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Barefoot Gen, Volume Two: The Day After (はだしのゲン (中公文庫―コミック版) #2)

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Barefoot Gen's autobiographical story - author Keiji Nakazawa was only seven years old when the atomic bomb hit his hometown of Hiroshima - tells of ordinary people dealing with extraordinary situations, both in the last days of World War II and after the nuclear attack. Volume 1 told the story of the days before the dropping of the bomb; this entry describes the devastati ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Last Gasp of San Francisco (first published January 1984)
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This is a worthy sequel to Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima.

Through the experience of Gen you see the horror lived by the author and others when the bomb fell. There is death all around and the trials of the living are ghastly. There are gangs stealing what little food is is. People are desperate, but still maintain their pecking order.

This book demonstrates the ability of the graphic novel format to convey a powerful story.
An intense visual representation of the horrors the atomic bomb unleashed on Japanese citizens. Probably the most powerful book I have ever read on the devastating and inhumane effects of the atom bomb. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Barefoot Gen vol. 2 exceeds its amazing predecessor. This Japanese graphic novel focuses upon a WWII-era Hiroshima family's devastation after the explosion of the atomic bomb.

Nakazawa's illustrations are done in the very cartoony, old-school anime style. That's what makes it even more jarring to see the characters enduring unspeakable suffering. Don't be fooled by the cutsey character design and think you're in for an easy read. Think maggots crawling in open wounds, skin peeling off limbs, and
Tough to read, due to its graphic nature, but it's history. Important, living history.
Elizabeth A
Book blurb: Barefoot Gen's autobiographical story - author Keiji Nakazawa was only seven years old when the atomic bomb hit his hometown of Hiroshima - tells of ordinary people dealing with extraordinary situations, both in the last days of World War II and after the nuclear attack. Volume 1 told the story of the days before the dropping of the bomb; this entry describes the devastation and chaos following the blast.

This is book two of a ten part series targeted at a teen audience, and picks up
Goes without saying the second volume, The Day After, is just as grim as you might expect, taking place in the week or so following the bombing; follows Gen as he tries to piece together some semblance of survival for his mom and baby sister.

Interestingly, and frankly the reason I persist with this dark tale, the protagonist Gen is something of a Tom Sawyer-esque existential trickster, he is forced to inhabit an insane world, but plods forward with duty and street smarts, highlighting hypocrisi
Im zweiten Teil von Barefoot Gen wird das ganze Ausmaß der Zerstörung sichtbar, die Menschen wissen anfangs gar nicht, dass es eine Atombombe war, die über Hiroshima abgeworfen wurde, da sie nicht ausreichend informiert werden. Hiroshima gleicht einer Hölle, tausende Leichen müssen so schnell wie möglich entsorgt werden, dabei wird manchmal versehentlich ein noch lebender Mensch für tot gehalten und mitentsorgt. Es gelingt nicht, all die Verwundeten medizinsch zu versorgen, weil die Krankenhäuse ...more
Volume two picks up Gen's story immediately after the Hiroshima blast and accompanying fires have dispersed. Starting with the book's very first scene, we see that the main theme of the episodes collected here is the madness and psychological trauma left in the bombing's wake. In it, a naked man runs through the rubble shouting that he is a general, barking orders to non-existent soldiers. He is only the first. As Gen continues through the hellish landscape in search of food for his mother and i ...more
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Keiji Nakazawa survived the nuclear bomb and went on to turn his experiences in Barefoot Gen, a cartoon story history of Hiroshima. It is so moving. It seems to impress upon you the horror of that event as well as a deep sense that such horror can never be fully grasped by anyone who was not there. It was hell on earth. Quite simply. Every horror, every atrocity capable of being conceived was there, actually did happen, and to real people. The people with the skin melted from their faces, the sk ...more
Volume two of "Barefoot Gen" follows Gen from directly after the bombing of Hiroshima to what would seem to be a few days later. The scenes of the devastation and suffering in Hiroshima are very moving. And the general shortage of practically everything has pretty much reduced everyone to a grim struggle just to get by. For the most part, everyone that Gen encounters has either been horribly maimed by the bomb, lost most of their family, or is only concerned with their own survival and has no in ...more
Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen is incredible and terrifying. I think it should be required reading for students in high school. I'm not a big fan of required reading lists, but students today are so far from the history of WWII and the dropping of the bombs that it's difficult to understand not only what happened, but how affected people were by one another's actions. Barefoot Gen removes any possibility of someone not being able to identify with the horrors of using a nuclear weapon on a civilian comm ...more
Sep 16, 2007 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
From the cover: 'Barefoot Gen is the powerful, tragic, and autobiographical story of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath, seen through the eyes of the artist as a young boy growing up in Japan... Barefoot Gen serves as a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people.'

Barefoot Gen is a manga (Japanese graphic novel), and as such, has the power to illustrate ideas immediately. For me, the emotional effect is often stomach turning, as I see maggots crawling on the still-living and
Holy Shit! Keji Nakazawa doesnt pull any punches here. In fact, after this i kinda feel like youre aren qualifed to determine what "pulling punches" MEANS before reading this. That said the comic is rather one note, at times just piling horrendous situations on top of eachother. I also found that that the story reduced some people too monsters in a crude way that didnt gel with me (the Children at Gens mothers friends house).

