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Barefoot Gen: Volume 1, A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima (Englisch) Taschenbuch – September 1990

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The reissue of this classic manga's first volume has impeccable timing. It recounts the bombing of Hiroshima from the perspective of a young boy, Gen, and his family. But the book's themes (the physical and psychological damage ordinary people suffer from war's realities) ring chillingly true today. Despite its harrowing nature, this work is invaluable for the lessons it offers in history, humanity and compassion. It was published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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Von Ein Kunde am 20. Juli 2005
Format: Taschenbuch
I realized that I was a teenager since I last read some comics. But Barefoot Gen is no colorful Mickey Mouse or Asterix. Not everything is right with the world at the end of the book.
The story is painted in black strokes, the hardships of hunger and the cruelty of war, even before "the bomb". As this is part one in a series, this depicts Gen's life before and right when Little Boy exploded over Hiroshima in a very very moving way. And the cartoon form is no drawback, but simply a way to make it more real for the reader.
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HASH(0x923b0504) von 5 Sternen A literary atomic bomb in its impact 10. Mai 2003
Von F. Orion Pozo - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
This book tell what life was like in Hiroshima in the four months before the atomic bomb. It is actually the first of a series on the effects of war and the atomic bomb on the lives of one family as seen through the eyes of a 6 year old boy, Gen Nakaoka. Based on the real-life experiences of the author, this volume opens in April 1945 and tells of the hardships of war on the people of Japan.
Gen's father is a craftsman in Hiroshima who makes wooden sandles to try to feed his five children and his pregnant wife. He is labelled a traitor by his neighbors because he is opposed to the war. We see the cruelties and hardships of their daily lives through the eyes of young Gen who can't understand why he and his family are despised. The close family values of his home life are in sharp contrast to the rabid patriotic chauvenism of his community. This volume ends with the events of August 6, the day of the atomic bomb. The story of how Gen survives is told in the subsequent volumes.
The work has been well translated from the Japanese original: Hadashi no Gen. It was originally published in serial form in 1972 and 1973 in Shukan Shonen Jampu, the largest weekly comic magazine in Japan, with a circulation of over two million. The drawings are all in black and white. This US edition was published as part of a movement to translate the book into other languages and spread around the world its message of the threat of nuclear war. It is a wonderful testimony to the strength of the human spirit and the horrors of nuclear war. There are a few introductory essays at the front of the book and a publisher's note at the end that help to put this book into perspective. It is a powerful and tragic story that I highly recommend for anyone interested in the topic.
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HASH(0x923b090c) von 5 Sternen Barefoot Gen: graphic education with no excuses 13. April 2000
Von Don Christie - Veröffentlicht auf
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Nakazawa Keiji's "Hadashi no Gen", or "Barefoot Gen" as we read it, is a stark portrayal of the artist's experience before and after the bombing of Hiroshima. In Japan, in most if not all junior high schools, manga and toys are banned even today as distractions from study. Yet, Barefoot Gen won the praise of Educators in Japan immediately after it was published. This is perhaps the only manga, or graphic novel, which can be consitantly found on the shelves of school libraries in Japan.
It is not an "oh, woe is me" tale of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but rather a sharp and critical statement about both nuclear war and the Japanese expansionist empire in the first part of this century. Packed with fine details of Japanese life which are still obvious today, simple illustrations and direct text hold nothing back. What many readers may find awkward humour rattled with panic is scattered through the story, but that is a very accurate depiction of the Japanese social response mechanism to impossible situations.
The book is also a unique pop-culture portrayal of Japanese attitudes to 'gaijin', or foreigners living in Japan at the time, particularly Korean. Koreans were left without assistance by Japanese who considered them third class, and this book is unique to include that aspect in a text for youth. It is also sharply critical of an Empire's treatment of her people, while this empire still shadows Japanese life today. A truly remarkable book which should find a space on the shelves of youth and community libraries everywhere.
The simple language and graphics also make this book an excellent source for ESL readers.
Do yourself and your teenagers a favour and find copies of Barefoot Gen and the other books by Nakazawa which have been translated in this series (search for "The Day After", "Out of the Ashes" and others), then share them.
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HASH(0x923b0984) von 5 Sternen You may have to be brave enough to buy and own this book... 5. Mai 2004
Von Banshee - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
...which recalls all the gruesome and harrowing events that led up to the great, tragic bombing incident on Japan that FINALLY ended World War II for once and for all.
Nothing is held back. There is farting, bloody bowel movements, the baring of nipple to suckle an infant, maggots crawling through ravaged flesh, and burning corpses popping out of coffins to curl back like twigs. It's all raw and wide-open here.
But like all the greatest manga stories ever drawn and written, you will be hopelessly riveted all the way to the end as well as wanting to read it again and again to relive even the ugliest scenes ever to unfold on paper. For one of the most infamous pieces of Japanese history has been burned forever on the pages to be told and retold to the future generations yet to come. If they have strong hearts and stomaches for such a moving drama that the artist himself had unfortunately witnessed with his own young eyes.
But the grim story isn't without humor or some warmth that the heroic family shares and what's more, the characters are also well-drawn in the classic 1970s style with those bright, shining eyes, expressive mouths, and cute, chiseled noses.
In spite of all those masterful elements, the saddest of all true-to-life manga tales got to me so much that I don't know if I will ever own the series, let alone watch the anime, which I actually refused to see in the first place!
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HASH(0x923b0d14) von 5 Sternen A Manga version of Hiroshima in 1945 1. Januar 2005
Von Jill Malter - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
The author was six years old when an atomic bomb with the power of 13,500 tons of TNT exploded 1,850 feet above the center of Hiroshima, eight seconds after 8:16 on the morning of August 6, 1945. About a mile from this bomb, he survived just by luck.

About 400,000 people were in the Hiroshima area at the time. Of them, 232,000 are said to have died either directly from the bombing or, eventually, from radiation-induced illnesses.

Nakazawa eventually became a cartoonist and this book is the first in a Manga series that describes Hiroshima and his family before the bombing and afterwards. It is an extremely powerful look at a militaristic culture and the insanity of war.

I strongly recommend this amazing book. Matter of fact, I recommend the entire series.
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HASH(0x923b0e4c) von 5 Sternen Beautifully done 12. April 2005
Von R. Brown - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
"Hadashi no Gen" (Barefoot Gen) is a Japanese comic book series about a boy who has survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The book begins as Japan is in the midst of the war. Gen is a normal, active boy who is more preoccupied with his own friends and life than that of the larger world around him. This world, however, is turned upside-down by the horror of what happens on a clear day in August 1945. Gen is a strong boy who manages to maintain his sense of humor in the face of the most trying situations. You will cheer along with him. Whatever your take on the use of the bomb, this is a compelling read. Barefoot Gen nearly brought a tear to the eye of this often cynical reviewer.
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