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At times this book was very difficult to read; I persevered because I thought: I'm only reading it, but these people actually lived through these horrors. My worst moment was when I finished the book, read the epilogue and found out that the author had committed suicide. I recommend that everyone read this book. The horrors that humans are capable of should be at the back of every mind.
"The Rape of Nanking" is not a story. It is a fearsome historical account of the suffering Chinese and the behaviour of Japanese soldiers during World War 2. Many authors have enlightened humanity to the futile brutality of war, but Iris Chang wrote this book to expose a fearsome history of despicable human cruelty and debasement. This book could also be titled "Hidden from History....an account of Japanese atrocities during the (Japanese) occupation of Nanking".....because that is exactly what it is. I had trouble scoring this book, because I did not love it, nor like it from the perspective of enjoyment, but I did find it an important book which was difficult to read specifically due to the horrific accounts of cruelty. It is a well written book and easy to understand.
At times this book was very difficult to read; I persevered because I thought: I'm only reading it, but these people actually lived through these horrors. My worst moment was when I finished the book, read the epilogue and found out that the author had committed suicide. I actually broke down and cried. It seems so sad that after so much tragedy, her death just added to it. I recommend that everyone read this book. The horrors that humans are capable of should be at the back of every mind. Some books change your outlook, in whatever small way, forever. This book is one of them. RIP, Iris.
I won't say it's a great story, although well written because the events were so tragic. So much so that it became upsetting at times and would get to a point where I couldn't read on for awhile. Having said that I am so glad that I was able to finish the book. This is another example of life's many tragedies, tragedies perpetrated under the excuse of war. For years after there wouldn't be any individual living in Nanking who wasn't affected by it all. Oh so sad.
Before reading this book, I was unaware that Japan had been at war with China. Chang presents compelling evidence that the Rape of Nanking was a particularly brutal piece of history. Once I started reading, I felt compelled to finish, to bear witness to the atrocities and honor the victims. This is not for the faint-hearted.
Devastating book; absolutely devastating. It’ll make you cry, will upset you greatly but worth a read. I was recommended this book by a friend I go to uni with and I’d like to think of myself as a tough cookie, but this one got me good.
This is a very powerful story of what went on in Nanking about how the people there were treated by the Japanese. it made me cry and am very angry to think humans can treat other humans in this way. Please read this for yourselves and decide what you think.
I bought this book over 2 years ago and for some reason, couldn't find myself to read it. I knew about the horrors on what happened in Nanking, and had briefly researched it on Wiki, but I couldn't do it.
It called to me yesterday and I have just finished it today. Iris brilliantly expressed what many cannot. The stories of those who suffered, true victims of which many perhaps, only brought to light by her book/research, deeply wounded me. Words cannot describe how the way they suffered makes me feel. People like you and me, treated in this inhumane way, is heart wrenching. The Leaders in the Safety Zone are real heroes. Their bravery in the face of death left me open-mouth in shock and awe. All the stories within the book will remain with me forever. I hope those whose stories haven't been told, those who unfortuantely, were sileneced and justice not served are shared with the world eventually, for they deserve to be told.
I am grateful to have read her work and will try my best to share what she wrote and her book to others that may be interested in what happened in Nanking. I hope that someday, it is recognised for what it is, an event in history that should never be forgotten and is rememebered.
This is an excellent book that shows what happens when the veneer of civilisation breaks down. There is a good description of elements that required for a whole army and government to turn to barbarism.
After reviewing this book elsewhere, I was tweeted by a denier in Japan who claimed the appalling behaviour by Japanese troops in what was the former capital of China never took place, or if it did it was by Chiang Kai-Shek's Kuomintang army. That is what makes Iris Chang's well researched book important for all who are interested in the recent history of China and Japan.