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The Bells of Nagasaki
by Takashi Nagai, William Johnston | Biographies & Memoirs
Registered by SKingList of New York City, New York USA on 12/31/2005
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by pazyryk): to be read


32 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Saturday, December 31, 2005

This book has not been rated.

Second copy for the international ray. See additional thoughts.

" A vivid first-hand account of the nuclear destruction of Nagasaki....The testament of one of the most remarkable men in postwar Japan." Bloomsbury Review 


Journal Entry 2 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Monday, January 02, 2006

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Photo: The Bell of Nagasaki in Peace Park, not explicitly tied in with the Bells as Nagai uses them, but connected nonetheless.

Ray Order as of 8 Jan 2006:
[Always open, new participants will be added as they fit, may not be accepted if shipping preferences can't be matched.]

SKingList - Osaka, Japan
totoroandmei - Fukuoka, Japan (Ship Anywhere)
jessicaloveyou - Singapore (Ship Anywhere)
AmberC - Darwin, Australia (Australia Only)
Sabavana - Sydney, Australia (Can post overseas)
hunnyb - NSW (Ship Anywhere)
c-a-m - NSW (Australia Only)
-Bodhi- - NSW (Anywhere OK)
Calissa - ACT (Australia Only)
Crystaljade - QLD (Australia Only)
elisabethlily - QLD (Aus Only)
gabbysmum - QLD (Ship Anywhere)
Aussie-Rose - SA (Aus Only)
Arrietty - Adelaide (Post Anywhere, including other planets!) :)

bluefenix211 - Brunei - (Ship Anywhere)

Stoxasths - Greece (Ship ??)
Drusillamac - Scotland (Ship Anywhere)
ScottishHoosier - Scotland (Ship Anywhere)
Boirina - Portugal
Sternschnuppe28 - Germany (Ship Anywhere)
Fifna - Netherlands (Ship Anywhere)

sqdancer - Alberta, Canada (Ship Anywhere)
SqueakyChu - USA (US Only)
fsr44 - Rhode Island, US (Ship Anywhere)
Rrrcaron - New Hampshire (Ship Anywhere)
cinnycat - NY USA
Bug2004 - Omaha, Nebraska (US Ship)
msjoanna - US (US Only)

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ADDED August 2008
Laevina - US (Shipping Unknown)
Erishkigal - US (Int'l OK)
Bluemchenblatt - France (Int'l Surface OK)
Girandola - Italy (Int'l OK)
quak - Germany (Int'l OK)
pazyryk - Portugal (Int'l OK)
jaffacake - UK (shipping unknown)
kirstykat - UK (int'l OK)

Ideally I'd like this book NOT to be wild released, I find it 'too good' to risk being thrown away but I also know that once it's out of my hands, so is the decision. But if the last person could either pass it on to other BCers or PC it, that would be great. If not, oh well, the book will have gone far before then.

ETA 1 March: Australia 'fixed' so it's in some logical order now.

Removed/Skipped:

-Megi53 - Virginia, USA (Per Request)
star1978 - ACT, Aus (Per Request)
conversasdecafe - Portugal (Per Request)
Joanthro - Colorado, USA (Per Request)
Dospescados - NY, USA (Unable to reach) 


Journal Entry 3 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Tuesday, January 03, 2006

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I thought it went without saying, but it's been suggested that I mention that this book is definitely pro-peace and anti-nuclear weapons and that the author is a Christian.

You can see some detailed thoughts here if you want, and there will be more coming when I finish my write-up of the trip to Nagasaki.

This photo is the ruins of Nagasaki Hospital/College of Medicine, from a postcard set I got while in Nagasaki. I'd have liked for it to travel with the book but I know it will become an issue when the ring hits the States, plus I only have one copy and I'd like to keep it so this is my way of sharing it.

Edit 8 Jan 2006:
Photos from the trip to Nagasaki and a writ e up of my thoughts. I feel like I have more to say but it's bouncing around the head and not coming out in coherent sentences! 


