The Bells of Nagasaki
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Second copy for the international ray
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. " A vivid first-hand account of the nuclear destruction of Nagasaki....The testament of one of the most remarkable men in postwar Japan."
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)
. 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)
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
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!
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bookring in bookring, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, January 04, 2006
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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!
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.
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.
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.
i've sent this book to amberc.
one of 13!!! books received today. I will read it ASAP.
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
Received safely... thanks! This book sounds really good, I'll be starting to read it tonight.
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.
Posted to hunnyb 11/04/06 - enjoy :-)
Received today. Thanks SKingList for sharing this.
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.
Rec'd from hunnyb via mail today. thankyou. :D
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.
I got this in the mail today. Thanks c-a-m, I will send some positive vibes your way for a speedy cure.
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 :)
Star1978 asked to be skipped so I am sending this off to Calissa today.
Arrived safe and sound today.
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.
Forgot to say I posted this off on Wednesday. Should arrive any day now.
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.
Received in the mail on Friday- many thanks!
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.
Received this wednesday but real life got in the way,looking forward to reading this one.
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.
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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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On its way to the next person.
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! :-)
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!
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.
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.
This is being posted over to Greece tomorrow bypassing Stoxasths who has not responded.
Journal Entry 36
on Tuesday, March 13, 2007
The book just arrived. I will start reading it soon
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.
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.
Sorry for holding onto this book for so long. I posted it to ScottishHoosier this morning.
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!
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.
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.
Sending off to boirina - enjoy!
The book got here safely today.
The book is on its way to Sternschnuppe28.
It's a moving story. Really.
Just received today - thanks!
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.
The book arrived here safely, thanks Sternschuppe28 and thank you for the postcard!
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.
Sent off to sqdancer today!
Journal Entry 51
on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Received safe and sound.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sending to rrrcaron today. Joanthro needed to pass due to a move and dospescados does not have PMs enabled.
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.
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.
Received this yesterday and I have already started it! thanks for sharing SKinglist! thanks for sending, Rrrcaron!
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.
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***, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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Sending on its way! thanks
Rec'vd today! Will get to it asap! Thanks for sharing!
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.
Mailed off to msjoanna yesterday.
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.
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.
Thank you to msjoanna for sending me this book. I will start it soon.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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. :))
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.
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!
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-- Per Post geschickt/ Persönlich weitergegeben --, Bayern Germany on Thursday, October 29, 2009
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On its way to Portugal :)
Arrived!!! Thanks for sending it Quak.