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Along blck way other persons’ diaries or recollections are interspersed to form a chronological picture of the days before and after the bomb. Feb 21, Parastoo. Black Rain is pretty huge.

One dealing with the event itself and the other with the way the hibakusha the “bomb-blast people” survived – their experience, their feelings of shame, of guilt at having survived, their apathy and their fear of radiation sickness.

The number killed varies but a mid-range estimate is well overwithin 24 hours of the air raid. The details of death, injury, radiation sickness and physical destruction are given equal billing with the care and feeding of farmed carp, their preferred ambient temperature, and the use of abalone shells as weasel deterrents. 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.

You become both inured to seeing disfigurement and death because it is everywhere, but moved at seeing it because it is your own friend or loved one who has been instantly burned, or who, years after the blast, only then starts to lose their hair, and their teeth, and to develop terrible sores. The musings over the fear and hunger, like a kind of mental spark Like the feeling of yelling “Don’t go in there!

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This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub. All you ask for with something like this is testimony; you want the book to stay out of its own way, and Ibuse does that. For me the end is hopelessness. The novel draws its material from the bombing of Hiroshima with the title referring to the nuclear fallout. There is not really graphic violence per say, but there are a lot of graphic descriptions of the people that were injured by the bomb.

Along the way other persons’ diaries or recollections are interspersed to form a chronological picture of the days before and after the bomb. Was she corrupted by her exposure to it? Read more Read less.

The story lacks a strong narrative thread a I feel like it has taken me a very long time to get through this book. I also watched the film masuju sprung from the book.

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Everybody should read it. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: The survivalist stuff, like how they dug for clams under the bridge, or purchased from the blackmarket. There is no plot since there was no plot to the bombing as it affected those on the ground.

Masuji Ibuse has certainly done his part by creating the sad, yet dignified, story of the Shizuma family and the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Facts are what survive any calamity.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? They are eventually reunited, and what follows is mzsuji story that reveals not only the horror of the first few days, but the long-term effects the day has on their family.

The account is drawn largely from Shizuma’s journal of the war years, but also from that of his niece, Yasuko, and a couple of rin people whose paths crossed with his. This is the most beautiful and most sad thing I’ve ever read. If I investigated I’m sure I’d find someone on amazon bitching that their story wasn’t important because they could get food from the blackmarket. They will remember the moment through the lens of their blafk experience, and Ibuse captures the need for humanity to hear and tell their own version of what happened through this narrative masuuji.


Rather, Black Rain simply describes what it was like for a few of the survivors of Hiroshima. It details, through narrative and diary format, what it was like to live in and around Hiroshima in the days just mxsuji the atomic bomb dropped until about a year afterward.

Oct 16, J. In other words, 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.

Not Enabled Word Wise: Therefore, the military and political structures are to blame for the incredible amount of suffering inflicted during the war.

It does accomplish what it set out to do, show the effect on the losing side of war. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The story’s main characters are Shigematsu Shizuma a manager at a clothing manufacturing planthis niece Yasuko, and wife Shigeko.

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