Hiroshim

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Wildside Press LLC, 2010 - 126 pages
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NYU would be right. It's not just the chronology of events, the technical descriptions, its the spirit and civilized behavior of the Japanese under the most impossible nightmare conditions.

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Hiroshima: A book review
Author: John Hersey Publicized: 1946 Number of pages: 152
John Hersey’s book, Hiroshima is a written report on the lives of six different victims that suffered the
effects of the atomic bomb that detonated above Hiroshima in Japan. He captures their thoughts, actions, and appearances in vivid detail. Hersey describes what the victims did before, during, and after the explosion of the atom bomb. You read the details from the weeks leading up to the explosion to forty years after.
The characters include: Miss Toshinki Sasaki, Dr. Masakazu Fujii, Mrs. Hatsuyo Nakamura, Father Willhelm Kleinsorge, Dr. Terufumi Sasaki (not related to Miss. Sasaki), and Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto.
Described as a great powerful white flash, is what all the characters last saw before the force was felt of the nuclear explosion. Most of them were knocked unconscious and woke up to a horrendous seen of destruction. Hersey does a good job at describing the amount of damaged caused throughout the book. From rooms to far distances seen afar, the author’s description gives you a well drawn-out image.
You learn about many different selfless acts by victims, from going out of their way to fetch water or providing transportation across a river. Even while going through such a tragedy, victims help out other victims. Victims that received such gracious acts may have died knowing there were still selfless people out there, even in Hiroshima. Hersey helps you know that even during such tragedy, hope and goodness is still clinging on to humanity.
Towards the end, Hersey tells you about the characters’ life forty years after the detonation of the atom bomb above Hiroshima. Some became successful in life by owning different businesses. However the same cannot be said for some of the other six victims. Some suffer from poverty, health problems, or even death. Although he jumps ahead forty years into the lives of the six characters, he describes how some used this tragic event to their advantage, either as motivation or a learning experience.
You’d think the victims that suffered that day would have developed hatred towards the United States of America, but they didn’t. They actually felt let down by their own country, thinking that Japan’s decisions in war caused them the horrendous effects of nuclear war.
Although this book may have been at a better quality, it is still a great book depicting a very vivid account of what happened on August 6, 1945. You learn about good attributes shown on throughout that fateful year. Attributes shown by victims are generosity, selflessness, courage, compassion, honor, honesty, and determination. Even if these weren’t enough to keep someone alive, that dying person saw it. This would show them that they would die respectfully in the hands of a caring person.
 

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Section 1
3
Section 2
24
Section 3
56
Section 4
87
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John Richard Hersey was born in Tientsin, China on June 17, 1914 where he lived until 1925 when his family went back to the United States. Hersey worked as a journalist and war correspondent during World War II for Time Magazine and became well known from those writings on the war. He was Master at Pierson College at Yale from 1965 to 1970 and spent the following year as Writer-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome. He was a past President of the Authors League of America and was elected by the membership of the American Academy of Arms and Letters to be their chancellor. Hersey's first novel was "A Bell for Adano," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. The following year he wrote "Hiroshima," which was an account of nuclear devastation and human suffering. Hersey was outspoken against the bombing, leading the fight to reclaim humanity, and spoke out against the nuclear arms race. Hersey was also interested and involved in American public education and he published "The Child Buyer" in 1960. "Key West Tales" was published in 1993. Hersey retired from Yale University and lived between Key West, Florida and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. On March 24, 1993, John Hersey died at his home in Key West leaving behind his wife Barbara, five children and six grandchildren.

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