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Editorial Reviews. Review. “This painful and very beautiful book gives two powerful : Black Rain (Japan’s Modern Writers) eBook: Masuji Ibuse. : Black Rain (Japan’s Modern Writers) (): Masuji Ibuse, John Bester: Books. (Black Rain ) The importance of the name of the bomb may seem ineffectual, but he seems to dwell on finding out what caused this type of destruction.

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This article about a World War II novel is a stub. It interweaves the ordinary lives of farming people with that extraordinary event, the bombing of Hiroshima. Shizuma and his friend are ridiculed as “lazy” for taking it easy and going fishing.

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There is very little in the way of recrimination against the American’s who dropped the bomb, Ibuse is almost completely concerned with the immediate experience of those caught up in the horror of nuclear warfare. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Paperbackpages. The book also includes an understated kind of heroism. August 12, — Here’s a book about nuclear bombs, which we dropped on Japan twice inin order to end the war or make a point about how things might go after the war.

In other raun, I doubt the pilot and crew of the Enola Gay would be capable of inflicting such agony on Japanese families and soldiers if they were face-to-face.

Get to Know Us. Can you live your life after you survived hell? This is not an apologist tome, though.


This results in one of the most poignant vignettes in the story: Ibuse’s tale blavk the lives of innocent, or Thundery black clouds had borne down on us from the direction of the city, and the rain from them had fallen in streaks the thickness of a fountain pen. Ibuse has subtlety detailed how one might react to such overwhelming horror: One can see why the Americans said nothing in the aftermath, negotiating the end of hostilities as they were, but the cold discipline of doing that!

Masuji Ibuse’s Black Rain: Summary & Analysis

It’s a sobering book, and a necessary one for any student of World War II or of world history. Buy the selected items together This item: The present time in the novel takes place several years later, when Shigematsu and his wife Shigeko become the guardians of their niece, Yasuko, and thus obligated to find a suitable husband for her. Mar 13, Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk rated it it was amazing Shelves: And tomorrow is the annual ceremony to commemorate the insects that might have been killed during the harvest.

Black Rain has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Even after realizing the inevitable cycle of death around him, Shigematsu whispers words tainted with a small spark of hope: The sound of its whistle cheered me immensely.

Black Rain portrays the difficulties of military and political bureaucracy.

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To think that humankind has done this to each other in the past, and knowing what happened, keeps the possibility for the future.

The account of Yasuko’s failed marriage plans brings home the tragedy of lives deprived of fundamental hopes and expectations.


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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Lists with Masuki Book. The civilians must ration food so that the military can eat, and then they must also suffer because the bomb that was dropped was not meant for any military base but to destroy and kill a city.

This is reflected in the novel; beauty mawuji death and social order. Sending Japanese literature westward Red Circle Authors, a unique endeavor in the publishing world, aims to connect East and West through literature. The book alternates between Shizuma Shigematsu’s journal entries and other characters from August 6—15,Hiroshima, and the present. The emotion that flooded me at the prospect of a time free from the sleeplessness, strain, and apprehension of the past three days made the three-hour journey seem excessively long and boack train excessively tardy.

The kindle version has an interactive table of contents, and one can easily navigate between the chapters using the 5-way controller.