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4.0 out of 5 stars Loss Longing and sorrow
This is a short story collection old and new, collecting both old works and some written for this volume. But the theme of the volume is aging, and loss, and - somehow - of life itself.

The inimitable Bradbury style is there, but the stories are not really science fiction, or fantasy, or even horror, although some might fall into one or more categories...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pathetically vain
We all know Ray Bradbury. We all know he has written some of the best and most disquieting stories in the world, after WW2. But this volume of short stories is very uneven, at least. Some stories are quite interesting, but some other are the pathetic love letters of an old man, a very old man, to life, even and especially when he speaks of death. The point is that there...
Published on 10 Nov 2004 by Jacques COULARDEAU


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3.0 out of 5 stars Pathetically vain, 10 Nov 2004
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This review is from: One More for the Road (Paperback)
We all know Ray Bradbury. We all know he has written some of the best and most disquieting stories in the world, after WW2. But this volume of short stories is very uneven, at least. Some stories are quite interesting, but some other are the pathetic love letters of an old man, a very old man, to life, even and especially when he speaks of death. The point is that there is absolutely no commitment to any human values like freedom, happiness, creativity, except in one way, what he calls himself a very selfish way : his freedom soon to be questioned by death, his happiness that has to be satisfied by the world and other people, even dead writers, his creativity that he sums up to drowning in metaphors. But all that is vain and of no value for the reader. What proof does he have that the very young and talented author he met once would have been anything else but a derelict forty years later. And anyway why did he turned up a derelict forty years later ? Where is the cause, where is the explanation ? Nowhere in the story where Ray Bradbury just uses a time-machine to confront the derelict with what he was forty years before, as if the key to the future was in the hands of this young man, as if the only one responsible for his dereliction forty years later were him and him only. There is no compassion for anyone in this book. And the love scene between the two old people in one of the story is absurd, even if he may tell us it is his own experience. It is absurd because it is vain : at seventy one will never be seventeen again, not even in one's head, mind or soul. This is a caricature. These stories are maybe good for some men's magazine but I understand why they were sold for nearly nothing in London in october 2004. The English at least seem to know what is pathetic or even vain and absurd.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loss Longing and sorrow, 31 Jan 2014
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John Middleton (Brisbane, QLD, AUST) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One More for the Road (Paperback)
This is a short story collection old and new, collecting both old works and some written for this volume. But the theme of the volume is aging, and loss, and - somehow - of life itself.

The inimitable Bradbury style is there, but the stories are not really science fiction, or fantasy, or even horror, although some might fall into one or more categories. Certainly all the stories are readable and thought-provoking: for all that there is not actually a hitchiking skeleton in the book...well, there sort of is.

As I read more Bradbury, I see how his works fit together and interrelate. This is a vital part of those works, and if you like Bradbury, you should read this. I dont know that I would start reading Bradury here - start with October Country, or Something Wicked, F451 or the Martian Chronicles - and in time enough you will get to this.
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