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A classic collection of stories all told on the skin of a man from the author of Fahrenheit 451 If El Greco had painted miniatures in his prime, no bigger than your hand, infinitely detailed, with his sulphurous colour and exquisite human anatomy, perhaps he might have used this man s body for his art.Yet the Illustrated Man has tried to burn the illustrations off He s tried sandpaper, acid, and a knife Because, as the sun sets, the pictures glow like charcoals, like scattered gems They quiver and come to life Tiny pink hands gesture, tiny mouths flicker as the figures enact their stories voices rise, small and muted, predicting the future Here are sixteen tales sixteen illustrations.the seventeenth is your own future told on the skin of the Illustrated Man....

Title : The Illustrated Man (Flamingo Modern Classics)
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ISBN : 0006479227
ISBN13 : 978-0006479222
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Flamingo Auflage New Ed 14 November 2005
Number of Pages : 304 Seiten
File Size : 597 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Illustrated Man (Flamingo Modern Classics) Reviews

  • Romy Helm
    2019-03-14 04:55

    Gutes Buch, interessante Story!Sehr schön gebunden und praktisch für unterwegs!Liegt sehr angenehm in der Hand.Kann ich nur empfehlen

  • Michael Battaglia
    2019-03-22 06:40

    This is one of those "must own" books that you always hear about, in a hundred years this and a handful of other Bradbury books will be considering classics of American literature. Basically a collection of about a guy who has all this illustrations on his body that shows the stories to an unnamed observer. Personally I have no idea why he bothered with the Illustrated Man concept, the stories stand on their own just fine, though it does give him the opportunity to give a great sucker punch ending. And the concept is basically ignored after the second story but hey when the stuff is this good who am I to complain? The stories themselves, like I said are all excellent, some more than others but it's mostly the distinction between "real good" and "really really really good". The highlights are the opening "The Veldt" which is classic Bradbury and some story about some guys on Venus who are going crazy from getting rained on and a few others. Most of his stories are science-fictional, often revolving in one way or another around rockets but Bradbury deals less with actual science and more about fantasy and dreams, leading to some real good touching moments, above all his stories are about people, they just happened to be set in the future on Mars. Some are sentimental, some are creepy, some are funny but all are good. And it's quick reading, so you have no excuse. Get it today

  • None
    2019-03-16 01:46

    The book I am reviewing is The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. Before I start summarizing the book, I have to say that this book was an ingenius idea for a collection of short stories. The book is about a man who meets the Illustrated man, a former circus freak who claims that his tattoos,covering him from shoulder to toe, were drawn by a woman who came from the future. He also claims that she said that each tattoo tells a story about the future. The man soon finds that this is true, seeing stories about space travel and the end of the world. This plot serves as a great way to tell the stories, with the man describing what he sees on the illustrated man1s back. The stories themselves are a great amount of fun to read and are very descriptive, in the Bradbury tradition.The stories are about everything from spaceships to Mars colonies. All in all, this is a great book

  • bernie (xyzzy)
    2019-03-14 04:56

    "Eighteen illustrations, eighteen tales." "The illustrations came to life..."A man is encountered who has skin Illustrations all over his body. Each illustration represents a tale from the future. The illustrations come to life and tell a tale of doom or impending doom. In this way ray Bradbury can tell related but different tales in this book. Its Bradbury's writing style and dialogue that holds you as much as the storyline.At first they are intriguing and fresh. Later they don't as much repeat but are similar in form and function.One of the best "The Veldt" is first. Of course everyone will have a different favorite.I suggest that you make your cats leave the room if you read out loud.

  • None
    2019-03-05 05:41

    Not only is the writing style cinematically vivid and descriptive, the content and ideas are the most creative, intriguing tales I have ever been lucky enough to read.When I got near the end of the book, I would check the table of contents after each story just to make sure there were a few more... eventually, there weren't any more, so now I'm here on Amazon looking for more stories of his.Those people who reviewed these stories as being 'very stupid'... you are entitled to your own opinion, but I can barely believe you even read the book.Thank you.

  • None
    2019-03-20 01:39

    While this fascinating collection of short stories certainly has its share of interesting situations, many of them, especially toward the middle, were not as creative as I had hoped. Perhaps this is because I read The Martian Chronicles only months earlier, but it seems as if Bradbury, though a terrific author, dwells on the same ideas in all of his collections. I still found some of the stories enjoyable and would recommend this book to others, but it is not as good as The Martian Chronicles or Something Wicked This Way Comes.

  • None
    2019-03-01 08:27

    I was NOT forced to read this wonderful book, and I was NOT "pulled away from video games and TV" to read it (that "stereotype" offends me). I enjoyed this book because it had some ideas that I have never thought about before (no, not all 13 year olds are idiots who can't think deeply), such as ZERO HOUR. Some stories were neat because you could see what people thought the future would be like. It is a window into the darker side of technology and mankind, and is NOT RESTRICTED TO STEREOTYPICAL ADULTS-KIDS CAN READ IT TOO.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-03-17 08:54

    This was an extremely good one-day read. It's short, entertaining, and completely worth devoting a few aimless hours to. This was my first exposure to Bradbury, and it did not disappoint in the least. Though probably classified as sci-fi due to the overall themes and the author's writing history, this book belongs, in my opinion, in the horror genre. Not all of the stories are particularly frightening, but many of them convey such a sense of dread and terror, much appealing to the psychological aspect, that it left me a bit less prepared to sleep in a dark room that night. One in particular that stands out is 'the Veldt', in which future-modern home technology turns devastatingly bad on some of its owners' intended victims. This book is worth a look, for certain, but can be picked up in most decent used book stores for much less than the new list price.