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Hiroshiman poika, #1 (はだしのゲン (中公文庫―コミック版) #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,420 ratings  ·  200 reviews
This harrowing story of Hiroshima was one of the original Japanese manga series. New and unabridged, this is an all-new translation of the author's first-person experiences of Hiroshima and its aftermath, is a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people. Its emotions and experiences speak to children and adults everywhere. Volume one of this ten-part series det ...more
Paperback, 2. painos, 273 pages
Published 2006 by Jalava (first published 1973)
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Bruce
May 13, 2010 Bruce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a must-read for everyone
(detail from a panel of volume two, this is from p. 6 of 'Barefoot Gen - The Day After')
(Detail from a panel of volume two, this is from p. 6 of Barefoot Gen - The Day After)

It’s taken me a while since I finished the tenth and final volume of the Barefoot Gen series to write up a thorough review. It’s hard to say why, exactly, (the cause could simply be laziness) though I suspect the power of the subject matter has as much to do with it as anything else. Keiji Nakazawa, Gen’s author, was a 7 year old child living in Hiroshima when the first atomic weapon obliterated the city and ne
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James
Dec 11, 2007 James rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone/everyone. They're hard to find though.
My 6th grade teacher, Ms. Greenwood, had the Barefoot Gen series on a shelf in our classroom. I read all of these there. I now realize what a profoundly anti-war statement it was, leaving these books within the grasp of 12-year-olds--these are graphic novels about the bombing of Hiroshima, from the perspective of a young civilian boy who loses almost his entire family.

The books juxtapose cartoons and the trivialities of youth with the singularly gruesome, nightmarish truths of using nuclear weap
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Louise
Life in Hiroshima in the weeks leading up to the atomic bomb is depicted by cartoonist, Keiji Nakazawa. He created the 6 year old Gen as his alter ego to show the experience. The book climaxes with the bomb where Gen’s family experience follows that of the Nakazawa family as the author writes in his forwarding note.

The portrait shows a hard life in cruel situation. Hunger is the dominant theme. There is great conformity as people parrot their support for the emperor and the honor of dying for hi
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Nancy Yamaguchi
This graphic novel has been around a long time, but for some reason I only picked it up a couple of weeks ago. It is a chronicle of a child's life just before the bombing of Hiroshima. Soon after I picked up Barefoot Gen, the 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami hit Japan, and one of the nuclear power plants was damaged and began to vent radioactivity. Japan relies on nuclear power for a major chunk of its electric power. Nuclear power plays a major role partly because fossil energy sources are sc ...more
Veronika KaoruSaionji
Great manga!
Not very good art. And this is shonen - and very shonen-like, for young boys, not for adults. But... This is so strong anti-war manga!
This is story one family in Hiroshima during war. Father is animilitarist, he is sent briefly into prison and all family suffer because it. They are marked as "traitors". The children are bullied and the oldest, 17-years old Koji, is volunteer into army because it (for sake his family). Father hates him because it. And he then suffers in army. The oth
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Mariah
Wow...what an allusive ending *cough cough Lion king much*. So this short tale of Gen and his life as a young boy in pre radioactive Japan. Seeing all the little trails he has to go through all because his dad openly talks down the war. His emotions are well portrayed because the reader can seen that his emotions change to fit the needs of the situations. It's interesting to see how fast Gen can go from the tyrannical older brother for his little brother Shinji to defensive younger brother for h ...more
Anandaroop
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Jess
Sep 06, 2007 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
From Amazon: 'This harrowing story of Hiroshima was one of the original Japanese manga series. New and unabridged, this is an all-new translation of the author's first-person experiences of Hiroshima and its aftermath, is a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people. Its emotions and experiences speak to children and adults everywhere. Volume one of this ten-part series details the events leading up to and immediately following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.'

I read this book for a
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Elizabeth A
Oct 08, 2014 Elizabeth A rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Coursera
Shelves: 2014, graphix
From the book blurb: Barefoot Gen is the powerful, tragic, 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.

This is book one of a ten part series, and I am delighted that Project Gen has made English translations available.

Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of manga style comics, so have steered away from that whole section of graphic novels. Reading this book has changed my mind, and I plan to
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Ruel
4.5 stars.

