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2010年のある朝、イリノイ州の小さな町で、10代の少年4人が穀物サイロで作業をしていた。だがその朝、少年たちの命の明暗を分ける事故が起きる。みなが顔見知りである小さな町の住民たちは大きな衝撃を受け、悲しみに耐える日々を暮らすことになる――。本書は、生き残った一人の若者に焦点をあて、彼になにが起きたのか、事故後の2年間で、なぜ彼の人生が取り返しのつかないほど深刻な状況になったのか掘り下げていく。 トウモロコシを貯蔵する巨大な銀色のサイロは、アメリカ中西部の風物詩だ。「アメリカの平均的なスーパーに並ぶ4万5000品目余りの商品、その4分の1以上にトウモロコシが使用されている」と言う。だが、トウモロコシへの国際的な依存度が高まれば高まるほど、トウモロコシによる死も増えつづけていく。3年の月日をかけ、関係者への取材と、数千ページにおよぶ裁判記録 2010年のある朝、イリノイ州の小さな町で、10代の少年4人が穀物サイロで作業をしていた。だがその朝、少年たちの命の明暗を分ける事故が起きる。みなが顔見知りである小さな町の住民たちは大きな衝撃を受け、悲しみに耐える日々を暮らすことになる――。本書は、生き残った一人の若者に焦点をあて、彼になにが起きたのか、事故後の2年間で、なぜ彼の人生が取り返しのつかないほど深刻な状況になったのか掘り下げていく。 トウモロコシを貯蔵する巨大な銀色のサイロは、アメリカ中西部の風物詩だ。「アメリカの平均的なスーパーに並ぶ4万5000品目余りの商品、その4分の1以上にトウモロコシが使用されている」と言う。だが、トウモロコシへの国際的な依存度が高まれば高まるほど、トウモロコシによる死も増えつづけていく。3年の月日をかけ、関係者への取材と、数千ページにおよぶ裁判記録、訴訟記録、警察調書をもとに、著者はこの穀物のために危険を冒し、ときに命を落とす人々の世界を力強く描き切った。 著者について エリカ・ハヤサキはカリフォルニア大学アーバイン校文学部助教授である。リテラリー・ジャーナリズム・プログラムを担当している。10年近くにわたり、〈ロサン&


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2010年のある朝、イリノイ州の小さな町で、10代の少年4人が穀物サイロで作業をしていた。だがその朝、少年たちの命の明暗を分ける事故が起きる。みなが顔見知りである小さな町の住民たちは大きな衝撃を受け、悲しみに耐える日々を暮らすことになる――。本書は、生き残った一人の若者に焦点をあて、彼になにが起きたのか、事故後の2年間で、なぜ彼の人生が取り返しのつかないほど深刻な状況になったのか掘り下げていく。 トウモロコシを貯蔵する巨大な銀色のサイロは、アメリカ中西部の風物詩だ。「アメリカの平均的なスーパーに並ぶ4万5000品目余りの商品、その4分の1以上にトウモロコシが使用されている」と言う。だが、トウモロコシへの国際的な依存度が高まれば高まるほど、トウモロコシによる死も増えつづけていく。3年の月日をかけ、関係者への取材と、数千ページにおよぶ裁判記録 2010年のある朝、イリノイ州の小さな町で、10代の少年4人が穀物サイロで作業をしていた。だがその朝、少年たちの命の明暗を分ける事故が起きる。みなが顔見知りである小さな町の住民たちは大きな衝撃を受け、悲しみに耐える日々を暮らすことになる――。本書は、生き残った一人の若者に焦点をあて、彼になにが起きたのか、事故後の2年間で、なぜ彼の人生が取り返しのつかないほど深刻な状況になったのか掘り下げていく。 トウモロコシを貯蔵する巨大な銀色のサイロは、アメリカ中西部の風物詩だ。「アメリカの平均的なスーパーに並ぶ4万5000品目余りの商品、その4分の1以上にトウモロコシが使用されている」と言う。だが、トウモロコシへの国際的な依存度が高まれば高まるほど、トウモロコシによる死も増えつづけていく。3年の月日をかけ、関係者への取材と、数千ページにおよぶ裁判記録、訴訟記録、警察調書をもとに、著者はこの穀物のために危険を冒し、ときに命を落とす人々の世界を力強く描き切った。 著者について エリカ・ハヤサキはカリフォルニア大学アーバイン校文学部助教授である。リテラリー・ジャーナリズム・プログラムを担当している。10年近くにわたり、〈ロサン&

