Hiroshima

Hiroshima by John Hersey is nothing short of devastating.

“The night was hot, and it seemed even hotter because of the fires against teh sky, but the younger of the two girls Mr. Tanimoto and the priests had rescued complained to Father Kleinsorge that she was cold.  He covered her with his jacket.  She and her older sister had been in the salt water of the river for a couple of hours before being rescued.  The younger one had huge, raw flash burns on her body; the salt water must have been excruciatingly painful to her.  She began to shiver heavily, and again said it was cold.  Father Kleinsorge borrowed a blanket from someone nearby and wrapped her up, but she shook more and more, and said again, “I am so cold,” and then she suddenly stopped shivering and was dead.”

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