Like Art Spiegelman's Maus, Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen uses the comics medium to bring horrible events alive on the printed page. Although I don't consider myself a manga fan, this story of civilian life in Hiroshima leading up to the dropping of the atomic bomb was captivating and gut-wrenching. There's an anti-war message that's almost too heavy-handed at times (perhaps something lost in the translation from the original Japanese?), but Barefoot Gen never fails to be an intriguing
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C
This left me feeling a bit sick and I'd suggest it is a book that is honest, and painfully real, and definitely not for the faint of heart. That said, I am grateful I stumbled across the recommendation to read it and decided to do so.

Nakazawa is a Hiroshima survivor and wrote this semi-autobiographical series to convey his experience and perspective. The forward of the book will tell you what you're going to see laid out as graphic novel, so it is not going to be a spoiler to explain he survive
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Anna
Autobiographical story of a boy growing up in Hiroshima before the A-bomb dropped. In the propaganda-driven ultra-nationalist madness of wartime Japan, Gen's family are reviled as traitors because of the boy's father's anti-war feelings. The family struggles with food shortages and a surprising degree of bullying from neighbours and officials, with parents and children facing several moral dilemmas right up until the bomb drops at the end of Volume 1. But the survivors' problems are far from ove ...more
Anthony
My roommate-now-housemate/longtime-friend-by-now recommended this book to me. It is a graphic novel depicting the life of a young boy growing up weeks before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The young boy's family did not support the war, and adopting such a stance within the city meant subjecting yourself to abuse from everyone else, since the Japanese government demanded that its citizens support the war effort. The first volume of this story takes you right up to the bomb dropping and ...more
Adam
I'm playing with Goodreads recommendations, so far … so fun. I haven't thought about "Barefoot Gen" for a long long time. A much older cousin gave me this to read when I was about ten years old, all I can say is that I was *too* young to read it.

I still remember parts of the story quite vividly. It's simply but powerful drawn, but the imagry was much too powerful and disturbing for me at that age. Several years of nightmares about nuclear mayhem followed. Now that I think about it, my nightmares
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Philippe Malzieu
A manga with Hirochima as subject. I didn't like manga. Generally the story was poor and pitcures hateworthy. And there is Jiro Tanigushi ("Distant neighboroud") and I discover that manga could be good graphic novel.
The interest of the book is that it shows the Japanese society completely militarized. The family of Gen is considered as pariats. They are not in the standard and are object of raggings. The bomb is going to upset these values.
It's good, but the drawing makes too manga. I do not l
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Joseph
About much more than the use of a nuclear bomb... It's simply impossibly hard to imagine what this story relates. At the same time, you are instantly dropped into this narrative that is distinct, comic, and so real that you can't turn away from it. It shows the insanity of the Japanese war effort---and the huge racial, ethnic differences the Japanese saw in its foreign enemies (Americans, Koreans---whom they enslaved, and the English). The madness and pride of Japan was really the surprising, ce ...more
Benjamin DeSalvo
The story begins in Hiroshima during the final months of World War II. Six-year old Gen Nakaoka and his family live in poverty and struggle to make ends meet, but Gen's father Daikichi urges them to "live like wheat", which always grows strong, despite being trod on. Daikichi is critical of the war, and when he shows up drunk to a mandatory combat drill and backtalks to his instructor, the Nakaokas are branded as traitors and subject to harassment and discrimination by their neighbors. To restor ...more
Basmah Al-Soli
الجزء الأول من سلسلة مكونة من أجزاء.. مؤلفها من الناجين من هيروشيما (كان عمره وقتها سنوات) يحكي فيها قصته الحقيقية، قصة عائلته، مدينته، وما رآه وعايشه من أحداث، أثنائها وبعدها

أنتج لهذه السلسلة فلم من أجزاء، انمي، أوبرا ....

كل ما أستطيع قوله: أنها تفطر القلب :" كل ماكنت أعرفه سابقاً: أن هناك قنبلة ذرية، ألقيت على مدينتين (هيروشيما وناقازاكي) فأبادت كل من فيهما.. لم أكن أعرف أصلاً أن هناك من نجا! معلومات كثيرة جديدة علي هنا

للمزيد عنها:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefoot...
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Anthony
Probably one of the most interesting books I've read. Great storytelling, it flows nicely & never does it get boring. Talking about a touchy subject like the A-bomb on Japan, the author makes the story even more interesting since it's based on his life. This is what real manga should be about; characters who you can kinda relate to, emotions wise & empathize w/. It's definitely a sad but touching story @ the same time, seeing Gen, main character try to grow up as a kid & face bullies ...more
Emrie
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Talyn
Any asshole from my country that has ever tweeted or posted a status update on FaceBook saying something along the lines of " _____ is karma for Pearl Harbor" should read this book.

