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Review for 'Hiroshima Sunset'

Posted by John Kelly on June 29, 2009 at 6:11 AM

HIROSHIMA SUNSET is much more than a novel. It's a love story woven within a riveting factual account and told by way of a mysterious journal that keeps the reader guessing until the end. Cleverly written, easily understood and shocking, it exposes some little known truths about the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945;  that Japan wanted to surrender and overtures to the west were ignored.

Little known also, is the fact that thousands of Australian soldiers served in the post-war occupation and worked to re-establish some normality in a devastated country.

Even if you are not into war stories, this is an educational must-read. Fascinating, descriptive, informative; a page turner.


Fiona Cottingham



Review by: Keith Renshaw on Aug. 02, 2009 :


A beautiful story with a very poignant message about the decision to drop this horrible bomb. For me it puts into perspective the term used so much today "Weapons of mass Destruction".  Nothing a terrorist could contrive could come anywhere close to what was dropped on Hiroshima. That apart, this book is one of the best stories I can remember. Go on give it a try you won't regret it.



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Reply Gabriel Rodriguez
8:22 PM on July 31, 2009 

I read the prologue at work today--damn good. I mean it. My expectations were high (and for good reason), and you didn't let me down. I'm fascinated by WWII history (my granddad fought as a Marine, has a Purple Heart), and I know a good deal about the war. Really, the prologue was a great lead-in.


(Gabriel Rodriguez, Author of 'The Prize behind the Fire'.)
Reply Keith Renshaw
5:13 AM on August 2, 2009 
Hi John
I have just finished reading Hiroshima Sunset and I am so disappointed I wanted it to go on and on It's a fantastic read I was 9 years old in 1945 and somewhere at the back of my mind is this recollection of hearing about splitting the atom and being able to make a massive bomb of course communications then were very different and I can remember my dad ranting on about it being a disgrace, this book brought into focus my utter disgust at Truman's obscene explanation as to why in a biography I read he made the decision drop that bomb That apart It is a brilliant love story with a very touching ending I loved it
Take Care