A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

When Amaterasu Takahashi opens the door of her home to a badly scarred man claiming to be her grandson, she doesn’t believe him. Her grandson and her daughter, Yuko, perished nearly forty years ago during the bombing of Nagasaki. But the man carries with him a collection of sealed private letters that open a Pandora’s box of family secrets Ama had sworn to leave behind when she fled Japan. She is forced to confront her memories of Nagasaki in the years before the war: of the daughter she tried too hard to protect and the love affair that would drive them apart, and even further back, to the hurt and humiliation of her early life when Ama first learned that a soft heart was a dangerous thing. Will Ama allow herself to believe in a miracle?

The video below has nothing to do with this book as this book is just a book, not true story but pikadon was really dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nobody wants war but those humans running the country, never really think of the lives of normal people who only wanted to lead a normal peaceful daily life.

And if you can understand Indonesian language then you can watch the video below. It was a 15th August 2020 Indonesian news regarding the proclamation of independence two days after Japan surrendered and ended the war on the 15th of August 1945. Pikadon was dropped first in Hiroshima on the 6th of August 1945 and three days later in Nagasaki on the 9th of August 1945. The devastation that brought the country to its knees was much needed to end the second world war.

Malaya was also freed from the Japanese Occupation but our road to independence was not so smooth sailing with the communist insurgency. I have no idea where to read to get the real information other from what I have read from our History textbook in school. 

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Updated on October 9, 2021

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