Journal Entry 4 by SKingList at bookring in bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 04, 2006

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Released 11 yrs ago (1/4/2006 UTC) at bookring in bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

Headed off to totoroandmei tomorrow in the company of three other books. It's going sasshi
kotsuzumi, so I'm not entirely sure how long it will take, not more than a few days I'd imagine. Happy travels little book.

The BCID is currently written on the outside of the book's wrapping paper. I don't care if it gets handwritten in or if someone wants to label the book, I just thought it was too pretty to unwrap! 


Journal Entry 5 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Saturday, January 07, 2006

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Thanks SKingList. I got your package of books today and was surprised to find a brand new book all wrapped up. I had some laminating paper and since this book has a long journey I decided to cover it.

I have been wanting to borrow this book from the library and read it for awhile but never got around to it. I am thankful that you started this book ray. Finishing up another book so hope to start on this in a couple of days.

I am sure that I will want to take abother trip to Nagasaki after I am done with this book. 


Journal Entry 6 by totoroandmei from Fukuoka / 福岡市, Fukuoka-ken Japan on Friday, January 13, 2006

10 out of 10

Moving... Six years in Japan and I finally have gotten around to reading this book. Will write more on it later but I want to send it on its way first. It was mailed to Singapore on January 17th. 


Journal Entry 7 by jessicaloveyou on Tuesday, January 24, 2006

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i've received the book 


Journal Entry 8 by jessicaloveyou on Friday, February 10, 2006

8 out of 10

i've read the book.it's such an amazing book.the dedication and strength of the medical workers amazed me.i give them my utmost respect.the scientific and medical details in the book is really informative.however,they can be mildly disgusting at times.but i absolutely love this book.thanks for sending me the book!i'm going to send the book to amberc within the week. 


Journal Entry 9 by jessicaloveyou on Friday, March 03, 2006

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i've sent this book to amberc. 


Journal Entry 10 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Sunday, March 12, 2006

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one of 13!!! books received today. I will read it ASAP. 


Journal Entry 11 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Thursday, March 30, 2006

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A moving, personal look at the dropping of the atomic bomb.

i have to agree with the prayer of the people of Nagasaki..."Grant that Nagasaki may be the last atomic wilderness in the history of the world."

posting to Sabavana this afternoon. thankyou for sharing this book SKingList 


Journal Entry 12 by Sabavana from Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, April 05, 2006

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Received safely... thanks! This book sounds really good, I'll be starting to read it tonight. 


Journal Entry 13 by Sabavana from Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales Australia on Friday, April 07, 2006

7 out of 10

I finished this book in one sitting last night, it was extremely readable. I learnt alot about atomic bombs, and also about the war in general (I neer studied history at school so I don't know alot about that kinda stuff). I found it particularly interesting to read the conversations about what they thought had happened, and the science behind it.
That being said, it could have had a lot more detail in it. Maybe I say that because I don't already know alot about this event in history, but I felt that I wanted to know more than what Nagai was writing about.
A great book, thanks to SKingList for sharing! I'll PM hunnyb now and post off ASAP. 


Journal Entry 14 by Sabavana from Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, April 11, 2006

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Posted to hunnyb 11/04/06 - enjoy :-) 


Journal Entry 15 by hunnyb from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, April 13, 2006

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Received today. Thanks SKingList for sharing this. 


Journal Entry 16 by hunnyb from Sydney, New South Wales Australia on Friday, April 21, 2006

8 out of 10

A rather harrowing but very worthwhile read. It's a great testament to the genorosity and bravery of humans in terrible times. It's inspired me to read more about WW2 in general, and not to make judgements about those times rashly. Thanks again for sharing this SKingList, I'll send it onto c-a-m. 


