title: The Illustrated Man
author: Ray Bradbury
genre: Fiction, short stories, love, loss, life
suggested by: Anne Rice
dates read: June 21st – June 22nd
review: 5 of 5 stars
summary: The Illustrated Man has been traveling around for 40 years, finding work where he can, displaying the tattoos that cover his body as a carnaval show. But as night falls, the illustrations start to move, which aren’t as charming to the customers. Eventually he is fired and forced to look for his next job. Each illustration tells a story of the future. 18 illustrations and 18 stories: bittersweet, terrifying, beautiful, and thoughtful.
personal thoughts: Bradbury does it again. His stories made me think, some were tragic in their loneliness and sorrow, others were simple but still beautiful and profound. Still others were horrifying in their destruction and depravity. There were many set in space or on Mars, almost always painting the future as grim, making me thankful that’s not where our future is headed. Or is it? Much of what Bradbury writes about is more about the thought processes of society. While the technology might not exist, the hangups and vices do. However, throughout the grim, he also paints pictures of hope and childlike wonder and beauty.
“The abstraction had returned and he was a thing of dull concrete, forever falling nowhere.” p. 36
“I slept again, with the little vial of magical dust in my pajama pocket, over my beating heart.” p. 95
“I don’t want evidence that you can carry in your mind and always touch and smell and feel. But there’s no way to do that. YOu can’t carry the Earth, or a man, in your pocket. want a way to do that, carry things with me always, so I can believe in them.” p. 151