War: What Is It Good For?
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From the Paper:"This is a review of Dennis Bock's novel, The Ash Garden, about the effect that the Second World War had on the lives of ordinary people in the world, and in particular the lives of the two main protagonists of the novel, Emiko, a young Japanese girl whose face was mutilated by the explosion of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima, where she was living at the time, and Anton Boll, a German-born scientist who helped to develop the atomic bomb. The novel touches upon several themes, including guilt on the part of those who helped create the bomb and the ways in which they tried to cope with that guilt, and racial hatred and fear on the part of those who suffered from the bomb as well as on the part of ordinary people who became pawns in the hands of the American and Japanese governments. The latter part of the review reflects on the novel's overall theme that war is a spiritually destructive force in the world, that it divides people by promoting racial prejudice and fear through its "villainizing" of the enemy for political purposes. The review concludes with the observation that Bock's overall message in the novel is that war is the ultimate evil, and that the ultimate irony is that humans have not learned the lessons of the past, but continue to use war to resolve national and international conflicts."
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War: What Is It Good For? (2014, October 26) Retrieved May 19, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/war-what-is-it-good-for-154049/
"War: What Is It Good For?" 26 October 2014. Web. 19 May. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/war-what-is-it-good-for-154049/>