Journal Entry 17 by ATM-325045 on Monday, May 01, 2006

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Rec'd from hunnyb via mail today. thankyou. :D 


Journal Entry 18 by ATM-325045 on Thursday, July 13, 2006

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Ugh.
Sorry i had this for way too long.
Ive been diagnosed with chronic cholecystitis and am usually in pain.

Just emailing the next person on the list now.

Cas 


Journal Entry 19 by -Bodhi- from Jannali, New South Wales Australia on Thursday, August 10, 2006

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I got this in the mail today. Thanks c-a-m, I will send some positive vibes your way for a speedy cure. 


Journal Entry 20 by -Bodhi- from Jannali, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, August 20, 2006

9 out of 10

Like Sabavana I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. I just happened to be visiting a Buddhist temple for a meditation weekend and I thought it would be a good book to take. It certainly gave me a lot to meditate on. It was fascinating to read a first hand account of the events from a scientist with an analytical mind. I admit to not knowing much about the event. I did Ancient History in school as I have a total abhorrance of war and couldnt stomach learning about recent battles. This was the first account of war that I could bring myself to read and I admit to it being quite an emotional experience. The bravery and compassion of the doctor and his surviving team served as stark contrast to the incredibly inhumane minds behind the decision to drop the bombs.

Have PMed star1978 as the next on the ring.

** Hope your condition has improved c-a-m :) 


Journal Entry 21 by -Bodhi- from Jannali, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, September 03, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Star1978 asked to be skipped so I am sending this off to Calissa today. 


Journal Entry 22 by Calissa from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Wednesday, September 06, 2006

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Arrived safe and sound today. 


Journal Entry 23 by Calissa from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Sunday, September 10, 2006

10 out of 10

The hardest thing to swallow about this book is that it's a true story. Which is not to say that I don't believe it happened, only that it is appalling and surreal that such a thing truly has happened.

You could tell that it was written by a scientist. Aside from all the scientific explanation, the emotion was really pared back, although underlying at all times. There was a part of me that wanted more emotion, but I think it's ultimately better this way. More respectful.

Perhaps it was a result of that paring back of emotion, but the matter-of-factness it portrayed in the way people focussed on getting on with life and survival impressed me. It was inspiring to see the daily drive to do your best be amplifed by the urge to survive and to help others survive.

You can see how writing the book (or perhaps the thoughts leading up to the writing of the book) was a way for the author to make sense of what happened. I think it is a book that holds much wisdom, regardless of religion.

Peace. 


Journal Entry 24 by Calissa from Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Australia on Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Forgot to say I posted this off on Wednesday. Should arrive any day now. 


Journal Entry 25 by Crystaljade from Hervey Bay, Queensland Australia on Thursday, September 21, 2006

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Arrived Tuesday, but I've been dodging painters so this is the first chance I've had to get to the library to journal it. I've alredy finished it, had a great chance today while the painters where painting inside my house.....I spent most of the day sitting in the shade reading hehehe.

This is a wonderful book. I agree with the sentiment from The Times written on the front..."A book everyone should read." As a nursing student, I found the courage of the medics something to be proud of, and the clinical details of the sickness very interesting. As a human being, I found it tragic and shameful that some humans felt it necessary to do this to other humans.

Will get the address for the next person, and post ASAP.

 


Journal Entry 26 by elisabethlily from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Saturday, October 14, 2006

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Received in the mail on Friday- many thanks! 


Journal Entry 27 by elisabethlily from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, November 05, 2006

6 out of 10

I found this little book interesting and thought-provoking. I have been to the peace museum in Hiroshima, so the contents weren't totally surprising, but reading this book did make me stop and think of bigger things.....

Thanks to everyone for the success of this bookray, it will be sent to Gabbysmum tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 28 by gabbysmum from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Friday, November 10, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Received this wednesday but real life got in the way,looking forward to reading this one. 


Journal Entry 29 by gabbysmum from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, December 10, 2006

8 out of 10

I was very impressed with this little book.It may be small but it has alot to say.

