The Bells of Nagasaki

Takashi Nagai

The Bells of Nagasaki

The Bells of Nagasaki

  • Title: The Bells of Nagasaki
  • Author: Takashi Nagai
  • ISBN: 9784770018458
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback

Among the wounded on the day they dropped the bomb on Nagasaki was a young doctor who, though sick himself cared for the sick and dying Written when he too lay dying of leukemia, The Bells of Nagasaki is the extraordinary account of his experience It is deeply moving and human story.

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After reading A Song For Nagasaki about Takashi Nagai, I thought it would be good to at least try Nagai's first and most famous book.It begins on the morning that the bomb is dropped on Nagasaki. I was interested to see it told not only from his point of view but also from that of various other people in the countryside and from different vantage points at the teaching hospital where Nagai was dean. After helping all those they can from the immediate university area, the small band of survivors [...]

I can't remember when I first heard about this book or its author—possibly it was when I reading about the events that happened at Akita, Japan, in a small community of religious, called the Institute of the Handmaids of the Eucharist. In any event, ever since then, I'd been trying to track down this book which was out-of-print. Finally in 2007 I got a used copy—the cover depicted here from the 1984 edition. I’m revising the review to reflect that fact. When I first wrote this, they only h [...]

I am not religious. I don't have faith in anything except simple kindness. Neither do I understand nationalism/patriotism. I had trouble with large portions of this teeny book.

Another classic of nuclear issues that I've been wanting to read forever. It was incredibly moving and definitely should be read by everyone who wants to understand the reality of nuclear weapons. It's very intense and difficult to read, so proceed with caution. But only a physician who had been studying the effects of radiation would have been able to write such a specific and accurate account of the immediate hours/days after the bombing of Nagasaki. It's a little frustrating to read the parts [...]


كتاب عن الألم والأمل يحكي دكتور نجائي وهو طبيب ياباني تخصص في الاشعةكان يحيا في نجازاكي أثناء إلقاء القنبلة الذرية عليها، يحكي دكتور نجائي عن الدمارالذي حل بالمدينة وعن الاصابات التي لا توصف بين البشر يحكي قصة عودةالانسانية إلى الهمجية الأولى.يحكي عن الارادة والعزيمة والأ [...]

"Go to the mountains and meditate! If you stay in the hurly-burly of this world, you'll run around in circles without ever finding your way. You'll become the kind of person who just stamps and screams. But the blue mountains are immovable and the white clouds come and go."This was Takashi Nagai's advice a few weeks after the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. This book was non-fiction unfortunately.Takashi Nagai was a doctor, a nuclear physicist, and dean of the radiology department in the me [...]

I planned to finish reading this book on August 9, for the book starts on August 9, 1945--but I finished reading it today, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Dr. Nagai gives a first-hand account of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, where he was a doctor on duty at the nearby Nagasaki University Medical School.Dr. Nagai (1908-51) was a Christian and a member of the Urakami Catholic church--the largest church in East Asia--that was destroyed by the bomb. One of the most striking par [...]

Bells of Nagasaki, a memoir of the days after the dropping of Nagasaki bomb, was completed in August 1946 - a year after the disaster. Dr. Nagasaki was a radiologist who had done a lot of work in the area of radiation effects. He was on the faculty of the Nagasaki Medical University, very close to ground zero of the bombing. He had also been recently diagnosed with leukemia and given a life expectancy of 3 years. He and his wife were converts to Catholicism and ardent Christians.This little book [...]

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 th [...]

This courageous memoir, penned in one of the last few years of the author's life, is an excellent perspective on the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Especially since Nagasaki is the lesser-known of the two Japanese cities that were victimized by the atomic bomb, I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to be educated about the events. Nagai was a doctor, scientist, and avid researcher, so he is able to explain the thinking of WWII citizens of Japan very well. His dispassioned analysis allows the [...]

Strange book. Written by a deeply religious doctor who witnessed the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, it freely switches from first person to third, from a literary style to a memoir style to clinical, scientific examinations. At times it's poetic and profound, at times it's bizarre and embarrassing. Indeed, it seems as if it was written by 3 or 4 different people. And while it's immensely entertaining, the condescending Christian arrogance that stealthily creeps in toward the end ruins it. Bumm [...]

Takashi Nagai is a messenger of forgiveness, peace, Providence, authentic religion, and the redemptive value of suffering. His view of the atomic attack on Nagaski (which claimed his wife's life and almost his own) is revolutionary, unforgettable, and a view most of us have never considered before. In the late 1940s this work introduced the virtues of faith, hope, and love to a bitter and demoralized Japan in the years following WW2 and should be required reading for all of us living in the mode [...]

I think this book can be summed up from the post-it my coworker left on this book when I left it on my desk on my way somewhere: "Excellent Text". I'm not sure if he was serious or if he has read the book but it was an excellent treatment of the mindset of those living in Nagasaki as well as their experiences right after the bomb. It helped explain a lot in the book I am currently reading about Chernobyl.

Meski terjemahan yang kurang bagus tapi saya dapat menangkap keseluruhan kisah ini dan memberi inspirasi. Tidak ada melankolis berlebihan yang Anda harapkan dari buku true story, namun kembangkan imajinasi lebih tinggi lagi, kita akan dapat melihat akibat bom atom tsb. Buku ini bukan mengisahkan mengenai saat itu saja, tapi penulis menyampaikan sesuatu untuk masa depan^^b

An extremely moving first person account of Nagaski immediately before and after the atomic bomb was dropped. Perhaps because the author was a doctor and a scientist, the tone is rather objective and detached and written at least in part in an effort to reflect on the observed effects of atomic radiation on the people who lived nearby. Definitely worth reading, but rather depressing.

Moving, insightful and hear trenching read of a dedicated doctor who risks his live to aid others after the dropping of the bomb, and the overwhelming love of humanity that allows him to share his strongest desire for love and peace in the world. Should be a must-read for everyone in school.

Dropping those two atomic bombs on Aug 6 and 9 came at a terrible price, anyone reading this book can agree. Anything to do with the atomic bomb, or Nagasaki, or anything like that has always held a morbid interest for me: I was born exactly 50 years later.

Perfect. Disturbing, but only because it is honest. A book everyone should read for the message all should heed. Not a light read, but an engaging one, and a necessary one as well. I join with the citizens of Nagasaki in their prayer for peace.

Beautiful and sparse prose describing the horrendous aftermath of the atomic bombing in Nagasaki.

Similar to Night which I previously reviewed I think this is a book that cannot be rated. I would however recommend this book and think it is a very poetic and terrifying true tale.

i'm pretty sure my heart has broken.

I read a German translation of this book. The introduction was badly translated but the rest was quite o.k. Incredible what they must have suffered!

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