A review of this — 4 years ago
Note: I reviewed this in conjunction with The Martian Chronicles.
Two things are surprising about these two classics: they are still relevant almost fifty years later; and the older I get, the more meaning they have for me. I first read these novels as a teenager, but my second reading has revealed nuances that I missed before, and I suspect that I’ll find even more in my third and fourth readings. And reading two novels that deal in separate (but connected) ways with the destruction of the world still, on the cusp of the millennium, has relevance to the problems we face today: censorship; environmental destruction; racial prejudice; short-sightedness in terms of how what we do today will affect the generations that come after us. Anyone familiar with Bradbury knows that his writing is poetical, yet spare – saying quite a lot in only a few pages. I hold these two short novels up with Something Wicked This Way Comes as Bradbury’s triple punch – three books that will have a lasting impact on the people who read them.