this book for English, and although I'm not done reading it, it is very interesting. It's really different. I'll never look at a war quite the same way. It's an excellent anti-war novel. It's almost like a creepy horror novel.
If this is the book of the movie, then it must be the most depressing experience. When I left the cinema, I felt like shooting myself.
Again Harvey Booth you make Fah Lo Suee laugh with truth! Is the boy at the back of the class reading and doing his work or is he not paying attention. Fah Lo Suee no sympathy for Johnny, he got gun and it blew up in hisd misguided and ill concieved patriotic face, making Fah Lo Suee laugh :)
Yes, war is depressing, and war novels tend to be pretty depressing, but this one succeeds because it's so real and so immediate. As Cassie has said: it makes us re-think war.
What did you think? I felt pretty devastated for days afterward. I mean to read it again, but I don't feel strong enough yet. That book is one amazing achievement.
I read it 33 yrs ago and it changed the way I thought abt alot of things. That book has never left me.It is depressing but its message needs to be heard.
Reading that book really makes ya think...and since I am into history and read many books about it and documentries and such....it shows how true that could be...