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Barefoot Gen: Life After the Bomb : A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima Hardcover – 1 Mar 1989

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: New Society Pub (Mar. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086571147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865711471
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,566,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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son has got the full set now some of these books are very difficult to get hold of fast delivery reasonable price not for children too young
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Bought because I had parts 1 & 2. It's a classic work detailing the aftermath of Hiroshima. It pulls no punches both in it's depiction of the after effects of the bomb but also the atmosphere in Japan and the behaviour of their military/ government. A pretty convincing argument for nuclear disarmament.
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HASH(0xa8351dbc) out of 5 stars Life After the Bomb 11 Jun. 2006
By Steve Fuson - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an incredibly moving graphic novel. In order to earn money to feed his mother and infant sister Gen agrees to take care of Mr. Seiji, an artist burned head to toe by the bomb. Mr. Seiji is kept in a room and left to die by his brother and his brother's family. The way in which Mr. Seiji's family treat him, calling him a monster, wishing he would would die so they could stop being incenvenienced, is in direct contrast to the way in which Gen takes care of his mother, and the orphan Ryuta who looks like his dead brother. The story is a perfect metaphor for humanity, civility, and the way in which people treat each other when times are difficult for everyone.

The artwork his excellent. Nakazawa's somewhat cartoony style makes the horrors seem that much more horrific. The burn victims, both living and dead, the maggots crawling through a living person's dead flesh, people vomiting blood, all have an amazing stomach turning impact.

And yet mixed in with all this is Gen's childish love, hope, and optimism. Despite the setting, he and Ryuta manage to find humor and sing songs.

This is a fictional story, but it is based on Kaiji Nakazawa's real life experiences which he went through as a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing. The names of some of the characters are the names of his family. The stories he tells are harsh and real and painful and good. Literature, in any medium, doesn't get any better than this.
HASH(0xa83530fc) out of 5 stars Disappointing after a strong v. 1 & 2 3 July 2015
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Format: Paperback
Volumes 1 & 2 were powerful; Volume 3, while good, does not measure up to the other two.

The author shows that those unaffected by the bomb in Hiroshima cruelly shunned those suffering from its effects. They didn't know about radiation but they could see its painful and imminently lethal effects. The problems of disposing of the dead and problems the living have in finding food and shelter are shown. As in volumes 1 & 2 there is a lot on the food shortage. . The author shows are some ruses used to get food, and the strong seem to survive.

A good bit of the book deals with Gen's job. He earns 3 yen a day attending to a survivor. He takes maggots from his wounds and tries to raise his spirits.

The people are clearly traumatized and there is no government or charity to help them.

This is a good book, but it is not great, as are vols 2 & 2 of the series.

Gen finds a job caring from a radiation victim artist. As long as he stays alive, Gen can earn 3 yen a day.
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