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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. That The Illustrated Man has remained in print since being published in is fair testimony to the universal appeal of Ray Bradbury’s work. Only his second collection the first was Dark Carnivallater reworked into The October Countryit is a marvelous, if mostly dark, quilt of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

In an ingenious framework to open and close the boo That The Illustrated Man has remained in print since being published in is fair testimony to the universal appeal of Ray Bradbury’s work. In an ingenious framework to open and close the book, Bradbury presents himself as a nameless narrator who meets the Illustrated Man–a wanderer whose entire body is a living canvas of exotic tattoos. What’s even more remarkable, and increasingly disturbing, is that the illustrations are themselves magically alive, and each proceeds to unfold its own story, such as “The Veldt,” wherein rowdy children take a game of virtual reality way over the edge.

Or “Kaleidoscope,” a heartbreaking portrait of stranded astronauts about to reenter our atmosphere–without the benefit of a spaceship. Or “Zero Hour,” in which invading aliens have discovered a most logical ally–our own children. Even though most were written in the s and s, these 18 classic stories will be just as chillingly effective 50 years from now. PaperbackVoyager Classics 33pages. International Fantasy Award Nominee for Fiction To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Illustrated Manplease sign up. Hey, I’m not sure what this book is exactly about? It seems interesting so can anyone tell me what it is about? Charles Shepherd If you’ve ever watched the original Twilight Zone think of that then replace the narrator at the begining of those episodes with a wondering man …more If you’ve ever watched the original Twilight Zone think of that then replace the narrator at the begining of those episodes with a wondering man covered in magic tattoos less.

What would you say is the best story in the collection? Thrilling, imaginative, and the message just hits hard, man. See all 7 questions about The Illustrated Man….

Lists with This Book. Jan 29, Lyn rated it really liked it.

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

I read a review once that described Robert A. Heinlein as a creepy old uncle who drinks too much at parties and who makes embarrassing comments, but who everyone likes in spite of his outdated ways — kind of a loveable rogue. Ray Bradbury, similar but by contrast, is like the dotty old chete whom everyone cannot help but love and who overlook his eccentricities.

His stories are as warm and imaginative as a summer afternoon. And all due respect to Fahrenheitwhich is a fine novel, but I I read a review bradbur that described Robert A. The Illustrated Man is a collection of short stories, many that take up from the The Martian Chronicles with his fascination with Mars as an alternate reality, loosely connected with a centerpiece of a tattooed carnival worker whose body art moves and shifts and tells stories.


Wonderfully imaginative, quintessential Bradbury. View all 30 comments.

Lee Fantastically astute review. Dec 30, Lyn Thanks Lee Dec 30, Ray Bradbury was an absolute master storyteller whose writing was creative and full of moments of pure bitter irony: Bradbury picks the bones of society clean; he gnaws at them until he exposes the reality of the marrow beneath.

Each story in here has a piece of wisdom to share, a resolution or disaster that could have been easily avoided if man was not so corrupt in his ways. The more I read of his writing the more convinced I become that Ray Bradbury was an absolute master storyteller whose writing was creative and full of moments of pure bitter irony: The more I read of his writing the more convinced I become that he was a misanthrope.

Time and time again he creates a situation that is pure and good; yet, somehow man destroys it with his self-obsessed stupidity. And this is his point: He saw that man was ruining earth, so he looked to give him a fresh start.

As with the equally as excellent collection of short stories The Martian Chronicles, the planet Mars plays a vital role in the narrative. For Bradbury it represented something new and something clean, a means to rejuvenate and become something more than we are. Within the writing there is a glimpse of hope an almost extinguished spark that we can improve and become better; it is faint, though it is there. It’s just we’re a different kind each day.

We think, I’m not a fool today. I’ve learned my lesson.

I was a fool yesterday but not this morning. Then tomorrow we find out that, yes, we were a fool today too. I think the only way we can grow and get on in this world is to accept the fact we’re not perfect and live accordingly. It is the words of a man who feared for the future, who feared that one day stories would not be allowed such freedom.

I find the idea of the illustrated man, a man bradbbury is covered in tattoos that shift and change telling new stories with every dawn, so clever. This leads me on to my only criticism: View all 7 comments. They were all really futuristic and most had to do with Mars in some way, which I thought was cool. Most of the stories also bardbury very clear moral lessons, so they’re great stories to read aloud maybe not to small children, but I’m sure older kids would enjoy them.

My favorite stories are: Overall, a fairly enjoyable collection. View all 5 comments. When his flesh twitched, the tiny mouths flickered, the tiny green-and-gold eyes winked, the tiny pink hands gestured. There were yellow meadows and blue rivers and mountains and stars and suns and planets spread in a Milky Way across his chest.

The people themselves were in twenty or more odd groups upon hi ” The people themselves cohetw in twenty or more odd groups upon his arms, shoulders, back, sides, and wrists, as well as on the flat of his stomach. You found them in forests of hair, lurking among a constellation of freckles, or peering from armpit caverns, diamond eyes aglitter.


Each seemed intent upon his own activity; each was a separate gallery portrait. Ray Bradbury had an uncanny ability to describe bradburg so vividly that my mind automatically generates clear hi-def image even as I read the words. As if Bradbury conjured images with his words rather than just writing them.

He wanted to write about humanity in his imagined scenarios. The whys are always more important than the hows for him. My favourite cover, I always like the “on the nose” ones. Mars is Bradbury’s go-to planets for aliens and rockets the space vehicle of choice. So, this being an sf collection Mars and rockets are featured in most stories, no FTL drives here probably because all the stories take place within our solar system mostly just Earth and Mars – with one exception.

There are 18 stories here, wrapped within a great frame story featuring the titular Illustrated Man, he of the weird animated tattoos so beautifully described in the quoted paragraph above: When a virtual reality nursery insist on showing tay African veldt with hungry lions I think an appropriate modern tagline for this story would be “Shit Just Got Real”.

A tale of bad parenting and over indulging kids, I don’t think Bradbury would have liked to ep in an auto-house. Kaleidoscope – After a rocket fall apart while in space the astronauts begin to float off in all directions. Here death is shown to be a great leveler. Also a rumination on the “quality of death”, regret, redemption, and peace of mind as the end approaches. Mars has been entirely colonized by black people for 20 years.

One day a rocket arrive with a crew of whites, will all hell break lose? I like the way the kids are all excited about seeing their first white people. The Highway – The world ends except in countryside, where the rural protagonist’s scope of the world is defined by his immediate pastoral settings.

The Man – Rumours of the Messiah on Mars, not so much the Second Coming as the First such arrival, you gotta have faith-a-faith-a-faith. The Long Rain – This is actually my favorite story in this collection, it is set on Venus for a change where it pelts down with rain all the time, very visceral, especially as it was raining when I was reading it. A sad story about an astronaut so addicted to space he forsakes his family.

The Fire Balloons – Sentient and enlightened Martian balloons. Short short stories shouldn’t be described at length! The Last Night of the World – What it says on the tin but without any scene of explosions or death and destruction. It’s just like any other day really.

The Exiles – The year is actually mentioned here, it’s and Man is about to arrive on Mars. Unfortunately it is already occupied by the witches from Macbeth le other creatures from supernatural tales banned on Earth. This story is similar in theme to Fahrenheit No Particular Night or Morning – This story reminds me of the old philosophical question “When a tree falls in a lonely forest, and ek animal is near by to hear it, does it make a sound?