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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray…

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962)

by Ray Bradbury

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Hmm... one reviewer said something I think I have to agree with: batshit craziness. This was one weird book. And I found I didn't like it. Firstly I listened to this book on audio and found my mind wandering easily throughout it. I think that might have been the prose and the way Bradbury talked in metaphors a lot. I feel like I need to go back and reread it again just to understand what all was said and implied. Also, I couldn't invest in any of the characters. I got close with Will but barely. I was very close to putting this book down. If it was any longer I might have. But, well now it's off the list. I was a little disappointed with this, as I loved Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451. Oh well. There are some great quotes in this book however. ( )
  Kassilem | Mar 19, 2015 |
Only one by him I could never get into. No idea whyt ( )
  unclebob53703 | Jan 25, 2015 |
Read it ages ago & can't remember it. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
Read it ages ago & can't remember it. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
Ray Bradbury’s tale of a sinister carnival is dated in setting, the smalltown America it depicts was being overtaken even at the time of writing, but the story itself remains compelling. It reads now as something of a requiem for a long gone era of innocent childhoods and long hot summers. And that’s part of the book’s point, it was always a meditation on having to grow up.

It remains powerful though, primarily through Bradbury’s evocative prose and vivid imagery. A fairytale is only as good as its boogeymen and the boogeymen here are memorably awful – a train made from bones, a carousel of time, an inescapable mirror maze, the illustrated man, the balloon witch and of course Cooger and Dark themselves. Bradbury’s best trick is to take away all of the heroes’ refuges until their showdown with the carnival is inevitable. It’s all rendered in a dreamlike atmosphere, as eerie as a prose David Lynch. The era of the carnival may have gone, but this book ensures it casts an unsettlingly long shadow. ( )
  JonArnold | Jan 20, 2015 |
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Man is in love, and loves what vanishes.
W.B. Yeats

They sleep not, except they have done mischief;
And their sleep is taken away,
  unless they cause some to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And they drink the wine of violence.
Proverbs 4:16-17

I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.
Stubb in Moby Dick
With gratitude to
Jennet Johnson
who taught me how to write the short story
and to
Snow Longley Housh
who taught me poetry at Los Angeles High School a long time ago
and to
Jack Guss
who helped with this novel not so long ago
With love to the memory of GENE KELLY, whose performances influenced and changed my life
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The seller of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm.
First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys. (from the Prologue)
Why love the woman who is your wife? Her nose breathes in the air of a world that I know; therefore I love that nose. Her ears hear music I might sing half the night through; therefore I love her ears. Her eyes delight in seasons of the land; and so I love those eyes. Her tongue knows quince, peach, chokeberry, mint and lime; I love to hear it speaking. Because her flesh knows heat, cold, affliction, I know fire, snow, and pain. Shared and once again shared experience. Billions of prickling textures. Cut one sense away, cut part of life away. Cut two senses; life halves itself on the instant. We love what we know, we love what we are. Common cause, common cause, of mouth, eye, ear, tongue, hand, nose, flesh, heart, and soul.
"Sometimes the man who looks happiest in town, with the biggest smile, is the one carrying the biggest load of sin. There are smiles and smiles; learn to tell the dark variety from the light. The seal-barker, laugh-shouter, half the time he's covering up. He's had his fun and he's guilty. And men do love sin. Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors, and smells. Times come when troughs, not tables, suit our appetites. Hear a man too loudly praising others and look to wonder if he didn't just get up from the sty. On the other hand, that unhappy, pale, put-upon man walking by, who looks all guilt and sin, why, often that's your good man with a capitol G, Will. For being good is a fearful occupation; men strain at it and sometimes break in two. I've known a few. You work twice as hard to be a farmer as his to be his hog. I suppose it's thinking about being good that makes the crack run up the wall one night. A man with high standards, too, the least hair falls on him sometimes wilts his spine. He can't let himself alone, won't lift himself off the hook if he falls just a breath from grace."
And, Will thought, here comes the carnival, Death like a rattle in one hand, Life like candy in the other; shake one to scare you, offer one to make your mouth water. Here comes the side show, both hands full!
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0380729407, Mass Market Paperback)

A masterpiece of modern Gothic literature, Something Wicked This Way Comes is the memorable story of two boys, James Nightshade and William Halloway, and the evil that grips their small Midwestern town with the arrival of a "dark carnival" one Autumn midnight. How these two innocents, both age 13, save the souls of the town (as well as their own), makes for compelling reading on timeless themes. What would you do if your secret wishes could be granted by the mysterious ringmaster Mr. Dark? Bradbury excels in revealing the dark side that exists in us all, teaching us ultimately to celebrate the shadows rather than fear them. In many ways, this is a companion piece to his joyful, nostalgia-drenched Dandelion Wine, in which Bradbury presented us with one perfect summer as seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old. In Something Wicked This Way Comes, he deftly explores the fearsome delights of one perfectly terrifying, unforgettable autumn. --Stanley Wiater

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