Mini-Review: The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Published August 1st 1982 (first published 1951)
Publisher: Bantam Books

Genre: Science Fiction

Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages:186 pages

The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury --a collection of tales that breathe and move, animated by sharp, intaken breath and flexing muscle. Here are eighteen startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin--visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body.
The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast, empty space of stars and blackness ... the sight of gray dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere ... the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father's clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets.
Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the Grandmaster's premier accomplishments: as exhilarating as interplanetary travel, as maddening as a walk in a million-year rain, and as comforting as simple, familiar rituals on the last night of the world.
He was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could hear the voices murmuring, small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body.

My Review:
Probably the best book we read in school! Ray Brandury just has such an amazing imagination. Take a note he wrote this book in 1951! That is just amazing. This book consist of short stories about a future. There is a message in every story, if you read really careful, or go on Sparknotes to figure some of them out(what I did)Haha.. The stories just captivate you. it brings the impossible to life. Some of the stories are  brutal and shows the future of where people destroy themselves. It also looks at the side of a technology. What humans made to help themselves can easily destroy them. It really gives his strong perspective on future. I would definitely recommend to read it for people who enjoy science fiction and short stories.


  1. I've still been meaning to get round to Fahrenheit 451, now it looks like I have two Bradbury's to check out! Great review :)



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