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, ...
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 "Mr. Trumbo sets this story down almost without pause or punctuation and with a fury amounting to eloquence."-- "The New York Times" "It is hard to imaging a more persuasive argument for staying out of war than this smooth, savage, brilliant tale."-- "Chicago Daily News"
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A timeless first-person narration of a quadruple amputee who persevered and clung to hope despite his inability to communicate. I nearly shelved the book but am glad I finished it.
May 7, 2009
Interesting storyline, very captivating. This book has stood the test of time, and I can see why.
Jul 10, 2008
Original spin on a soldier's fate
I read this as it was selected by my book club. It's a totally different book than expected. Unlike "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Storm of Steel," etc., this was so introspective and really makes you think.
The writing is original, the flashbacks are good, and I liked the book overall, and thought the length was just about right.
This is not a book from which you learn anything about WWI, but it does teach you about what it might be like to have no limbs, sight, or hearing. This soldier won a medal, and had some feeling caregivers, but other than that, it's a pretty bleak prospect for him.
Jan 24, 2008
Could you begin to imagine what it would be like to survive a war as the living dead? If you have ever thought being anti-war "anti-American," this book will change your mind. Enter the mind of one man and go on a minute-by-minute journey with him, if you've got the courage.
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