30 review for Koun no ryuusha ni nomikomare te koun no umi de obore ta seinen no kiroku (Kindle Single)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Drowned by Corn This was a wonderful and sad story. When I started reading it I had no idea that it was a true story. I'm still wiping tears from my eyes. The only good thing is that Will is clean and sober today after all that he has been through. This really makes you stop and think about how dangerous a corn mill really is and how much we depend on it. Drowned by Corn This was a wonderful and sad story. When I started reading it I had no idea that it was a true story. I'm still wiping tears from my eyes. The only good thing is that Will is clean and sober today after all that he has been through. This really makes you stop and think about how dangerous a corn mill really is and how much we depend on it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Koren

    If you have never lived in farm country you probably don't know how dangerous farm life can be and you probably don't know how dangerous it can be to go into a grain bin. The corn can suck you down like quicksand and you literally die from drowning in the corn. Hence, the name of the book. This actually happened to 3 boys who were friends and working at a job where normal safety measures were not followed. One boy was saved but the other two died. How did the deaths of his friends effect him? Th If you have never lived in farm country you probably don't know how dangerous farm life can be and you probably don't know how dangerous it can be to go into a grain bin. The corn can suck you down like quicksand and you literally die from drowning in the corn. Hence, the name of the book. This actually happened to 3 boys who were friends and working at a job where normal safety measures were not followed. One boy was saved but the other two died. How did the deaths of his friends effect him? This is an e-book short you can read in a few hours.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    It was very hard for me to read this book, and I felt sick reading it. I grew up in this town. I know these families. I remember when Will and Paco and Wyatt were born. This author did a great job at telling this tragic story. I never knew what happened to Will afterward, but I'm so amazed at the progress he has made in becoming sober. I feel like Wyatt sent Leonard into Will's life to help heal him. I will never forget this day. My thoughts and prayers will always be with all involved. It was very hard for me to read this book, and I felt sick reading it. I grew up in this town. I know these families. I remember when Will and Paco and Wyatt were born. This author did a great job at telling this tragic story. I never knew what happened to Will afterward, but I'm so amazed at the progress he has made in becoming sober. I feel like Wyatt sent Leonard into Will's life to help heal him. I will never forget this day. My thoughts and prayers will always be with all involved.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Brought me to tears.. I was scrolling through the kindle book store when the title of this book caught my eye. It's such a strangely specific title, I had a feeling I knew just what it was about. I went to school with these young men. I remember that fateful day like it was yesterday, just waiting and waiting for updates from others. This book was amazingly written and definitely showed a side of this incident and the happenings in Will's life after, that not many others knew. The books a short, Brought me to tears.. I was scrolling through the kindle book store when the title of this book caught my eye. It's such a strangely specific title, I had a feeling I knew just what it was about. I went to school with these young men. I remember that fateful day like it was yesterday, just waiting and waiting for updates from others. This book was amazingly written and definitely showed a side of this incident and the happenings in Will's life after, that not many others knew. The books a short, but almost life altering read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy

    I thought the title and cover of this book was perfect. Most people don't know that you can drown without dying. I liked this book a lot because it provided a lot of information about how these terrible grain bin tragedies occur. With ties to the Midwest this story is often repeated as are the elevator explosions. In this case, failure to follow safety guides and lack of training were the main culprits. The life of Will the survivor, is riddled with mistakes and bad choices. However, he is certa I thought the title and cover of this book was perfect. Most people don't know that you can drown without dying. I liked this book a lot because it provided a lot of information about how these terrible grain bin tragedies occur. With ties to the Midwest this story is often repeated as are the elevator explosions. In this case, failure to follow safety guides and lack of training were the main culprits. The life of Will the survivor, is riddled with mistakes and bad choices. However, he is certainly a victim of survival guilt, and this book does not paint a rosy picture. His struggle with the guilt, grief and remorse is very real.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dianna McCarty

