Monday, December 11, 2006

Bea's Books (11)

I open a copy of John Hersey’s Hiroshima. On the first page, Bea has put a quote: “The pen is mightier than the sword.” This book is heavily underlined. Bea has also written comments in the margins. I find a post-it, “Of 245,000 population, nearly 100,000 killed or doomed at one blow. 100,000 hurt.” Bea knew John Hersey personally. I know because I find one of his letters. At the end of Chapter 4, Bea has underlined, “Does it not have material and spiritual evil as its consequences which far exceed whatever good might result?” At the bottom of this page, she has written, “I would say that the author certainly profoundly agrees with Father Siemes and gravely deplored use of the bomb. B.G.”

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