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BAREFOOT GEN #2: THE DAY AFTER: Day After v. 2 Paperback – 1 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: LAST GASP (1 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086719619X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867196191
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Volumes 1 & 2 of Nakazawa's famous comic series about a boy called 'Gen' and his life in Hiroshima during the WWII and soon after the atomic bomb. The first two volumes of this series are probably the most important ones. After I read them, I just had to lend them to everyone I knew. If you read this story, you'll realise how silly to hear some popular opiniton 'Dropping two atomic bombs in Japan was necessary to end the war'. The author Nakazawa says that each and every event illustrated here is a true story. You'll see, for example, that two young brothers fight against each other for a little grain of rice. Gen trying to encourage a girl who used to be dreaming about one day becoming a professional dancer, but now her face was badly burnt by the bomb, although she still didn't know it - he refuses to let her see the mirror.
The bombs were dropped onto civilians in the two cities, namely Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in Hiroshima alone 100,000 people, including children, elderly people and western prisoners of war, were killed instantly, and the pain they suffered from it was tremendous. The way some of Gen's family members, including a new born baby sister, were slowly dying is simply too sad to look at. But the reality is that it actually took place and was caused by human hands.
I sincerely hope that many people will find the opportunity to read this book at least once in their life-time, and I strongly believe that this book will enlighten the whole world with the message: 'What really happens when a nuclear bomb is dropped onto humanity', which hasn't really been talked about in history books for some reason. But I think it's time to face reality.
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Man's inhumanity to man continues unabated today, but this little book shows how it's not all bad. Even in the grimmest circumstances (and they don't come much grimmer than in the aftermath of an atomic explosion in a fascistic and militarized nation) hope and kindness can survive.
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By AJ on 17 April 2011
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This is a fascinating, moving, and in depth account of life after the Hiroshima bomb written and drawn in a Japanese style that may come across as rough and ready. Stick with it. It is powerful and provokes strong emotion, and you will get used to the comic style very quickly. I keep expecting to be bored when I pick up the next volume of this series, but it hasn't happened. Every volume has it's own saga and presents that period of Japanese history in a way accessible to all. If it is accurate, which the foreword and the website says it is, then it is also an historical document of the first order. Start at the beginning and enjoy.
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When one thought Gen had seen it all in the merciless aftermath of the nuclear apocalypse, the author throws some more punches about the best and worst of human nature.

If you have enjoyed the series thus far I am sure you will continue to be amazed, saddened and cheered by Gen's adventures.
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