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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553205455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553205459
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,410,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Besides the title story, this collection includes 28 of the great Bradbury's other stories, including "Heavy Set," "The Parrot Who Met Papa," and "The Lost City of Mars." The selections represent a nice array of Bradbury's work from the 1940s to the 1970s, with some straight sf mixed with more lighthearted fare.
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Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 - June 5, 2012) published some 500 short stories, novels, plays and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was twenty years old. Among his many famous works are 'Fahrenheit 451,' 'The Illustrated Man,' and 'The Martian Chronicles.'

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It's Bradbury, so of course the stories are amazing.
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If you've never read anything by Ray Bradbury, I highly recommend you pick up one of his many fine books.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on February 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
A lovely short story + 1 poem collection, with some Martian and Royal Hibernian cheek by jowl. My review is in alphabetical order rather than presentation order, for ease of reference.
"Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's is a Friend of Mine" - One fine summer's day, a man arrived at the train station in Green Town, Illinois - giving the name Charles Dickens.
"Christus Apollo" - A poem, speculating on how many worlds in the wide universe have seen the birth of a Christ child.
"The Cold Wind and the Warm" - The Royal Hibernian Hotel in Dublin is having a dull winter, when six male ballet dancers descend out of the blue for a 24 hour stay, looking for an unlikely new place.
"Downwind from Gettysburg" - Phipps says that's where we must stand, the only hearing place. (He's always dreamed of making a movie with a farmer and his son standing at the edge of the crowd listening to Lincoln's address.). Instead, he built a tourist attraction in Illinois with a robot Lincoln - and someone has now 'assassinated' the robot.
"The Haunting of the New" - Another story near Dublin's Royal Hibernian Hotel, but not with the same characters. Nora's family has lived at Grynwood for the last 200 years, each generation wilder than the last. (On Charlie's first visit, two rival ballet mobs, separated by a language barrier (Manhattan vs. Hamburg) were visiting, along with a Duchess. Nora greeted Charlie stark-naked at the front door, only to have the Duchess strip down in response as she came in.) Sometimes Marion brings his Pekingnese dog troupe, which always gets drunker and sicker than he. Now (years later) Nora offers to sell Grynwood to Charlie - and for the first time, the house has no weekend guests. What happened?
"Heavy-Set" - That's one of his nicknames, as well as Sammy (for Samson).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
I remember reading this collection for the first time about 25 years ago. I was in maybe 7th or 8th grade and was going through a Bradbury period, reading everything of his I could get my hands on. To this day, Mr. Bradbury's writing touches me as few other writers ever have or will. Right now, as I write this small review, I can remember vividly, as if I were there right at this moment, lying in my bed and reading the title story. I remember the grace and humanity at its core and I remember reading the final sentence and weeping.
This is a magnificent book. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves stories and life.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Fletcher on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been a big fan of Ray Bradbury for ten years now, since my high school American Lit teacher gave me "Dandelion Wine" to take home over Christmas break. It wasn't assigned reading, but he knew I liked to read, as he did, and he thought I might like it. He was right. Actually, I loved it. In the years since I've read almost all of Bradbury's writing and I've been consistently impressed. Bradbury is a short-story-writing poet whose subject is the intangible wonder we all experience in our finest moments of living and dreaming. Those moments are often far-too-fleeting, but Ray Bradbury knows how to chase them down with his typewriter. I've never read a Ray Bradbury book that didn't make me feel wonderfully alive.
When I began reading "I Sing the Body Electric" I was a little worried that it wasn't up to the par of his other short story collections. Bradbury sometimes writes in broad strokes that result in unfulfilling caricature. I felt this was true of the first couple stories. But after that, the book really took off, and I felt he was firing on all cylinders again and again. "Yes, We'll Gather at the River" has to be one of my favorite Bradbury stories. "Night Call, Collect," the title story, "Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby's Is a Friend of Mine," and "The Man in the Rorschach Shirt" are other high points in the collection. He also takes some stylistic excursions in this book. "Heavy-Set" is an excellent prose portrait, but is not really like anything else he's written. There is also a poem included as the last entry in the book. If you've never read anything by Ray Bradbury, I highly recommend you pick up one of his many fine books. "I Sing the Body Electric" is right up with the best of them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1997
Format: Library Binding
Now that my children are quickly approaching their teen years - I find myself going back and looking to share with them the books that I loved as a teen; books and stories that not only introduced me into the sci-fi genre of writing, but made me pause and think of the possibilities that our world COULD hold. I Sing the Body Electric is one of those books. Ray Bradbury is at his most masterful with his stories here - some offering hope and comfort, others sharing glimpses into lives that reach far beyond our day to day realities. So, as my children reach their age of questioning and searching for knowledge, I want to share with them what I consider one of the greatest collection of stories of all time, not just of science fiction. My hope is that they too will read and marvel and wonder and question about the possibilities of what COULD be that Ray Bradbury presents in I Sing the Body Electric.
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