Sarah's Corner -- Hiroshima Review

Oh look! Another review! And so close together too! Today I will be reviewing a non-fiction book that I started as I waited for my Ninth House to arrive.

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atom bomb ever dropped on a city. This book, John Hersey's journalistic masterpiece, tells what happened on that day. Told through the memories of survivors, this timeless, powerful and compassionate document has become a classic "that stirs the conscience of humanity" (The New York Times).

Almost four decades after the original publication of this celebrated book, John Hersey went back to Hiroshima in search of the people whose stories he had told.  His account of what he discovered about them is now the eloquent and moving final chapter of Hiroshima. I don't typically read non-fiction, but I snagged this one because the story is a tale of six survivors from one of the most devastating moments in history. Overall, the tales are disturbing, but I feel like I wanted to be more in their point of view than as if I am a passerby reading the story.

If you have the chance to read this book and you are a historical reader, I recommend it. There was another thing that I had on the atomic bomb that I got on my visit in Japan. Which by the way, if you ever get the chance to visit the Hiroshima Peace Museum, do so. It was really educational and it's hard to believe that they suffered the way they did. Anyway, back on topic: The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum holds thousands of “A-bomb Drawings by Survivors,” which describe the artists’ own experiences of the A-bombing. These drawings and paintings, most of which were collected in 1974, 1975 and 2002, are records of the A-bombing by Hiroshima citizens. They are precious testimonies that illustrate the devastation that nuclear weapons hold in store for human beings. We also have a series called “The Hiroshima We Miss,” a collection of paintings that depicts Hiroshima City and its citizens’ lifestyles before the A-bombing. When I went I was lucky enough to get a book that composed a lot of these illustrations in one. The details and the stories behind them are truly heartbreaking. I think I felt more emotion in those than I did when reading these stories.

( ....I was really hoping that I had the images of my trip at Hiroshima, but sadly I think they have been lost..... and now I am a little depressed.....)


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