Bradbury, I took a lot of time to finish your book. Not because the stories were complicated to read or because this collection was a big one, it was for the simple reason that I wanted to savor the aftertaste of each and every one of the tales. After I finished a tale, I closed the book and my eyes to relive those images you so vividly explained. You made me relive my childhood days of carefree wanderings and never ending hours of play. How as a child you never feel the sun as you play Dear Mr. How as a child you never feel the sun as you play on and on for hours altogether and yet come back home still raring to go.
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He shows up in Ireland at his large mansion and gets some warning from the cab driver. Douglas laughs it off and approaches the house and is allowed in by the eccentric director.
John takes the screenplay and begins thumbing through it, dropping papers on the floor as he walks and screaming how brilliant it is, which is stroking the ego of John and is intentional. He is passive—aggressive and begins to toy with the young writer. At one point, he reads aloud a review that Douglas got from the London Times, and it becomes derogatory.
As Douglas lunges for the paper to read it, John throws it in the fireplace, and said he was just pulling his leg. John really gets under the skin of the younger writer and exploits his insecurities. A howling is heard from outside and John begins talking of the banshee and how the presence of one is an indication of death, which could just be the end for the two. Douglas scoffs, but John challenges him and he goes outside in the dark to see if the banshee is real and that is when he comes face to face with a woman in white, the Banshee Jennifer Dale.
This is where the tale takes a quick nosedive. The Banshee begins talking about the cruelty of the man in the house but speaking of it in such an unrealistic and detached way. Initially, there was some hope of a creepy tale, but the introduction of the banshee and lackluster delivery slowed it down dramatically and removed all hope for some scares. He played the role in a fun and likable way, even though he was being a dick most of the time. There was the feeling that he was threatened by him, but I also felt that he liked him as well and was just picking on him a bit for kicks.
Had they just focused on scaring the audience rather than this sad banshee angle, it would have played out much better. I still recommend it but I would say that it is disappointing when all is considered. Rating: 5.
Bradbury's Short Stories
Each has selections with no overlap between the two books. His mother told him to stay away from the water. He went in anyway. He had to look around and call out a name. His young friend, Tally, had drowned there the previous year. Harris visits Dr.
Long After Midnight
I bought this paperback in, roughly, in either Waldenbooks or B. I read a few of the stories but then it sat on my shelf for nearly 30 years before, repacking some books, I found it again and decided to read it through. Ray Bradbury is an odd writer to discuss in this day and age. He has a bit of a reputation for a treacly or mawkish tone to his work which may or may not be deserved, depending on your tolerance for such things as idyllic reminiscences and small town Americana. Bradbury, more than any writer I know, is able to conjure up the endless summers and autumns of the pre and just-post adolescent as lived in middle America in the early part of the 20th century. It is as if all of his mental recorders were running at full tilt at this age, noting and storing every sensory impulse to later be conjured forth in service of delicate moments and bitterseet characters in sad and wonderful stories.
Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales
He shows up in Ireland at his large mansion and gets some warning from the cab driver. Douglas laughs it off and approaches the house and is allowed in by the eccentric director. John takes the screenplay and begins thumbing through it, dropping papers on the floor as he walks and screaming how brilliant it is, which is stroking the ego of John and is intentional. He is passive—aggressive and begins to toy with the young writer. At one point, he reads aloud a review that Douglas got from the London Times, and it becomes derogatory.
Banshee (short story)
The cabbie says that Hampton left one wife to take another. Is this a joke? A mistake? An Irish colloquialism? I am too fatigued with RBT to care at this point. Hampton greets Rogers at the door. He immediately begins pulling pages from the file, glancing at them, and dropping them to the floor.