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Barfuß Durch Hiroshima 01. Kinder Des Krieges (はだしのゲン (中公文庫―コミック版) #1)

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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
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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...more
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...more
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
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...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...more
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
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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...more
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...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 ١٠ أجزاء.. مؤلفها من الناجين من هيروشيما (كان عمره وقتها ٦ سنوات) يحكي فيها قصته الحقيقية، قصة عائلته، مدينته، وما رآه وعايشه من أحداث، أثنائها وبعدها

أنتج لهذه السلسلة فلم من ٣ 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:
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
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
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...more
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
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
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
Shelly - The Illustrated Librarian -
Keiji Nakazawa, the author, is a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. I saw him in the HBO documentary film, White Light / Black Rain. I'd heard of Barefoot Gen before, but had never read it. After listening to Nakazawa-san speak of his experience, I couldn't wait to read this manga.

The book did not disappoint. I expected to be, and I was, deeply moved by the plight of the victims of the bomb. The characters we meet are well-formed--representing groups of people (fanatical patriots, brainwashed...more
Im ersten Teil von "Barefoot Gen" gehts vor allem darum, wie sehr die japanische Bevölkerung durch die Kriegsideologien des Kaisers Hirohito und des Militärs beeinflusst wurde. Koreaner, die zwangsweise nach Japan übersiedelt wurden, um für Japan zu kämpfen, sah man als minderwertig an, ebenso Chinesen, denen man das eigene Land streitig machen wollte, da sie seiner nicht würdig seien. Alles in Japan rüstete zum Krieg und diejenigen in der Bevölkerung, die sich gegen dieses Kriegstreiben stellte...more
Another book that demonstrates the power of graphic books. The somewhat antic style of manga pulls you into a moving and tragic story of a Hiroshima family during World War II. Throughout the book you get to know the Nakaoka family, led by a father who courageously rejects the jingoistic, war-crazed, mind-controlled society that demands that its people, especially its young, sacrifice all for the sake of the Imperial family and wealthy class who benefit from war. The family suffers for the fathe...more
Every now and then I come across a book that I wish was required reading when I was in high school; in my estimation Barefoot Gen: Vol 1 is one of those books. Barefoot Gen is the first hand account of the author's, Keiji Nakazawa, experiences of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Nakazawa is certainly a competent illustrator, but more importantly it's the story he tells through his panels that makes the this personal re-telling of history so compelling.

Most of the first volume takes place we...more
Jesse Field
"No matter how often you're stepped on, grow up tall and strong, through the wind and snow."

-- Gen's mother

Nakazawa takes us into an ordinary urban Japanese neighborhood in the summer of 1945. As Japan loses the war, everyone becomes more anxious, and families are ripped apart as young ones are sent to the countryside, older sons are all drafted into suicidal service, and all food and money become scarce. And yet, anti-war feelings are rare in what is now a police state, making the protagonist's...more
Sep 05, 2008 Joseph rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who believe comics are a form of literature and anti-nuclear warriors
This is a powerful book. Although I have a "graphic novel" shelf I consider this to be up there with classic works of perseverence, hardship, and understanding like "Johnny Got His Gun", "The Grapes of Wrath", and "The Autobiography of Malcom X". I bought this at a comic book store in Boston back in '00, and everytime I re-read it, it re-enforces my anti-nuclear war beliefs. This book gives an account of the author's life growing up in imperial Japan and after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima an...more
George Polley
am awed by this book, which I purchased after having watched a documentary recently about the author and his “Gen” novels on Japan’s public television station (NHK).
First published in serial form in 1972 and 1973 “Barefoot Gen”, which opens in April 1945, tells the story of what life was like in Hiroshima before the atomic bomb was dropped, and ends in its aftermath. Almost more than any other book, Keiji Nakazawa’s manga (cartoon) masterpiece is a novel of resourcefulness at a time when Japan...more
This volume is mainly devoted to the everyday life of the title character's family in wartime Hiroshima. Gen's father is opposed to the war, which leads to constant conflict with their neighbors who bleieve the government propaganda, and support the war. The atomic bombing does not occur until near the end of the book, by which time we've gotten to know the family and their situation. At times the translation is clunky, with stilted, unnatural dialogue, but the overall story remains powerful. Th...more
Seth E
Although this book is extremely sad and made me want to explode into tears at some points, this book in one of the only graphic novels that had me at the beginning and didn't let me put the book down. I do think that every once in a while there were places were the author could have made a little bit more sense and where the illustrator could have drawn out the picture a better way. But I think It is a great book that everybody should read.
The book is about a familie that lives in Hiroshima Japa...more
Through art and words, Keiji Nakazawa deals with his experience of the bombing of Hiroshima. Through the young boy Gen, we see a glimpse into Japan at the end of WW2. We can see the rampant nationalism that brainwashes the common people and promotes their suffering. We also see, in this first volume, the build up and arrogance that lead to the bombing of Hiroshima with the first use of an atomic weapon against another nation.

I picked this book up on the recommendation of the people at The Beguil...more
Gen Nakaoka and his family live in Hiroshima during the privations of the end of World War II. His father is what one might call a militant pacifist, which tends to get the family into trouble, but Gen and his little brother Shinji are adept at dealing with the issues that come up, including by biting the chairman's son's fingertips off. Lots of slapping and punching happen as various members of the family defend their reputation against neighbors who would call them "traitors." Gen's older brot...more
Colin Darby
I recently finished "Coup d'Etat," by Harry Turtledove. I liked it, but felt deeply dissatisfied after. It was junk food. There's no better way to describe it.

"Barefoot Gen" is not junk food. Volume 1 was the most intense and visceral thing that I have read in quite some time. I could not put it down, despite the mounting sense of dread that comes with reading a book that you know culminates in an atomic bomb. When the bomb hits, it's even worse than expected.

Despite this, I would not recommend...more
This is cartoon (Manga) book, describing the real life experiences of a Japanese boy in Hiroshima before, during, and immediately after the atomic bombing.

Much of the book takes place before the atomic bombing. Gen's father is anti-war, and the family suffers for this. In addition, there is widespread deprivation, lack of food, and danger from American (conventional bombings). The family is separated at times, often lacks for food and other basic supplies. Gen's older brother volunteers to be a...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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