The medico's were just incredible,working in one of the most horrid conditions and themselves sick/grieving for lost collegues or loved ones in a senseless act of mass murder of innocents.

Everyone needs to read this so it will never happen again. 


Journal Entry 30 by gabbysmum at Bookring Controlled Release in Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, December 10, 2006

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Released 10 yrs ago (12/10/2006 UTC) at Bookring Controlled Release in Controlled Release, --by post or by hand (ie ring, ray, RABCK, trade) -- Controlled Releases

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

RELEASE NOTES:

On its way to the next person. 


Journal Entry 31 by aussie-rose from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Thursday, December 14, 2006

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This book just snuck in under the wire! It arrived yesterday and I'm going on holidays today! I'll take it with me and try to get it read within the month. I have another book I must finish first and due to going away for Christmas and the summer holidays, life is a little topsy-turvy. I'll do my best! :-) 


Journal Entry 32 by aussie-rose from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Saturday, January 13, 2007

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What a moving and interesting story! it was very interesting to have such a detailed (and sad) account from someone at 'ground zero' of the Nagasaki blast and to get such a detailed description of the effects of the blast on the people and builings and also the natural surrounds.

It's heartbreaking to hear of the human toll of this act of madness. The author's outlook and philosophical and religious thoughts are quite profound and moving.

I finished it a few days ago but as I am on holidays I my internet access has been very sporadic. I'll contact Arrietty and pass it on to her ASAP. Thanks for sharing this book with us all SKingList! 


Journal Entry 33 by Arrietty from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Saturday, January 20, 2007

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Arrived in the mail this week and won't take me long to read. Looking forward to it as I've read the reviews on this bookring and I know that it is an important book.
thanks Skinglist for starting the ring. 


Journal Entry 34 by Arrietty from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Saturday, February 10, 2007

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Finished this book a while ago and was waiting a response from bluefenix211 about postal address. Unfortunately I have had no response. Will try again or bypass and go to next person on list.

I found this book very touching and disturbing. Not only was it a first hand eye-witness account of a terrible atrocity told in a formal way, it also had so many personal touches like when the author mentions some of the victims not just as statistics but as people he's known with funny little nicknames. Interesting how shortly after the devastation, the author and his colleagues were still very patriotic and humiliated by Japan's defeat.

Thanks for sharing skinglist. 


Journal Entry 35 by Arrietty from Adelaide, South Australia Australia on Sunday, February 25, 2007

This book has not been rated.

This is being posted over to Greece tomorrow bypassing Stoxasths who has not responded. 


Journal Entry 36 by Stoxasths on Tuesday, March 13, 2007

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The book just arrived. I will start reading it soon 


Journal Entry 37 by Drusillamac from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, July 30, 2007

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This arrived in the post this morning. At the moment I am trying to give up bookrings/rays but I want to give this a bash. If I haven't finished it in the next few weeks I'll send it onto the next reader.

Many thanks to SKingList and Stoxasths for sharing. 


Journal Entry 38 by Drusillamac from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, August 16, 2007

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I''m afraid this book has caught me in a reading slump. With that in mind I am going to pass it onto the next reader. Thanks to SKinglist for letting me take part. 


Journal Entry 39 by Drusillamac from Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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Sorry for holding onto this book for so long. I posted it to ScottishHoosier this morning. 


Journal Entry 40 by ScottishHoosier on Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Came with the post this morning. I wasn't in, but it was slim enough to fit in through the letter box.

Big thanks to SKingList for sharing and Drusillamac for sending it on! 


Journal Entry 41 by ScottishHoosier on Thursday, September 27, 2007

8 out of 10

I perhaps had expectations on this book, having read "Hiroshima", which is a shame. Maybe I would have got more from this book if I hadn't read another. Still, it is important to read this book, as it gives a first-hand perspective of what happened when the bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. There are thousands of nuclear bombs out there, and I hope they are never, ever used again.

