Ray Bradbury's remarkable collection of stories -- all told on the skin of a man. Now part of the Voyager Classics collection. 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 ...
Ray Bradbury's remarkable collection of stories -- all told on the skin of a man. Now part of the Voyager Classics collection. 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, 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.
Very Good. 1451678185 1951 Doubleday hard cover-original BCE-minor wear to dust jacket-minor staining to page edge-binding slightly out of square-otherwise cover fine binding strong contents clean-enjoy.
As New in As New jacket. Signed by Author New in new DJ. 6th Impression. Flat-signed by author on full title page. Dust jacket covered with mylar jacket cover. Tight, clean, unread copy, purchased signed from West Coast book store I have been buying from for years. Signed at an author event at the bookstore. Signature guaranteed. Please ask for pictures.
Fine in J New jacket. Later printing, SIGNED on title page by the author--Ray also drew a cool pic of a big staring eye! Book is square, solid, unread, with sharp and unblemished boards. The dustjacket is sharp as a tack, and in a protective mylar Brodart cover. When you receive this book, you'll feel like blasting off to Mars, drinking some dandelion wine, hell, I don't know, maybe even illustrating yourself with a tattoo that says, "Viva Bradbury--live forever! ! "
As New in J As New jacket. Book Club Edition, SIGNED. This is the classis hardcover edition with the cover art of the Illustrated Man sitting on a wooden platform gazing out over a red Martian landscape. This book is square, solid, unread and appears nearly brand new with just some light shelf wear. Its unclipped, Brodart protected dust jacket bears some of the characteristic surface rubbing that you will find on a dustjacket decades old, but it's the sort of effect that only enhances the overall appeal of the book--honest. You'll turn cartwheels of glee when this book gets to you! ! ! Signed: I Signed by Author(s)
Very Fine/Very Fine. 0380973847 The book is beautifully signed by the legendary science fiction writer in black sharpie on the title page. The book was signed in person at an event here in Los Angeles. A photo of the signing will be available to the buyer.
Bradbury's work improves with age, like a good pinot noir. In this age of the ubiquitous tattoo, it's even a more vivid intro.
Oct 16, 2009
The first thing you should know about this book is that it was written as individual stories, previously printed in magazines, that were later compiled together and stuck between a Prologue and Epilogue. That said, each story is enjoyable and a few are outstanding. Bradbury writes decently enough but his real strength is his imagination. He has a way of making the fantastic seem common which makes the stories human; even stories about martians. He also plays off psychological themes and the human experience well. He invented convincing space travel experiences prior to actual space travel. Many of the stories are worthy of multiple reads.
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