You may argue that Japan was absolutely brutal towards its POWs and enemies, as seen in their ill treatment of Chinese and Koreans, the Rape of Nanking, and even their downplaying of the use of "comfort women" by their soldiers during WWII. Now that matters, but this story right here proves to you that not everyone w
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uh8myzen
I have to be clear about one thing before I begin. I do not usually read graphic novels or manga, so I really cannot speak to the quality of this book in a comparative manner. That said, this is something that everyone should read, even if you are not a fan of graphic novels or manga.

So often we talk about the numbers of people who died or who suffered long term effects from the bombing of Hiroshima, but numbers do not invoke empathy. Its through the memories of the individual survivors who wit
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Zoe
Wow. This is one of those books I am so glad to have read even though it has left me feeling almost ill. An autobiographical story about life in Hiroshima just before the atom bomb was dropped on it, ending with the day the bomb is dropped. So much to think about as a result of reading this - a library book I want to buy my own copy of now.
With lots of violence (I haven't read many japanese comics so I don't have any context for this), including domestic violence, lots of fighting by kids and be
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Lizzie
Knowing that the narrative of Barefoot Gen is based on the lived experiences of Nakazawa makes it an incredibly moving read. While Nakazawa's memories are brutal - especially the aftermath of the atomic bomb - the spirited character of Barefoot Gen provides a sense of hope for humanity. I appreciated learning so much about Japan during WWII. Most of what I know of the Pacific War has been from the perspective of Canadians and Americans, so it was interesting to read the experiences of a family i ...more
Rafaela Souza
Eu imaginava que o manga fosse triste porque toda guerra é triste, e os horrores que os civis de Hiroshima e Nagasaki exposto as bombas nucleares é estarrecedor e cruel.

O manga conta a história de Gen e sua família que mora em Hiroshima, o pai é contra a guerra e a família toda é perseguida por isso, o autor Keiji Nakazawa não economizou ao mostrar como a indústria da guerra nutria do fanatismo das pessoas ainda mais as pobres que se viam na obrigação de dar seus bens, seu tempo e seus filhos nu
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Danielle Morency
The art is more simple than recent manga, but this is due to the fact that this was written and illustrated decades ago. But the story is what is so important. And the fact that Keiji created the family and the everyday life of WWII Japan, spent real time in retelling the concerns of scraping together a meal for the family, staying true to one's beliefs despite war-mongering and propaganda... and then after most of the book is read through, the bomb is dropped on Hiroshima. I will definitely rea ...more
Jennifer
From a historical perspective, both of the history of World War II, and the progression of graphic storytelling, as well as as a wrenching autobiography Barefoot Gen, is indispensable. The last pages of Barefoot Gen, Vol. 1 are hard to read, and I'm amazed at Nakazawa's resilience as a human being, ability to find hope in the future, and courage in sharing his story, which needed (and needs) to be told.

However, it's difficult for me to rate my reading experience as a contemporary reader since p
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Damir
Originally assigned to me in an introduction to literature course, this graphic novel (perhaps manga is a more accurate term) has transformed from an assignment I avoided to a book that has earned my respect and stamp of approval. Following a family trying to survive in Hiroshima at the end of the Second World War, this book hits the mark by creating a connection to the reader with relatable characters and strong feelings of love between characters. This novel stands above other stories based on ...more
Jim Hemmingfield
Objectively reviewing and rating a book as important as Barefoot Gen is no easy task. I would unreservedly say that it is one of the most important works in the comic book canon. When all is said and done, it cannot really be ranked any lower than a five but that does not mean it is one of my personal favourite comics or one in which I do not see any failings in.

One of the major criticisms that could be leveled against it is Keiji Nakazawa's artwork, which often appears perfunctory and almost pr
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that cute little red-eyed kitten
This is so, so, so good. I'm a wreck. I just had no idea it would be this heart-wrenchingly, soul-suckingly, mind-fuckingly good. I do know a good deal about WW2 in Europe, especially the Holocaust and on the war on the Eastern front (Soviet Union). But very little about the Pacific region. I know it was hardcore. I've read a book (which is the most traumatizing book I've ever read) about "The Rape of Nanking". And of course I've heard about the Japanese generals, the Emperor, the militarism, th ...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 Two: The Day After
  • 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
Barefoot Gen, Volume Two: The Day After 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

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