Wednesday, August 23   6-8 pm
Shortridge High School
3401 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208

In August, we will meet in the library at Shortridge High School (Vonnegut's alma mater) to discuss Dalton Trumbo's 1939 war novel Johnny Got His Gun, which received a National Book Award. It's the story of a World War I soldier who wakes up from war injuries and realizes he has a disfigured face and no arms or legs. He can not see, feel, smell, hear, or taste. He narrates from inside his mind. The book was not controversial, at first, although it was challenged from time to time later for being "un-American." Trumbo, a member of the Communist Party in the 1940s, was controversial. After he pulled his book between WWII and the Korean War precisely because of the ongoing horrors of war, authorities investigated his Communist ties.

If you are interested in joining this FREE one-of-a-kind book club, sign up here so that we know how many will be participating.

Written by Roxanna Santoro — July 11, 2017

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