I suppose I wished the book was longer, told more of Nagai's struggle beyond a few days after the bombing. He suddenly becomes rather detached and speaks much further in time from when the bomb was dropped. One thing I learnt from this book, was how Christian Nagasaki was. I wonder if that is still true. I will also look up the martyrs of Nagasaki, which Nagai mentions several times in the book.

May we never see such suffering again.

conversasdecafe asked to be skipped, but I already have boirina's address. I will try to send it off tomorrow. 


Journal Entry 42 by SKingList from New York City, New York USA on Thursday, September 27, 2007

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yep, Nagasaki is still quite Christian compared with the rest of Japan and the story of the martyrs is quite fascinating.

Here is my blog post from my trip to Nagasaki. Wonderful experience.

/ringjack 


Journal Entry 43 by ScottishHoosier on Friday, September 28, 2007

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Sending off to boirina - enjoy! 


Journal Entry 44 by boirina from Calvià, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Tuesday, October 02, 2007

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The book got here safely today.

Thanks! 


Journal Entry 45 by boirina from Calvià, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Wednesday, November 07, 2007

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The book is on its way to Sternschnuppe28.

It's a moving story. Really. 


Journal Entry 46 by Sternschnuppe28 from Flörsheim am Main, Hessen Germany on Friday, November 09, 2007

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Just received today - thanks! 


Journal Entry 47 by Sternschnuppe28 from Flörsheim am Main, Hessen Germany on Sunday, November 18, 2007

5 out of 10

Well, I did not like the book, although it is an impressive account of what had happened in Nagasaki in August 1945 and afterwards. The foreword was especially pathetic, later the style and the way events were told did not find my sympathy. I certainly agree with most readers that the book is an important antiwar-lecture.

"The bells of Nagasaki" already continued travelling to the Netherlands last Monday. 


Journal Entry 48 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, November 18, 2007

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The book arrived here safely, thanks Sternschuppe28 and thank you for the postcard! 


Journal Entry 49 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, December 02, 2007

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A moving book and a very worthwhile read. I've read a fair amount about the Second World War, but this was the first from this perspective, certainly as a first-hand account. Very interesting indeed, thanks you for sharing, SKingList!
Will PM sqdancer for an address. 


Journal Entry 50 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, December 14, 2007

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Sent off to sqdancer today! 


Journal Entry 51 by sqdancer on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

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Received safe and sound.
 


Journal Entry 52 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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I received the book today. Thank you, sqdancer, for sending it to me from Canada and, SKingList, for sharing it with me.

I'm a bit overwhelmed with books now, but bear with me because I will read this book and care for it gently. Then I'll send it on when I'm done.

I'm greatly honored to be in possession of such a well-traveled book. 


Journal Entry 53 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, June 07, 2008

8 out of 10

SKingList, thanks for sharing this book with me. It was a sad but worthwhile read. Having been born in 1947, I only know of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki from history. It was eye-opening and heart-rending to read this first-person account.

I, personally, never see an end to war in our world. There are too many forces which cause it which are beyond an individual's control. I think that the religious ideas of the author, while being faith-based and sincere, are naive (thinking that being faithful to one true religion will prevent future war).

I was more interested in reading about the medical cures and treatments that the author offered victims of radioactive diseases and conditions. He mentioned such things as mineral water baths or even injecting 2 ml of human blood into a victim for "blood shock". He spoke of injecting vitamin B and grape sugar to treat nausea. He found that drinking sake or eating animal liver were also good treatments. In addition, he found that recuperation at home was of utmost importance. That was good for me to hear - as I'm a home health care nurse! :)

The book is now on its way to fsr44 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

ETA: 11/4/09 - This book is #91 on BookCrossing's list of 100 Most Travelled Books


Journal Entry 54 by wingfsr44wing from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Thursday, June 12, 2008

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Received today from SqueakyChu. Wow, this little book has certainly been on quite a trip! I look forward to reading it. I have one book ahead of it, and then I'll speed it on to the next participant so it may continue its journey. 


