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Johnny is a small town American boy who has to go and fight in World War 1. He gets terribly injured, and comes to in a war hospital. As he recovers, he realises that he is blind, and deaf, and has no mouth, and no arms, and no legs. He is just a stump with a mind.
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The story has two sides. One the one side we see him as a young man before the war, understand what he was like and what his future could have been like. One the other side, he is coming to realise his present situation and prospects.

This is a very dramatic look at what war is really about, and is particularly relevant in these days when so many people seem keen to fight.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   conduct in war Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   physical disability Conflict:    -   War, general    -   War, WW I

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   infantry soldier Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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