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When the Wind Blows Paperback – February 2, 1988
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This touching little book came out in the early 80s, when there was a sharp spike in international public awareness of the dangers of nuclear warfare. Due largely to Ronald Reagan's hawkish presidency, people were much more fearful of this looming prospect -- and, of course, rightly so. Reading this reminds me of 1981, when I was in eighth grade, and tensions over Poland were so severe that I recall becoming a regular fixture at our local library, reading and reading, trying helplessly to understand all the forces which, it seemed, were conspiring to destroy us all.
The really touching thing, about the couple portrayed in this book, is that they are normal people. Almost completely uninformed about the world, their mental picture of the world is shaped by a haze of half-remembered patriotic propaganda that is decades out of date, and was heavily distorted to begin with. Their efforts to prepare for a nuclear attack are so pathetic that you would laugh, if you weren't already busy crying.
Those weapons are still out there. This book is important. Everyone should read it. If you half-suspect that you yourself might be slightly un-informed about nuclear war issues, I would like to recommend that you seek out "The New Nuclear Danger," by Dr. Helen Caldicott. It just came out in 2002, and includes a fantastic bibliography which could help you understand nuclear winter, medical effects of fallout, and current weapon stockpiles. There is also a great collection of relevant websites, which we should all be a lot more familiar with....Read more ›
Timely to say the least ...
we are being told to protect our homes with Plastic drop cloths and duct tape... they were told to use wooden doors... read it and start thinking.
all that being said
it's beautifully illustrated - and well worth tracking down a copy.
Raymond Briggs has a deft and provocative hand, a poignant and powerful voice. An artist of his calibre should be able to challenge us and he needs a publisher who will continue to nurture ALL that he has to offer to children, to adults, to the world.
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Very moving and timelystory told through lovely illustrayionsPublished 2 months ago by Ken MacKenzie
For those who are too young to remember the 1980s, it was a decade of utterly foolish magical thinking about nuclear annihilation, an era in which governments in both the United... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miss Ivonne
This is a comic book and I also have the movie of it. Both are good, but keeping the movie. It also shows what happens to people who think like sheep and follow the govts. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Chris
Now even though this isnt for kids I read it to mine, and they loved it. This is a marvelous story!Published on August 9, 2013 by M.Liken
My order came in a very timely fashion. The book was in excellent condition, as suggested. Overall, I was totally and completely satisfied and very happy when I received my order. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Lori Underwood
Reason for Reading: I was posting a review on another site when this book was recommended for me. I'd never heard of it before but since I love apocalyptic books and Brigg's... Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by Nicola Mansfield
I have ordered a few things through Amazon and this particular item is SO SPECIAL to me I got three, the book,the vhs,&the dvd. Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by sissy5000
I was so impressed with Raymond Briggs' Ethel & Ernest from last month that I decided to read his other graphic novel When the Wind Blows which is also in the 500 Essential Graphic... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by D. Sorel