Journal Entry 55 by wingfsr44wing from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Saturday, June 21, 2008

6 out of 10

I had high hopes for this one, but I'm afraid I'm one of the minority who was less than impressed. It may be that the translation is just not good and it loses something along the way, but I found the writing style to be amateurish in a way that distracted from the story. The first person account was interesting and valuable, but between the writing style and the ultra-simplistic theology (the victims who died were all "good people" and those who survived were sinful?) it ultimately left me cold.
It was an honor, though, to be involved in such a long, worldwide bookring. I'll contact the next reader and then send this little book on its way. 


Journal Entry 56 by wingfsr44wing from Pawtucket, Rhode Island USA on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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Sending to rrrcaron today. Joanthro needed to pass due to a move and dospescados does not have PMs enabled. 


Journal Entry 57 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Monday, July 07, 2008

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I received this book in the mail on Saturday. I have one in progress right now, but promise I will get to this one next. I know it will be an upsetting read, but an important one as well. I'm looking forward to reading it.
Ruth 


Journal Entry 58 by Rrrcaron from Lancaster, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, July 27, 2008

9 out of 10

I certainly agrre that everyone should read this book. This account of the destruction is more easily understood than what you get rom the history books on this subject. The compassion and love that survivors shared was amazing. What a terrible war this was. It is a tragedy that it is part of history at all. Sending on to the next reader. Thanks so much for sharing.
Ruth 


Journal Entry 59 by BookBirds from -- wild in the usa, -- Wild Released somewhere in USA -- USA on Thursday, August 07, 2008

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Received this yesterday and I have already started it! thanks for sharing SKinglist! thanks for sending, Rrrcaron! 


Journal Entry 60 by BookBirds from -- wild in the usa, -- Wild Released somewhere in USA -- USA on Monday, August 11, 2008

8 out of 10

Heartbreaking. Reading this reminded me of reading 'Hiroshima' in school when I was 13. I guess up until then, it wasn't real to me that the US had used the atomic bomb. That book definitely made it real. This one makes it even more so. This book NEEDS to be republished. It is essential.

Already wrapped up for bug2004. 


Journal Entry 61 by BookBirds at ***, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 13, 2008

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Released 9 yrs ago (8/13/2008 UTC) at ***, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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Sending on its way! thanks 


Journal Entry 62 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Friday, August 22, 2008

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Rec'vd today! Will get to it asap! Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 63 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, September 16, 2008

10 out of 10

This is a book that I will think back on often. Such a powerful little gem. Thank you so much for sharing it!!!

Has anyone read anything else by Nagai? Any recommendations for other books w/ the same topic?

Will mail in the next day or two. 


Journal Entry 64 by Bug2004 from Omaha, Nebraska USA on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

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Mailed off to msjoanna yesterday. 


Journal Entry 65 by msjoanna from Columbia, Missouri USA on Thursday, October 02, 2008

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This extremely well-traveled book has arrived safely in New York City. I'm looking forward to starting it, but need to finish the two books I'm currently reading first. 


Journal Entry 66 by msjoanna from Columbia, Missouri USA on Sunday, October 19, 2008

8 out of 10

I quite enjoyed this powerful little book. The writing was simple and emotionally detached, but also powerful. I found the introduction, which provided more background on Nagai and on the book's publication to be quite interesting as well. I've now put the book in the mail to the next reader. 


Journal Entry 67 by laevina from Denver, Colorado USA on Friday, October 24, 2008

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Thank you to msjoanna for sending me this book. I will start it soon. 


Journal Entry 68 by laevina from Denver, Colorado USA on Sunday, November 16, 2008

10 out of 10

Tearful and gripping account of Japan immediately after the dropping of the a-bomb on Nagasaki. Nagai's caring of the sick in the remains of the city shows how the human spirit can live - and how the community rebuilds itself, slowly.

