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Book Information: Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids (1958) [Novel]
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Recounts the exploits of fifteen teenage reformatory boys evacuated to a remote mountain village in wartime. The narrator who acts as nominal leader of the small band, his younger brother and their comrades are all delinquent outcasts, feared and detested by the local peasants. When plague breaks out, their hosts abandon them and flee, then blockade them inside the empty village, together with a young Korean, an army deserter and a girl evacuee. However, the boys' brief, doomed attempt to build autonomous lives of self-respect, love, and tribal valour inevitably fails with the reflux of death and the adult nightmare of war.

Original title: 芽むしり仔撃ち (Memushiri kōchi) [Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids]
Alternative titles: Pluck the Bud and Destroy the Offspring
Original languages: Japanese

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Genre: FictionHistoricalWorld War IIGeneral
FictionHistoricalAsiaJapan
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics
FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives
FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)

Edition #1: Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids

Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids (1958)
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Language: English

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Nip the Buds, Kill the Kids (July 1, 2000)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Marian Boyers
ISBN: 0714529974
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.8 x 0.8 in
Pages: 189

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Nip the Buds, Kill the Kids (June 13, 1996)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802134637
Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.2 x 0.7 in
Pages: 192

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Nip the Buds, Kill the Kids (0)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Kodansha International
ISBN: 4770019815
Pages: 190

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