Fukuyama Middle School was an elite academy and was linked to eminent scholars. Ibuse spoke of this school as following Western ideals; in The First Half of My Life he said that the school emphasized Dutch learning and French military exercises. Ibuse was made fun of at this school; he even went so far as to avoid wearing glasses in an effort to avoid being ridiculed. In , Ibuse even wrote a letter to Ogai with the pseudonym Kuchiki Sansuke.
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When someone makes inquires about her, her uncle decides to copy his diary of the days after the bombing so that he can set the record straight about what the family went through.
Confession: I mooched and began to read Black Rain completely convinced that this was in fact The Ash Garden by Dennis Bock a book about one of the scientists involved in the making of the atomic bomb meeting one of the survivors from Hiroshima.
But anyway, I spend the first chapter of Black Rain being confused and waiting for the scientists to be mentioned. Then I realized my mistake, felt stupid, and began to read the book I actually had in my hands rather than the book I thought I did. Black Rain is not about the political or social implications of nuclear warfare. A lot of the story deals with the practical consequences of the war. What did people eat? How did they treat their burns after the bombing?
How did they react to seeing large chunks of their skin fall off? A lot of it is not for the faint of heart, but the writing style is as undramatic and subdued as it could possibly be. And I think this matter-of-factness made it even sadder. The sections set in the present deal in part with long-term consequences of radiation, and with how the lives of so many people were permanently changed. All three had checked the progress of the disease by taking care to always get plenty of food and rest.
Where the rest was concerned, however, it was not enough—nor was it tolerable for the patient himself—simply to lie in bed all day.
Unfortunately, it was out of the question for the head of the family, to all appearances in the best of health, to stroll idly through the village. This is something I actually associate with Japan. Normally I shy away from making generalizations of this kind about entire nations or cultures, but from what I know of Japanese literature and art in general admittedly not very much at all , I do get the impression that emotions tend to be expressed in more subtle ways than in the West.
Black Rain is actually not a depressing book. There are a lot of horrific things happening, but there are also moments of humour and beauty. It is a picture of the Japanese mind that tells more than many sociological studies. Yet more than this, it is a statement of a philosophy. Although that philosophy, in its essence, is neither pessimistic nor optimistic, it seems to be life-affirming. Dealing with the grimmest of subjects, the work is not, in the end, depressing, for the author is ultimately concerned with life rather than with death, and with an overall beauty and transcends ugliness of detail.
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Masuji Ibuse’s Black Rain: Summary & Analysis
Shizuma is a person that is intrigued by many things and likes to see what reaction people have from any action. Throughout the novel he feels the need to go to different parts of the city and surrounding communities in order to see the effects of the unknown bomb. Shizuma was not only interested in what happened to the people of the community but he was also interested in finding out what the weapon used was called and made out of. Something else that Mr.
Beautiful and horrifying. I think one hast to call Black Rain a documentary style novel. In order to write the book Ibuse has used real diaries and notes of victims and incorporated them in his book. Additionally the descriptions are so detailed and often matter-of-fact that the book reads in parts like a non-fiction account. She would like to get married but a marriage is endangered as there are rumours that she got in the Black Rain after the bombing of Hiroshima and suffers of radiation sickness. Shigematsu himself is afflicted by a mild form of radiation sickness which he tries to fight by eating as healthily as possible and with mild exercise and a lot of rest. At the beginning of the novel which starts a few months after the bombing, Yasuko shows no signs of sickness at all.
Apr 08, Mariel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: peninsulas Recommended to Mariel by: islands oookay, it was amazon! Sick birds hide their illnesses from other birds as well as from predators. The people in Black Rain with radiation sickness in Hiroshima might have taken their cue from birds It occured to me that the suspicion and paranoia were acting to shove them out as if they were already dead. The mushroom cloud Alice ate turned everything bigger and littler and Sick birds hide their illnesses from other birds as well as from predators. The mushroom cloud Alice ate turned everything bigger and littler and nothing made any sense.