LONG AFTER MIDNIGHT by Ray Bradbury
Kirkus Star

LONG AFTER MIDNIGHT

KIRKUS REVIEW

After seven very long years, a new and generous (twenty-two stories) Bradbury collection. At least two Bradburys are in evidence here, of varying interest: the last explorer who showed us the poetry of space and the redundancy of technological gingerbread isn't as much of a revelation as it was a few decades ago. The Bradbury who pursues gentle astonishments just around the corner of our daily boredom is as rewarding as ever. Two of the best stories feature an old priest who casts out the demon of an agonized "chocolate junkie," and a young spaceman, holding long, treasured conversations with a robot replica of Mr. George Bernard Shaw. In the village of Dandelion Wine, twelve-year-old Doug Spaulding desperately resists the food which is "poisoning" his body into adulthood and the classroom learning which is erasing the clear imprint of his child-self. There's an unexpected jeu d'esprit when a Martian kidnapper swipes the Cuban parrot rumored to have committed Papa's (Hemingway) last unwritten novel to memory. In a startlingly bleak vein, a dreadful Mexican trip drives a bullied young wife the last hairsbreadth toward a madness which is the hopeless complement of her husband's. Bradbury has never been afraid of the obvious or sentimental. But it is from the same materials that he draws the more frequent moments which make you think of clean woods after thunderstorms--or a soul-destroying city summer and squandered happiness.
Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1976
ISBN: 0553228676
Page count: 275pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1976




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