The Ash Garden

The Ash Garden

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by Dennis Bock
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0613683153

ISBN-13: 9780613683159

Pub. Date: 12/01/2003

Publisher: San Val

A scientist stealing across the Pyrenees into Spain, then smuggled into America . . .

A young woman quarantined on a ship wandering the Atlantic, her family stranded in Austria . . .

A girl playing on a riverbank as a solitary airplane appears on the horizon . . .

Lives already in motion, unsettled by war, and about to change beyond

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A scientist stealing across the Pyrenees into Spain, then smuggled into America . . .

A young woman quarantined on a ship wandering the Atlantic, her family stranded in Austria . . .

A girl playing on a riverbank as a solitary airplane appears on the horizon . . .

Lives already in motion, unsettled by war, and about to change beyond reckoning—their pasts blurred and their destinies at once defined and distorted by an inconceivable event. For that man was bound for the desert of Los Alamos, the woman unexpectedly en route to a refugee camp, the girl at Ground Zero and that plane the Enola Gay. In August of 1945, in a blinding flash, Hiroshima sees the dawning of the modern age.

With these three people, Dennis Bock transforms a familiar story—the atom bomb as a means to end worldwide slaughter—into something witnessed, as if for the first time, in all its beautiful and terrible power. Destroyer of Worlds. With Anton and Sophie and Emiko, with the complete arc of their histories and hopes, convictions and regrets, The Ash Garden is intricate yet far-reaching: from market streets in Japan to German universities, from New York tenements to, ultimately, a peaceful village in Ontario. Revealed here, as their fates triangulate, are the true costs and implications of a nightmare that has persisted for more than half a century.

In its reserves of passion and wisdom, in its grasp of pain and memory, in its balance of ambition and humanity, this first novel is an astonishing triumph.

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ISBN-13:
9780613683159
Publisher:
San Val
Publication date:
12/01/2003

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The Ash Garden is a book whose time has come. It relates the story of three characters living through the Second World War, specifically, the tragic bombing of Hiroshima. The tension in the novel is created by the juxtapostion of the stories of a young girl, Emiko who lived thought the blast, a scientist, Anton Boll who was a minor player in the creation of the A-bomb, and his wife Sophie. It explores the lifetimes of these three people and their synchronistic and psychic connections to each other and to a sense of place. The Ash Garden is powerfully written, understated and emotionally rich. It is easy to read and constructed to keep you reaching. It is a book for those who would like to explore a fictionalised 'first-hand account' of an innocent who lived through one of the last centuries greatest human tradgedies and at what cost she survived. The Ash Garden explores in a impartial and compassionate manner, that which drives the hearts and minds of those men and women, who through a sense of what is right, create monstrous havoc in the lives of innocents. This story stretched me and changed me. Certainly the social relevance of The Ash Garden is that it presents so humanely, both sides of a tragic story.