    This book was riveting. It jarred me when I realized it is a true story. I have never heard of walking down the corn or even getting inside of a cylo, much less drowning in the corn stuff! How horrid. The book was written well in that it had what I consider three parts. The accident, the aftermath of the survivors and the years after that. I said a prayer for the survivors and will continue to pray for them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Excellent and compelling Very good true story about a subject most of us know nothing about (agricultural deaths) that morphs into something lots of us know...addition and redemption.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Briana

    So horrifyingly sad. I know safety costs but it is so important to maintain in order to avoid incidents such as these.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    Frightening. Wish there was a bit more on the “villains” i.e. how they got away dodging OSHA regulations, how common kids working under the table like this is, etc.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa W

    A compelling story of an industrial accident and how the lone survivor struggles with guilt. It was a short read, but had me totally entranced from start to finish. There's not much else to say here - I highly recommend this novella. A compelling story of an industrial accident and how the lone survivor struggles with guilt. It was a short read, but had me totally entranced from start to finish. There's not much else to say here - I highly recommend this novella.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Polly Pierce

    Factual and verll! Factual and very interesting! I learned lot and I'm proud of Will! I've been sober for 2 years myself! It works if you work it! Factual and verll! Factual and very interesting! I learned lot and I'm proud of Will! I've been sober for 2 years myself! It works if you work it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    A horrific accident I found very hard to read about, begins this Kindle short story. The story of the accident was intense and well told. The remainder of this short story I found lacking. It is not clear to me why she tried, fairly unsuccessfully to me, to weave the overpowering predominance of corn in our agriculture and our current food choices, into her narrative. This did not advance the story or add to it, it just seemed like an aside. The lone survivor of the accident which resulted in th A horrific accident I found very hard to read about, begins this Kindle short story. The story of the accident was intense and well told. The remainder of this short story I found lacking. It is not clear to me why she tried, fairly unsuccessfully to me, to weave the overpowering predominance of corn in our agriculture and our current food choices, into her narrative. This did not advance the story or add to it, it just seemed like an aside. The lone survivor of the accident which resulted in the deaths of several young men in a grain elevator filled with corn, dominates much of the story. This part was mostly flat for me. Not very compelling. An opportunity was missed here. The story needed an editor, as there were several glaring grammatical errors. At one point in the narrative she mentions therapy for the survivor. Over several paragraphs she mentions a therapist, a psychiatrist, and a psychologist. Which was it? All three? Very unclear. I like attention to detail, and it is lacking here. In summation, the story is intense, horrifying, but the telling left much to be desired. 2.5 points!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This reads like a freaking soap opera with flowery language serving no purpose except a poor attempt to fluff up the impossible. Yes, this story must be told but the focus shouldn't be on Will's ptsd or his struggle with drugs. What he endured is unimaginable and everyone involved in this situation has been altered in some way, but that shouldn't be the moral of the freaking story. Focus on the heart of the matter and how EASILY this horrific event should have been avoided. Focus on the lazy, mo This reads like a freaking soap opera with flowery language serving no purpose except a poor attempt to fluff up the impossible. Yes, this story must be told but the focus shouldn't be on Will's ptsd or his struggle with drugs. What he endured is unimaginable and everyone involved in this situation has been altered in some way, but that shouldn't be the moral of the freaking story. Focus on the heart of the matter and how EASILY this horrific event should have been avoided. Focus on the lazy, money hungry idiots who think taking insane shortcuts with other people's lives to save themselves a buck is ok. Focus on making sure this never ever ever happens again. This is real life, not a made for TV movie.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rob Hermanowski

    This short, non-fiction Kindle e-single is a nicely done work of journalism that delves into a serious problem that sometimes has tragic outcomes. As corn has easily become the major crop in the U.S. (mostly to produce corn syrup and ethanol), the demand for cheaper and faster production methods has resulted in poorly trained workers (often teens) being hurt and killed in silo accidents. This story highlights one such accident in rural Illinois, and the aftermath on the lives of both the victims This short, non-fiction Kindle e-single is a nicely done work of journalism that delves into a serious problem that sometimes has tragic outcomes. As corn has easily become the major crop in the U.S. (mostly to produce corn syrup and ethanol), the demand for cheaper and faster production methods has resulted in poorly trained workers (often teens) being hurt and killed in silo accidents. This story highlights one such accident in rural Illinois, and the aftermath on the lives of both the victims' families and a survivor. A very compelling and sobering read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Pollara

