The Illustrated Man (1951) Review

Author: Ray Bradbury
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics (2011), originally published in 1951 by Doubleday & Company
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 288 pages
ISBN: 0062079972

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5.0
My rating: 9.0/10

First time reading anything Ray Bradbury outside of the random short story in high school English. Why didn’t anyone tell me what I was missing?

Absolute work of art. One of my favorite pieces of literature I’ve ever read from cover to cover. Chilling, hyper realistic, warm and cold in all the right places; a precursor for horror/sci-fi novels and movies of today’s age. Like a retro Black Mirror but better. Space has never had a huge draw for me until now, with Bradbury’s masterful use of description and dialogue. It seems that the theme of “humankind is destroying Earth” wasn’t just a modern concept as Bradbury continually writes on the irony of mankind and their “helpful” (truthfully harmful) ways. In this
case not just on Earth, but throughout the universe.

My two favorite chapters of this novel are without a doubt “The Veldt” and “The Fox and the Forest.”

Will read this one again and again until I die. What a harrowing and beautiful story, told by a plethora of other beautiful stories. Each of the short stories could have gone on for chapters and pages I’m sure, but that’s the beauty of this collection. Highly, highly recommend!

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