Saturday, February 14, 2009

A Chronicle of Wonder

The Martian Chronicles (Grand Master Edition) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This isn't really a review of The Martian Chronicles. It's just a reminder that you want to read it.

It is beautifully written and often moving. Bradbury's prose is often pure poetry. The title suggests it is about the red planet that we've seen through the eyes of NASA's robots, but that's not so. It is more about men than Martians and while the setting is otherworldly, the stories are very American.

Stories, by the way, not story. This is a novel in the broadest sense of the term. It is really a collection of stories on a theme, some related to others, some not. I have a great personal fondness for “Usher II,” which has often been excerpted in anthologies. May all censors visit such a house.

That's all I want to say. If you love beautiful writing you will find much to inspire you here.

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