[Read] ➫ The Machineries of Joy By Ray Bradbury – Dolove.info

The Machineries of Joy Entertaining although somewhat uneven in quality Bradbury collection of his magazine short stories with emphasis on fantasy and the poetic Stand outs include The One Who Waits, Almost the End of the World, And so died Riabouchinska, and To the Chicago Abyss. A few summers ago, I enacted the Bradbury Challenge read one Bradbury short story every day After reading over 200 short stories, I was worried I d read most of the good ones However, every summer since, I ve picked the Challenge back up, and what can you say about a man who wrote nearly 600 short stories I have yet to read anything by Ray Bradbury which I didn t like Each time I pick up one of his works I walk away nourished Ironically billed on the cover of my paperback edition as the top science fiction writer in the U.S today, Bradbury is really a fantasy writer, and one with a unique voice Generally concerned with familiar and contemporary settings, Bradbury also flexes his language with the sensibilities of a poet, as in his evocation of age The sand fell through the glass beyond counting The snows fell through the glass, too, applying and reapplying whiteness to whiteness Among the gems included in this collection of 21 short stories are quite a number which deal with the topic of death, yet the tone is not so much somber as impassioned, a celebration of the irrational triumph of fleeting life over the certainty of eternal death For Bradbury, death is not a reason to despair or withdraw into nihilism it is an exhilarating force which stimulates the struggle to fulfill the potential of life, however brief.My copy of this paperback is 47 years old and cost me 50 cents The cover has nearly fallen off, the spine threatens to crack in two or three places, and the pages are well yellowed with age Yet, the pleasure its 213 pages afforded me outweighed anything that an equal number of TV channels could hope to match. I m not a fan of this collection as a whole but there are a few standouts All stories have the magical Ray Bradbury prose, but not many of them held my interest.Almost the End of the World A short story about how much we could accomplish if TV suddenly went away A perfumed dog with permanented hair , everything in the town had a fresh coat of paint This book was published in 1964 but it has a timely topic Because of the sunspots, all the towns in all the Western world have had enough silence to last them ten years The protagonists discuss their experience with TV What have we ever seen on TV Saw a woman wrestle a bear two falls out of three, one night Who won Damned if I know Pretty much sums it up.Some Live Like Lazarus A creepy love story about a son and his overbearing Mom.So Died Riabouchinska A man in love with a marionette reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode.Death and the Maiden Another story reminiscent of Twilight Zone an old woman bars her door to Death.To the Chicago Abyss A bleak tale of the future similar to Farenheit 451. I loved this collection of short stories What can I say, Bradbury s writing just hits the right spot in my brain I was hooked from the first paragraph of the first story The style and use of language just press all my buttons In saying that, there was one story, El Dia de Muerte that just completely failed to gel for me I read a few pages but I just didn t care for or about it at all It s difficult to describe but it s like not being able to focus on a magic eye picture With Bradbury I can mostly see the picture from the first sentence or two and get completely entranced, but that just didn t work for me.The cover bills this as a collection of horror stories, but it s really not Some have an aspect of horror, some are plain science fiction, some are fantasy, several are actually non genre and some are just immensely sweet The last story in particular, The Anthem Sprinters was one that I read just before going to bed and I was able to turn out the light with a smile on my face that didn t fade for several minutes A wonderful way to end a brilliant collection. This collection of short fiction ranges over several genres rather than the fantasy science fiction for which the author is known These include macabre tales of life in Mexico in a rather death orientated culture, a story in which an old woman is visited by Death in the guise of a lost young lover who offers her one day as an eighteen year old again, and a tale about a family who are the only ones left after the parents wished everyone else away.The most effective in the book for me were The One Who Waits , a story set on Mars about a strange lifeform, Some Live Like Lazarus in which a woman narrates how she feels about a man she has known from childhood, who had promised to marry her but allowed his domineering mother to come between them, and A Flight of Ravens about the shocking transformation of old friends that a man visits in the hope of finding respite On balance I would give it a 3 star rating. Bradbury is an excellent writer imaginative stories told through potent, imagery laden prose This book was no exception He s most commonly referred to as a Sci Fi writer, and while he has contributed marvelously to that genre, his talents exceed what I typically think of as sci fi writing Some of the best writing in this collection occurs in the story about the maiden courted by death not so much sci fi as fantasy surrealism , the story called The Lifework of Juan Diaz not remotely sci fi , and the story about the beggars in Dublin also not sci fi at all I love Bradbury s flexibility and authenticity I also appreciate reading short stories that give me beautiful language to enjoy and deep thoughts to entertain. Not the best Ray Bradbury collection, but there were some interesting ones in there I think only two of the stories are science fiction, the rest are a melange of topics Some of the stories were bizarre, as in they didn t make a lot of sense and weren t particularly good, but a lot were amusing and sweet I especially liked the story about the mirage in the desert and the story about beggars in Dublin This collection exemplifies why Bradbury didn t like to be referred to as a science fiction writer he s of a fantasy writer There s not much science in his stories, even the ones that take place in space or on other planets My favorite of his books is Dandelion Wine, which is realistic fiction If you are looking for a collection of short stories that shows an amazing breadth of imagination, check out this book. My favourite stories in this collection and the reason i rate it highly are The One Who Waits The Vacation The Drummer Boy of Shiloh Boys Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar And So Died Riabouchinska The Beggar on O Connell Bridge There was many different types of stories in this collection I enjoyed not knowing which kind of stories you are gonna read next The One Who Waits was from the POV of a weird alien waiting for humans to prey on in Mars type of story My fav of the SF horror stories The Beggar on O Connell Bridge was a little wonderful story about a tourist couple in Dublin and how they try to deal with beggars who they feel acts different roles to get sympathy and their money The beggar in the title is different One of several mundane,general fiction type stories in the collection This was one was easily the best A timeless topic to say the least.Interesting enough the only very weak story is the title story. The Machineries Of Joy The One Who Waits Tyrannosaurus Rex The Vacation The Drummer Boy Of Shiloh Boys Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar Almost The End Of The World Perhaps We Are Going Away And The Sailor, Home From The Sea El Dia De Muerte The Illustrated Woman Some Live Like Lazarus A Miracle Of Rare Device And So Died Riabouchinska The Beggar On O Connell Bridge Death And The Maiden A Flight Of Ravens The Best Of All Possible Worlds The Lifework Of Juan Diaz To The Chicago Abyss The Anthem Sprinters

About the Author: Ray Bradbury

Ray Douglas Bradbury, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938 Although his formal education ended there, he became a student of life, selling newspapers on L.A street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at

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