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Friday, August 05, 2005

Barefoot Gen

Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story Vol 1
Barefoot Gen
by Keiji Nakazawa
ISBN: 0867194502
284 pp
はだしのげん
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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