Welcome to our IFN comment string on the classic nonfiction book, Hiroshima, by John Hersey.
In writing Hiroshima, John Hersey portrays six survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima–following their unique, yet irrevocably linked stories. Via intense interviews and research, Hersey created a serialized narrative of the events, including residents’ actions in the calm before the Noiseless Flash.
Here are some questions to spark our discussion. Choose one or two and leave a comment:
1) Describe a literary technique Hersey uses to create a voice for the characters (give an example); 2) How do their stories illuminate the event’s backstory, panoramic picture, investigation, or aftermath (again, cite a particular example).
Or, 3) What did you find most effective about this book and what purpose does it serve as a work of narrative nonfiction?
After the first few commentators, later contributors can refer to an insight previously made as well. Please add your name at the end, so that we know who is speaking, as not everyone recognizes e-mail addresses. Everyone in class should add at least one comment (appropriate comments, of course). Set aside part of our normal class time to comment or follow, though any final responses would be due by 5 p.m. Wednesday.