Brandy's Reviews > Barefoot Gen, Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima

Barefoot Gen, Volume One by Keiji Nakazawa
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Dec 28, 07

bookshelves: 2007reads, comics, historical, library, teen, 2013
Read in December, 2007

I don't know what there is to say about this book that isn't obvious--the horrors and trials of war, the looming tragedy, the unreality of the city after the bomb. And it's good. A little slapstick-y and cartoony at times, but I find that with most manga. Maybe that's a cultural thing, but it doesn't really work for me to be reading a serious story and then have these cartoony moments; it's jarring and doesn't fit with the rest of the work. Anyway, those parts didn't really work for me, but the rest of the book is good.
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