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The Playground (Singles Classic) by [Bradbury, Ray]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2087 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (1 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XVYLEO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,301 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This very short story was apparently published originally in a magazine and along with the first edition of Fahrenheit 451, so this short Kindle edition is the first time it has appeared in a self-standing edition. This is quite a chilling piece on adults' perceptions of the dangers children experience during their hours of play and the lengths to which parents can go to protect them from these real or perceived dangers. 4/5
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Nice tense little story. Suffers a little from not seeming that original, which is slightly unfair given that it probably was in its day. However I can only speak as I find. Worth a read though.
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The story grips the reader from the beginning. Simple but profound and deliciously frightening. The story seeps you into it's bowels and you are frightened but cannot stop.
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This was not what I was expecting, and I did not enjoy it. Perhaps it was as well that it was so short
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little too close to home... 31 Dec. 2010
By N. Merrell - Published on Amazon.com
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A great read if you have a cup of hot tea...you'll finish before the tea goes cold. I particularly love Bradbury's description of the Playground, the imagery can almost be smelled and touched. The way he weaves this story is a cultural testimony to American childhood, and to parenthood. And having a young son myself, living not far from several playgrounds, this story hit a little close to home. Unfortunately, living in the suburbs means that the biggest scares for my young kids are not the anguishes of this story, but the fears of plastic swings, splinters from wood chips, and runaway scooters. So, enjoy this taste of Bradbury's best, from the safety of your couch and Kindle.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hairy scary 15 Jun. 2010
By Terry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have always loved Ray Bradbury and have never read this short story. I loved it. It was so "Twilight Zone". I read it at night on my Kindle and was a little disturbed/scared with the ending. I wish Kindle had more stories by Ray Bradbury. I would read all of them but maybe not at night.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Bradbury! 30 Dec. 2011
By Rusty - Published on Amazon.com
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Great little short story, mysterious and dark. I love Ray Bradbury, great author and great writing, only thing is I kinda saw where this story was going after the first few pages of this short story.. Not really any surprise ending here..
Overall: B+ (Enjoyable short read)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Runs Amuck at The Playground 10 Mar. 2012
By tvtv3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ray Bradbury is not a fan of ebooks or electronic media in general. Bradbury is quoted as saying, "We have too many cellphones. We've got too many internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now." Therefore, there isn't very much Bradbury material available in digital format. One of the few that is out there is Bradbury's short story "The Playground."

The protagonist of the story is Charles Underhill, a widower who is trying to raise his young son Jim as best as he can with the help of his sister Carol. The featured setting of the story is a playground not far from the Underhill home. Playgrounds are usually pictured as being happy places where children can have fun and just be children. When Underhill passes the playground near his home, he doesn't get any positive feelings. Instead, he's convinced the place is evil and his walks past the place recall memories from the recesses of his mind of unhappy experiences he had in the playgrounds of his youth. It was when he first starting going to the playground as a child that his happy childhood slipped away. He's determined that Jim will not experience those things and is determined to keep Jim away from the playground. However, Carol has different feelings and believes Jim should go to the playground. Underhill wrestles with his own negative emotions and his sister's reasonable logic. In addition, there's a young boy at the playground who has an uncanny resemblance to one of Underhill's acquaintances. This boy doesn't behave exactly like the other children and he stares at Underhill each time he passes. It is this boy who has a key to unlocking the mystery of "The Playground."

"The Playground" is a great short horror story. Bradbury is a master of setting the mood and tone of a story and then using that to influence the setting. "The Playground" is a perfect example of this. The characters aren't necessarily the strongest, for instance Mr. Underhill, Tommy, and the Manager are all reminiscent of similar characters in other, earlier Bradbury works. However, the mood and tone that Bradbury set's is perfect and gives the characters a world of their own.

This is a must read story for anyone who enjoys horror stories and anyone who is a fan of Ray Bradbury.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Playground Ain't Just Fun And Games 17 Oct. 2011
By Quincy Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The story is interesting in that the playground represents the pain of this life that we must allow our children to face. The playground is not a metaphor of fun in this story, no it is a metaphor for hell. The father, Charles, steps into the situation to "save" his son by making a "deal with the devil." Presumably the deal helps his Jim, but it forces Charles to relive a time of terror. Again going back is not a time of joy but pain. The love for his child caused him to be in "hell" again. One can only wonder if Charles would make the same deal again.
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