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Hiroshima is a factual account about the day the United States government dropped thefirst atom bomb on the city of Hiroshima Japan The author John Hersey interviewedsix survivors and reported their stories in a factual but interesting fashion He gives a briefdescription of each person and tells of his or her daily activities both before and after theexplosion His descriptions of people and events give the reader a feeling of actually beingat the scene He intensifies each characters need to survive The sense of survival isdeeply rooted in the hearts of most peopleOne of the survivors Mrs Hatsuyo Nakamura is described as a tailors widow who stoodby the window of her kitchen watching a neighbor tearing down his house because it layin the path of an air-raid-defense fire lane I was very impressed by Mrs Nakamura andher determination to survive and to help her children survive After the bomb explodedshe found herself being thrown into the next room and buried under debris but the cries ofher youngest child Myeko made her break free to rescue her children After strugglingthrough debris and making a path she found all three of her children and took themoutside However they had nothing on but underwear Even though it was summer shefeared that the children might catch cold She went back into the house and retrievedclothing and oddly enough overcoats She also found her only means of income asewing machine which she threw into a water tank Mrs Nakamuras sense of survivalsaved her life and the lives of her three children Even though her rationality was blurredat times her desire to survive pushed her beyond her limitsThe Testimony of Toshiko Saeki tells of a young womans struggle to find her familyafter the bomb was dropped The womans name is Toshiko Saeki who at the time of thebombing was with her children at her parents home which was far away from Hiroshima She saw a flash of light then felt heat
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