Off to Erishkigal next. 


Journal Entry 69 by erishkigal from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Friday, November 21, 2008

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Safe in Utah, thanks for sending it, laevina. This is a dance concert week for me (12-15 hour days), but as soon as it's up, I'll start on "Bells."

I've been reading previous jounals with my wake-up coffee....bug2004, I highly recommend Black Rain, by Masuji Ibuse. 


Journal Entry 70 by erishkigal from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Sunday, December 28, 2008

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I see I'm over my month....work, holidays, guests...and at times I just had to set it asid for two or three days...times it just hurt so much. lo siento.

So, enjoyed would not be the word for this book, but I certainly appreciated it, learned from it, am thankful I read it. While being horrified at what we two-leggeds inflict on one another, I am also filled with hope for humanity by the compassion shown by survivors of The Bomb. The determination of the medical people to treat others depite their own injuries was amazing. I'm sure I would be a wimp just moaning for help.

I don't know whether or not this is in print, but i am going to find several copies to pass to family and friends. It's one I feel should be required reading of all our HS students.

Thank you so much for sharing this important book!!
I'll pm Bluemchenblatt now for her addy and get it off to her asap.
 


Journal Entry 71 by erishkigal from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Wednesday, February 04, 2009

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ooo~ didn't realize it's been a month.... I didn't hear back from Bluem, I got busy and didn't follow up.....and finally heard back a few days ago. So, tis on the way this afternoon~--making a PO run ( ouch-4 books to move on, and all are international).

Thanks again for sharing this important book! 


Journal Entry 72 by erishkigal from Salt Lake City, Utah USA on Friday, March 27, 2009

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aargh! damn and double damn! this book has been to France and arrived back in my mailbox today. There is assorted writing, and stamped boxes and slashes all over the front, so it's hard to tell, but it looks like I may have put a 54 instead of 84 for Bluemchenblatt's house number. I'll check with her that I do have the addy right, then try again. But it will be the end of the week before I have a chance to get to the PO while the counter's open. 


Journal Entry 73 by wingBluemchenblattwing from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Thursday, April 16, 2009

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Thank you for the ring! Has just been fetched from the Post Box. It will probably take some time before I can read it, since my exams are coming up, I hope this is okay.

(Maire, thank you for sending this book twice! It is appreciated. :)) 


Journal Entry 74 by wingBluemchenblattwing from Frankfurt am Main, Hessen Germany on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

8 out of 10

I finished it last week and being very impressed wanted to journal it right away, but have needed to take care of something else after asking for the next address.
The book is a terrific read - in all its meanings. Due to these aspects I wasn't able to read it in one session - too much pain depicted, but it talked to me.

The only point that really disturbed me is the allusion to God reinforced in chapter 11. Usually a slight Christian (or other) reference doesn't bother me, but it was too much there. It's this "I'm open-minded, you can believe in what you want. But if you don't believe in my God, you'll go to hell."-attitude. Searching support in religious faith is one thing, but this chapter would have discouraged me to read on, if it hasn't been the last but one.

During summer I'll visit Hiroshima and since I'll be around Fukuoka, maybe there might also be a possibility to go to Nagasaki. We'll see.

Thank you for sharing and moving this book on (double thanks to Erishkigal!), it will pursue its travel with Quak. 


Journal Entry 75 by quak from München, Bayern Germany on Friday, July 24, 2009

6 out of 10

Arrived yesterday. Will have to wait until I'm back from holidays.
Thanks for sending to Bluemchenblatt!

12.10.2009: A very interesting book and very touching. I had a hard time with the medicine vocabulary in English. But otherwise it was a fascinating and admonishing read. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 76 by quak at -- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Bayern Germany on Thursday, October 29, 2009

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On its way to Portugal :) 


Journal Entry 77 by pazyryk from Torres Vedras, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Wednesday, November 04, 2009

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Arrived!!! Thanks for sending it Quak. 


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