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When the Wind Blows Paperback – February 2, 1988
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This graphic novel is so disturbing and powerful it leaves you feeling sad and chilled to your core. The couple are a well meaning but not too knowledgeable pair and with little information on what to do during a nuclear attack they cope as best they can given their circumstances. I've not read many graphic novels and I did know the story of this before reading it, but still it left me feeling uncomfortable inside. This is a good thing, what happens to the couple is not wonderful, there is nothing happy or cheerful in a couple experiencing a nuclear bomb and the after effects of it.
This book is certainly not for kids as the ending is not a cheerful and happy one. I think anyone can imagine how the story pans out and that is not pleasant. What is so moving about this story though is the couple's complete lack of knowledge, the two of them have no idea what is happening to them or everything around them, they cannot understand the effects of the fall out and the government advice was useless in educating them.
This story is so sad and yet it's so powerful because it shows the truth of what'll happen if nuclear weapons are ever used in this world. Although this was set and written in the time of the cold war such nuclear threats are still around today and this book offers an important message to everyone.Read more ›
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world, their mental picture of the world is shaped by a haze of half-remembered patriotic propaganda that is decades out of date, and was heavily distorted to begin with.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 ›
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I'm very pleased with this illustrated version of the book'When the Wind Blows' being somewhat a comic book/graphic book collector, I consider this book to be one of my prized... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marcelino Rosario
Very moving and timelystory told through lovely illustrayionsPublished 9 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 15 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 21 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