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Author: Jim Lehrer
ISBN: 0812979443
Language: English
Pages: 240 pages
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (April 20, 2010)
Rating: 4.3
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Oh, Johnny is Jim Lehrer’s nineteenth novel. Despite a bit of a clunky beginning, Oh, Johnny turned out to be an intriguing book with the poignant message that a soldier’s life will be irretrievably altered after war.

Oh, Johnny is Jim Lehrer’s nineteenth novel. As the story progresses, the characterizations gain depth, and we can begin to see the motivations for Johnny’s actions.

1st novel I've read by Jim Lehrer. Theme around WWII, first love, and pro baseball will resonate with history buffs.

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An excerpt from Oh, Johnny. 1 Johnny Wrigley thought he felt slight lurches and heard braking screeches, among other signs that it must be slowing down again. But after five days and four nights in the confining world of this slow, crowded troop train, he was beyond recognizing much of anything. All he knew for sure was that he was one of several hundred brand- new, gung ho United States marines on the way from South Carolina to California and then on to some island in the Pacific where he was going to kill Japs for America.

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A talented athlete, Johnny Wrigley believes that someday he will play major league baseball. But his life unexpectedly takes a detour. In April 1944, Johnny is a newly minted marine on a troop train heading west for California, where he will be shipped overseas to fight in the Pacific Theater. At a brief stop in Wichita, Johnny gets off the train and falls in love with the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. In a storeroom at the station, they share an intimacy that Johnny will treasure for the next two years at war—and beyond.In Peleliu and Okinawa, nothing prepares Johnny for the terrible events that will haunt him forever. During fierce combat, inspiring thoughts of Betsy Luck (the name Johnny has given his Kansas love) keep him safe. Two years later, Johnny is back in Wichita, searching for the girl he wants to marry. But fate has different plans for Johnny, his long-dreamed-of baseball career, and the girl whose memory helped him survive.
Comments (7)
Xaluenk
Not enjoyable for me at all, in fact I skipped over some of the descriptions. It does give you a birds eye view of what the military goes through in a war and how it affects them afterwards but I thought the plot was shallow.
Saberblade
I've read most of Jim Lehrer's books, and this is one of his best. A great story and interesting characters makes it hard to put this book down.
Kiutondyl
Jim Lehrer -- has done it again!

This is a very engaging story of a young Marine during WW-II. The reader will become so attached to Oh Johnny that the ending paragraphs of this book will bring tears to your eyes.

Especially meaningful to Marines and others in our Armed Services and
their families.
Anayanis
I have been a PBS fan of "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" and have enjoyed several of his novels. This latest: Oh, Johnny: A Novel, I enjoyed best. The story is very "true-to-life". In fact, so "real" did it seem, I was ready to look up the main character, Johnny Wrigley, on Google. The vividness of the details of "what happens" and the thoughts and emotions of the characters keep me going from the first page to the Epilogue. This was/is definitely a "worthwhile read". Congratulations, Mr. Lehrer.
Malaunitly
Those of us who have been in the military during was understand this story. Recruit falls in love with a girl he meets for a few minutes and survives the war thinking it is because of his love for this girl. When he returns home he has a hard time finding the girl he loves, it may be because she never existed. A fun read and you will enjoy deciding why he has a difficult time finding his dream girl.
Pedar
There is a good book in there trying to come out, but it hasn't made it yet. I don't know why Lehrer wrote this book. He doesn't seem to like any of the characters. A lot of interesting background, but the protagonist is not really very interesting.
Tiv
In the opening scene of Jim Lehrer’s Oh, Johnny, we encounter nineteen-year-old Johnny Wrigley aboard a marine troop train bound for California during the last year of World War II. Johnny’s eagerness for action finds an outlet when the train stops briefly in Kansas: he meets a beautiful volunteer named Betsy who shares a few passionate moments with him in a supply room. Instantly smitten, Johnny keeps his vision of Betsy close to his heart as he faces fierce fighting, death, and destruction in the coming months, determined to find her once the war is over. The need to find Betsy even overtakes his passion for baseball, the only thing he’s ever really wanted to do.

Despite a bit of a clunky beginning, Oh, Johnny turned out to be an intriguing book with the poignant message that a soldier’s life will be irretrievably altered after war. As the story progresses, the characterizations gain depth, and we can begin to see the motivations for Johnny’s actions. In fact, the entire style of writing gains depth as Johnny’s relationships with his mother, boss, and doctor all help him to learn to deal with the horrific carnage he’s witnessed. Johnny’s feelings of being at loose ends after the war is probably very accurate to how many men found themselves. There’s a definite coming- of-age element within the story, and you’ll be left thinking of Johnny and his comrades long after you finish this book.

Thank you to the Historical Novel Society for providing a copy of this book for review.
This was Lehrer's 19th published novel. It is not one of his best. He says this is a novel & purely a work of fiction. However, it reads as a combination memoir or tribute to an old fallen friend.
This is a very low-key story. It's about an ordinary high school boy from Maryland who enlists in the Marines to fight in World War II. He loses his 17-year old virginity in a fluke 30-minute rest stop in Wichita, Kansas on a train heading west to California. Lehrer writes of this coupling in just a few words & it took just a few moments of real time. However, it haunted this young man for years to come. He fell head over heels in love with this girl. He didn't know her real name. He wrote imaginary letters to her nearly a mile long, all throughout the war. Conversely, he wrote just 11 short letters home to his single Mom.
He lived through the horrors of some of the worst of the Pacific campaign. Lehrer describes those horrors in a very low-key, non-garish way. Johnny believes he survives because the girl is his good luck charm.
After the war, he sets out for Kansas to find her. He can't. Before the war, he was a star baseball player for his high school. He was even scouted by the pros. Back home in Maryland, he was signed to a minor league contract with a Class B team for the Detroit Tigers. He became a star, batting .374 & fielding like a demon. Then he crashed headlong into the outfield fence & ruined his arm & shoulder & his baseball career ended.
The rest of the book describes how he copes with this loss, how he finds angels to give his life new direction when he's lost, & the O'Henryesque twist towards the end. The last few pages include a truncated version of the rest of his life.
This book contains no fireworks. A few flares, which populate most average lives. Johnny is a nice guy. Would this book have been published by Random House if the author wasn't Jim Lehrer? I tend to think the answer is no.