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Letters from the End of the World: A Firsthand Account of the Bombing of Hiroshima

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A love story in the form of letters to the author's young wife, who died soon after the bombing of Hiroshima.
More than fifty years after the Second World War, the scars left by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima refuse to heal. This compelling account of one man's experience gives a human face to the events of August 6, 1945.
For a week after the bombing, the author, who was
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Paperback, 198 pages
Published November 9th 2001 by Kodansha (first published 1997)
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Candy
Feb 17, 2009 Candy rated it really liked it
Engrossing first hand account of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. This book was originally published in 1948, taken from a series of letters the author wrote to his wife who died 2 weeks after the blast. The author chronicals in detail his own experiences as well as those of all he met in those first crital days and weeks. Heart wrenching. I bought this book in Heroshima when I was there in December of 2008.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 26, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
This is a series of letters written by Toyofumi Ogura to his wife who, by that time, was dead from radiation sickness from the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. This was his way of working through his grief.


This is the type of book that at least some chapters should be used in high school history classes, and in college classes, to show young people some of the actual horrors of the results of an atomic bomb. Toyofumi did a lot of walking around Hiroshima, and the sights that he saw are
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Lindsay
Nov 08, 2007 Lindsay rated it liked it
An iteresting take on the bombing of Hiroshima. The reader is told the sotyr through love letters he writes to his dead wife. I alwasy like reading books about history that are from a narrative point of view, (not so "text book-y") and this book does the trick.
Wanda Kasmarzyk
Nov 13, 2008 Wanda Kasmarzyk rated it it was amazing
While I was in Hiroshima on vacation I saw firsthand how devastated the Atomic Bomb was. This is a true account of the day of the A-bomb and what happened. Fascinating book.
Choonyeefan
Aug 16, 2011 Choonyeefan rated it it was amazing
Lugubrious!

It almost moved me to tears. A true personal account of how life was immediately before and after the bombing. You have to read this book.
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Feb 20, 2015 Fermentum rated it it was amazing
Read this for RRC book club. We had a good discussion.
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Oct 23, 2007 Debbie rated it really liked it
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Brian and I read this for summer reading. Very moving.
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