    Frightening... Two boys drown in corn while a third surveys to drown in the emotional aftermath. One hopes he really does understand there was nothing he could do. Also that the man who hired the boys understands that his lack of use of available safety equipment was responsible. And the "big corn" company ought to give up the appeals. Too bad the author didn't give us the names of the companies who use that companies corn--an addendum is in order. Consumer boycott anyone? Frightening... Two boys drown in corn while a third surveys to drown in the emotional aftermath. One hopes he really does understand there was nothing he could do. Also that the man who hired the boys understands that his lack of use of available safety equipment was responsible. And the "big corn" company ought to give up the appeals. Too bad the author didn't give us the names of the companies who use that companies corn--an addendum is in order. Consumer boycott anyone?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Denise Weldon-siviy

    Warning: Christian content/assumptions The first 4/5 of this book are fact-based and genuinely interesting, albeit a bit dry. Then at around 80%, the author takes a detour to focus on one of the victims finding Jesus and singing the praises of the 12 step movement. It really doesn't seem relevant to the story , and will be very disappointing to any readers who are not Christian and don't buy into the AA cult. - Read via Kindle Unlimited Warning: Christian content/assumptions The first 4/5 of this book are fact-based and genuinely interesting, albeit a bit dry. Then at around 80%, the author takes a detour to focus on one of the victims finding Jesus and singing the praises of the 12 step movement. It really doesn't seem relevant to the story , and will be very disappointing to any readers who are not Christian and don't buy into the AA cult. - Read via Kindle Unlimited

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This is a Kindle Single but it didn’t seem short to me at all. It’s a true story that had me glued to the pages, not wanting to stop for a second. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for these boys, or the emotions the survivors still carry today. A very gripping story. I loved how the community pulled together. A very good book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Terrible accident, but this could have been written better and with clearer focus. I kept wishing this had been a story in Chicago magazine. They have similar long-form journalism but the writing and storytelling is better.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Good read A very sad but important story. Well written and shocking, the book drew me in very quickly. I'm glad that there are stricter safety regulations in place now and this story should help educate people on the dangers regarding grain silos. Good read A very sad but important story. Well written and shocking, the book drew me in very quickly. I'm glad that there are stricter safety regulations in place now and this story should help educate people on the dangers regarding grain silos.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    A tragic story but one that needed to be told. I had no idea corn was used in so many products, in such high demand and that workers were so unregulated and unsafe. This is not to say regulations do not exist, they do, but are apparently are ignored, either due to ignorance or time constraints.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lexy

    This short but wonderful piece almost seemed like a nonfiction novel. hard to imagine things like being in a ten foot silo to break apart corn in conditions like this happens at all. especially so close to Chicago and Rockford.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jody Poveromo

    Drowned By Corn, By Erika Hayasaki She had me from the first page. Maybe because I am from the Midwest and I found it to be accurate and interesting. I would be happy to read more by Nagasaki.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lori Lindsey-Clarkston

    Interesting read lots of information Good read. Keeps attention. Great information in a short read. Provokes thought on safety issues farmers face daily that are not evident to one's not in the trade Interesting read lots of information Good read. Keeps attention. Great information in a short read. Provokes thought on safety issues farmers face daily that are not evident to one's not in the trade

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This short work is a both a synopsis of a grain accident that took place in Mount Carroll, Illinois in July 2010 and the story of the lone survivor, Will Piper, in the years following. Grain bin work is extremely dangerous, and if workers do not follow safety procedures . . .

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    Depressing but interesting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terri Barrett

    Heartbreaking! I was reluctant to read this book as my husband works at a Grain Elevator. This is a very heartbreaking story, but one that I think needed to be told.

  27. 4 out of 5

    candice dennison

    Ok Great story, very sad. Can't say I was thrilled by the way it was written. The story seemed to drag on into unrelated topics. Ok Great story, very sad. Can't say I was thrilled by the way it was written. The story seemed to drag on into unrelated topics.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patricia T Marsh

    review Well told tragic occurrence that could have been prevented by the enforcement of regulations in place at the time of the accident.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Linda Rusche

    Incredibly tragic and eye opening story telling. So sad.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linzi Pumpelly

    Good book Was not aware it was a true story until I saw the picture. Written well. Very sad but worth the read

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