I Sing the Body Electric and Other Stories

I Sing the Body Electric and Other Stories

Book - 1998
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The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Ray Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Linkoln out of the grave--and meet another who puts him back. An amazing Electrical Grandmother may come to live with a grieving family. An old parrort may have learned over long evenings to imitate the voice of Ernest Hemingway, and become the last link to the last link to the great man. A priest on Mars may confront his fondest dream: to meet the Messiah. Each of these magnificient creations has something to tell us about our own humanity--and all of their fates await you in this new trade edition of twenty-eight classic Bradbury stories and one luscious poem. Travel on an unpredictable and unforgettable literary journey--safe in the hands of the century's great men of imagination.

The mind of Ray Bradbury is a wonder-filled carnival of delight and terror that stretches from the verdant Irish countryside to the coldest reaches of outer space. Yet all his work is united by one common thread: a vivid and profound understanding of the vast set of emotions that bring strength and mythic resonance to our frail species. Ray Bradbury characters may find themselves anywhere and anywhen. A horrified mother may give birth to a strange blue pyramid. A man may take Abraham Lincoln out of the grave--and meet another who puts him back. An amazing Electrical Grandmother may come to live with a grieving family. An old parrot may have learned over long evenings to imitate the voice of Ernest Hemingway, and became the last link to the great man. A priest on Mars may confront his fondest dream: to meet the Messiah. Each of these magnificent creations has something to tell us about our humanity--and all of their fates await you in this new trade edition of twenty-eight classic Bradbury stories and one luscious poem. Travel on an unpredictable and unforgettable literary journey--safe in the hands of one the centurys great men of imagination.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, [1998]
ISBN: 9780380789627
0380789620
Characteristics: x, 322 pages ; 22 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 03, 2019

One of my favorite Bradbury collections, and this edition includes several stories not in the original edition. When I read Bradbury as a young person, I thought he wrote about youth. I know now that he often wrote about the gap in understanding between youth and old age. Another important theme is the joy of everyday life.

Some of my favorite stories in this collection include two which were made into fine TV movies: “I Sing the Body Electric” (filmed as *The Electric Grandmother* with Maureen Stapleton) and “Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby is a Friend of Mine” (filmed with Fred Gwynne as “Charlie Dickens”). Both are moving stories about how we handle grief and failure and how what we pretend to be can become reality. Also here is “Tomorrow’s Child,” about a couple who give birth to a child who seems to be a small blue pyramid but who actually has been born into a different dimension. These three stories are certainly in Bradbury’s top twenty tales in his career.

There are several of Bradbury’s Irish stories, four Mars stories, and two clever murder stories in which no murder takes place. Above all, this collection is a great tribute to Bradbury’s humanity and optimism.

Don't forget that the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies is here in Indianapolis at IUPUI. 2020 is the centennial celebration of Bradbury’s birth and the Center will be hosting many events.

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