Last night I finished reading this slight tome. If you’d seen me reading it on the bus you would have thought I was just after receiving bad news, I couldn’t help but continually put my hand to my mouth, and in a way I was getting bad news.
If this was a piece of fiction it would be described as a great work of imagination but sadly it’s not fiction. Yes, we are all aware of the fact that two nuclear bombs were dropped, one on Hiroshima and then Nagasaki. However this is simply a fact, almost an abstract notion. It happened and we know it was awful but we don’t know what it was like on the ground, to be going about your daily life at 8am, a bomb lands at 8:15 and if you survived your life was never the same again.
As I said it was a small read – 98 pages, but it did bring tears and heartbroken sympathy. I don’t normally read this kind of writing but it was worth it and I think it should be recommended reading in every school across the world. These bombs can’t be used ever again and the fact that it’s a threat that hangs over us on an ongoing basis to some degree or other is truly terrifying.
A big Thank You to Fionnuala for giving us this.