I don’t think I have ever been so disturbed by a book like I have been with “Black Rain.” This book follows a young woman, named Yasuko, who has been caught in the black rain that followed the bombing of Hiroshima. Her life is forever changed after the events of that fateful day. The day will haunt her for the rest of her life and she will still feel the effects of it all in her future.
This book is one of those stories that just hits you directly, because you know that this is something that did actually happen. Ibuse has taken countless interviews and read journals and recounts of the day of the bombing and the effect it had on its victims that day and their future days. He takes that history and meshes it into a heartbreaking story of death, survival, fear, and healing.
I found myself needing to take breaks from this story. Like Shark Dialogues by Kiana Davenport from my last review, it is a heavy story to read. There are moments where there was a perpetual lump in my throat and I was on the verge of tears several times. It drains you, emotionally, but it is well worth that to see a recount of these experiences woven so masterfully, without being completely insensitive to those experiences.
I highly recommend that this book, at the very least, be on your TBR. You will not regret it. If you have read this book, let me know what you thought about it and did it have any affect on you?