: Black Rain (Japan’s Modern Writers) (): Masuji Ibuse, John Bester: Books. (Black Rain ) The importance of the name of the bomb may seem ineffectual, but he seems to dwell on finding out what caused this type of destruction. Masuji Ibuse’s classic novel “Black Rain” takes readers into the everyday lives of a family poisoned by radiation sickness. The narrative.

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The story’s main characters are Shigematsu Shizuma a manager at a clothing manufacturing planthis niece Yasuko, and wife Shigeko. This more than anything else, it seems to me, is his Japan: The whole story is told from the eyes and thoughts of the main character Mr. The ending to blafk novel was satisfactory because the end of the war was a good place to end the novel.

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It is through this device that the story of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima is told. Oct 09, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: Who cared, after all, which side won? Thundery black clouds had borne down on us from the direction of the city, and the rain from them had fallen in streaks the thickness of a fountain pen.

People were hlack of each other.

Masuji Ibuse’s Black Rain: Summary & Analysis

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You’d think that after this massive thing like ihuse atomic bomb people would remember how bad it was and feel bad for the people who had it? This page was last edited on 19 Septemberat This section needs expansion.


It was very different from ibuwe, for sure. Bigger things are revealed gradually to readers, each thing more devastating than the next. Books by Masuji Ibuse.

Refresh and try again. Recommended to Mariel by: Ibuse went as far as to pawn a watch to try to understand the necessities of writers. HiroshimaJapan. Regarded as one of the best novels ever ibjse about the bombing, Black Rain deals with the tragedy with a delicate frankness. We are fortunate that the early half of the Twentieth Century gave us small glimpses of Hell Shizuma is a person that is intrigued by many things and likes to see what reaction people have from any action.

View all 3 comments. Like the feeling of yelling “Don’t go in there!

Black Rain

I feel like it has taken me a very long time to get through this book. Naked blackened figures face down in the street, literally melted into the asphalt. To think that humankind has done this to each other in the past, and knowing what happened, keeps the possibility for the future.

But is it the balm of tradition itself which created the war? I felt a wave of searing heat.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I wonder if it wasn’t an oil bomb they dropped, then? Which side is true? I loved about Black Rain that it was all the way through, inside and out.

Such was the power of the state. So I will conclude my criticism of style by reiterating that the novel is incredibly moving and structurally well-written despite the hindrances of detail and hyper-punctuation.

Black Rain by Masuji Ibuse

However much we may condemn what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki we should also be thankful, surely One of Ibuse’s first contributions was for the magazine Seiki, it was originally written for Aoki in and titled The Salamanderin it was renamed Confinement. These are images that have entered our communal imagination Is there a way to describe Black Rain as anything other than Zen? Within the main story, Ibuse includes excerpts from several different characters’ diaries.


Ibuse’s focus on Shigemura and his family focuses and shapes this account of massive suffering as he juxtaposes it with simple daily concerns and hopes. Ibuse employs the method of a “story within a story” to describe the events of the day of and immediately following the bombing, while also revealing the longer-term effects. He is direct and compassionate in his storytelling, both acknowledging with frankness the atrocity of the bombing and creating wholly believeable characters with whom we can empathize.

Only in Japan could the dropping of the atomic bomb be written about in the same even tone as the stocking of fish in the local lake. This should be a required reading, blacm for anyone having any raain to or any influence over the nuclear button.

Biuse you can’t read it as fiction, you read it as non-fiction, no matter how Ibuse labeled it. The only prescribed medication was plenty of rest. If you’re not sure how to activate it, please refer to this site: Aug 24, Caro the L.

The nuclear bomb at the time was an unknown entity, a completely new weapon.

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