Top positive review
3 July 2015
In the character of Douglas, Bradbury manages to catch that fleeting moment in time when we are still connected to the child's sense of wonder at the mystery and beauty of the universe and the sheer joy of being alive, but also have acquired the adult ability to reflect and bring a coherent narrative structure to our existence. A moment when the soul is still wide open and the mind is aware of it.
All too soon the universe shrinks down to the mundane: school, exams, jobs, careers, mortgages, bills. The mind busies itself in facts and logic. The joy of life shrivels into the search for entertainment. The soul shrivels.
This book is unlikely to be enjoyed or fully appreciated by young people. But those who have a perspective both on childhood and adulthood and who see how much we and others have lost along the way, these people cannot help but be moved, heart and soul.
I for one regard this as one of the finest novels ever written.