Hiroshima Book Review Essay

887 Words Jan 20th, 2014 4 Pages
John Hersey's journalist narrative, Hiroshima focuses on the detonation of the atomic bomb, Little Boy, that dropped on the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Although over one hundred thousand people died in the dropping of the bomb, there were also several survivors. John Hersey travelled to Hiroshima to listen to the experiences of six survivors. Hersey uses his book to tell the story of six of these survivors (spanning from the morning the bomb fell to forty years later) through a compilation of interviews. Hiroshima demonstrates the vast damage and suffering inflicted on the Japanese that resulted from US deployment of the atomic bomb. And although depressing, humbling, and terrifying, this book was very good, interesting, and vivid; …show more content…
Not only does he have to witness, face, and mend the bloodied and injured hospital occupants but he has to do this all while suffering from a tremendous amount of fear, uncertainty, and shock from the explosion.
The horror does not stop after the initial recognition of the boom. Minutes after the bomb fire is spreading, the smoke is so thick it's hard to see, and of course, there are severely burned and wounded people just about anywhere you look. Our survivors spend the rest of their day helping and caring for other survivors, with absolutely no time to recover from what just happened. Whether that be running provisions to them, helping them find loved ones, or attempting to uncover them from the ruble- all the jobs were all equally forlorn.
Even after days, months, and years our six survivors struggle to get back to the life they once had before the terrible disaster. Through all the forty years after the explosion, they had to deal and cope with the terrible flashbacks of the bloodied bodies and corpses. They will had to deal with the empty space that was left in their hearts made by deaths and of many close family members; and although many family members didn't die immediately, many died in the months and years following. Also, the bombs did not spare much or any money, shelter, and provisions; meaning our survivors had to endure poverty and homelessness. The novel comes to a…

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