Group of Volunteers Translating and Publishing a Comic
"Barefoot Gen" by Keiji Nakazawa
|Letters from the readers|
Book Reports from Elementary School Pupils
I thought Gen’s dreaming of his father, sister and brother means the importance of family for him. The idea of losing my family members scared me.
Through English and Russian versions of Gen, I hope people in the globe will stop war and live in harmony.
Seeing those pictures, I was horrified with them. I thought the lines in balloons furthered the terror. After publishing the English version of Gen, I would like to read it, though it would be difficult for me.
I think Gen’s father was right because he was against the war. I want to do what I can do to stop wars and what the people in conflict-affected regions need.
What is the most horrifying for me is the fall of the atomic bomb that killed most people there. And Gen is the eyewitness of that scene. I have a lot of things to know about this story.
I feel very sorry for the victims who wanted to drink water just after the drop of the atomic bomb. Gen lost some of his family after the atomic bomb. It must have been harsh for him.
I think wars are horrifying. There are many people who are fighting even now. Why don’t they hope a peaceful world?
I half cried, while reading Gen. I wish I had Gen’s braveness. He supported his family, which impressed me.
During the war, people were in need, so they didn’t help each other. But Gen encouraged others and helped them. It is amazing.
I am glad to see him recover from the loss of his family. I want to make efforts to work for world peace.
Even though Gen lost his father, sister and brother, Gen lives actively and encourages people around him.
Most of the people around the epicenter of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast died. We want no more atomic bombs. Without wars, people would live longer.
I cannot imagine the life without my family. But Gen witnessed deaths of his family members. The atomic bomb deprived Gen’s mother of her life as well as a lot of people’s. No bones left after her cremation made me sad.
I was scared of the scene in which victims’ melting skins with sharp broken pieces of glass hanged down limply. And I don’t like the idea of my parents’ death and my baldhead. I hate wars.
As a boy, Gen lost most of his family. He must have had a lot of plights.
Gen survived the atomic bomb standing behind the school wall which blocked the blast, but a woman who was talking to him died in front of him.
I had been happy to see his mother have a baby Tomoko. But Tomoko died spewing blood and his mother also died leaving no bone after her cremation. I hate wars. I hope there will be no wars.
I realized after reading “Barefoot Gen” that war is horrendous. This book made me think about horrendousness of wars and current peace of the world.
Now everyone in my class is being absorbed in Gen.
If there were a war now, my family members including me would not survive. Current news of wars gets me worried. I think seeing death of human beings is very sad.
I thought “Barefoot Gen” described the reality of the war. Gen set his wits to work to make money and feed his sister Tomoko.
It was a very sad story.
I didn’t know a lot of people had died in the war and was shocked and I am sad to see 70 percent of the story was real. I really hope there will be no wars.
I was impressed with Ms. Asazuma’s effort and hope she will continue the work.
I thought I had known the cruelty of wars, but I got to know the reality of war by reading this book. Deaths of his friends and babies make me sad.
After reading this comic book I realized the true fear of wars. These days I hear the word of “war”. I am scared with it.
Gen is trying to feed the baby sister Tomoko rice by saving money.
I feel very sorry for the people dying during and after the war.