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Barefoot Gen, Volume Two by Keiji Nakazawa
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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, trying to find help and help others, is tragic, but Gen was one of the few lucky survivors.

Gen was practically unharmed by the blast itself, though he does show signs of apparently mild radiation poisoning in this volume. Though his spirit is stomped down again and again, Gen continues to rise up and get stronger, just like his father taught him.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 16, 2009 – Finished Reading
January 17, 2009 – Shelved
January 17, 2009 – Shelved as: japanese
January 17, 2009 – Shelved as: manga
March 11, 2014 – Shelved as: wwii
March 11, 2014 – Shelved as: war
March 11, 2014 – Shelved as: survival
March 11, 2014 – Shelved as: starvation
March 11, 2014 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
March 11, 2014 – Shelved as: hiroshima

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