Leaving at a posetive note, the story is compelling and hard hitting,
Emilia P
An improvement on the last one (which proves more necessary as a build up to this)... unsparing, unflinching, horrifying story of the immediate aftermath of the atomic bomb -- radiation sickness is one of those horrifying things that surpasses our ability to comprehend... and of course, it was graphic. So, there was that, and then having to deal with the death of half of their family and being treated poorly by everyone in surrounding villages. Could that really have been what it was like? I wan ...more
Rafaela Souza
O segundo volume continua perturbador retratando como Hiroshima ficou depois da bomba, um cemitério a céu aberto, com as pessoas enlouquecendo e lutando para sobreviver. A impressão que eu tive é que o governo japonês não enviou toda a ajuda possível, a luta de Gen para conseguir um pouco de arroz mostra como os sobreviventes estavam por sua própria conta.
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Follows our hero, Gen into the day after the bomb is dropped on Hiroshima.

Nakazawa-san sends Gen on various errands for his mother and others victims he tried to help. This is a great method for the reader to get an idea of what's going on in Hiroshima and the surrounding areas.

Everything Gen sees is, of course, heart rending. Nakazawa-san doesn't sugar-coat anything here, and the book is based on his real-life experience. The semi-autobiographical Gen's desperate plight of looking for food, tr
Brutal. In 1998, I walked around Hiroshima and Nagasaki, visiting the museums, contemplating paper cranes and bombs named after someone's mother. In Barefoot Gen, it takes me back to Hiroshima - and I go a little bit deeper in my understanding of the devastating impacts of war.
the story is so horrible and sad. I think the tragedy of the nuclear bomb is often overlooked or forgotten when we talk about the atrocities of the Holocaust. I've come to feel very connected to Gen and his mom and am hoping for more positive things to happen in the coming volumes.
I agree that this is a story that all should read...the tragedy is real on a personal level but the tragedy that was put in motion by both the Japanese and American societies at the time is also so well described. Volume two finds Gen continuing through the horrors of the bomb and battling with the total ignorance of Japanese on how to understand this new idea, that an entire city could be laid waste with a single bomb and how to deal with the illness from the incredible radiation. (Although it ...more
Sep 24, 2007 Dusty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all people
i read this book near the anniversary of hiroshima, the book seemed timely. it is a graphic novel from a series based on real experiences after the atomic bomb. there are some touchingly sad details in here, like how the survivors were rejected by people outside the city. and how the author's korean neighbor was turned away from every hospital he carried his father to. "we don't treat koreans." all the doctors said. but the book had courage and deep humor as well. gen, the main character, is the ...more
The author managed to communicate cataclysmic horror without overwhelming the reader.

I hope I would contribute beyond my family's self-preservation in the aftermath of a disaster.
What an enlightening story. The Day After is a follow up to the first volume in the series and it contains everything that happened directly after the atomic bomb (obviously). Well, Gen and his mother are struggling to survive and to feed the new addition to the family. Gen goes off on a lot of his own adventures and meets some interesting people, like the girl who has maggots coming out of her face! And the soldier who shits blood! What a great time this little boy has in a post apocalyptic wor ...more
One of the best examples of autobiographical graphic novels. It's also terrifying and stomach-churning. Although the art isn't too detailed during gruesome scenes, I wouldn't read it while eating.

I still haven't read Maus, but I loved Persepolis and Pyongyang. If you liked those, you might enjoy Barefoot Gen as well.
Volume II is, if anything, even more harrowing. The petty jealousy, bitterness and misunderstandings continue, even towards the survivors of the bomb.
From the Foreword by Barbara Reynolds of the Hiroshima World Friendship Center:
". . . this comic book was not written as entertainment but out of the author's desperate need to communicate to others what had happened, so that those of us who have never known war might understand-- and learn. It was not written for Americans, although we, of all people, most need to know about the atomic bomb and its effects."

"Just because human beings have always accepted war as a 'necessary evil' does not mean
A masterful continuation to Volume 1. The power of Nakazawa's narrative and graphics translate the reader to the loss and inhumane torture wrought by the bomb dropped in Hiroshima. Like many stories from holocaust survivors, it is based on a deeply personal account of the horrors experienced by a group of people in a place closely resembling hell. The extent of the devastation is almost beyond the sane imagination, and the loss is more that may be borne. If it may be thus worded, the author eleg ...more
Ali S.
This was a really good book. The author, Keiji Nakazawa, did a really good job showing his readers what he saw and what it was like the day after the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. He describes walking through Hiroshima and catching one of the boats full of the sick and injured to an island town off the coast. It's very profound but also very graphic and parts of it are a bit disturbing, but hey, it's the day after. How could it not be? Overall, though, I really liked it and would recommend it t ...more
Mateo 709
i am not as suprised at the amount of despair in this book compared to the first one, but this book also brings tons of new horrors and violent descriptions. i think that this book and this sires is a real eye opener and i think that everyone that can should read it because it showed how the choices of the americans destroyed the lives of these people and am very upset that some people believe that only one side is bad because if ether side didn't want the war then there would have been no war y ...more
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He was born in Hiroshima and was in the city when it was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945. All of his family members who had not evacuated died as a result of the explosion after they became trapped under the debris of their house, except for his mother, as well as an infant sister who died several weeks afterward. In 1961, Nakazawa moved to Tokyo to become a full-time cartoonist, and produced ...more
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Other Books in the Series

はだしのゲン (中公文庫―コミック版) (7 books)
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Three: Life After the Bomb
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Four: Out of the Ashes
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Five: The Never-Ending War (Paperback)
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Six: Writing the Truth
  • Barefoot Gen, Volume Seven: Bones into Dust

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