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The Veldt (Tale Blazers) Paperback – September, 1982
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Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped."
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When George asks the kids about their African playground, the kids deny that's where they've been and when Wendy, his daughter, quickly runs ahead of George and changes the scenery, he knows they are hiding something.
Realizing that giving the kids everything they've ever wanted probably wasn't such a good idea, he begins to shut things down- including the nursery. But too little- too late, and at the end of the tale, George and Lydia finally realize why the screams coming from the nursery every night sounded so familiar.
Bradbury never fails to strike me with his descriptive wording- even in a short short story such as this:
"The hot straw smell of liongrass, the cool green smell of the hidden water hole, the great rusty smell of animals, the smell of dust like a red paprika in the hot air."
"Like a red paprika..." Hunh. Love that.
I'm also sensing, Bradbury really didn't like modern entertainment and the direction it's heading. He must have felt that eventually it would atrophy the brain and spoil the kiddos.
He was right.
The children love their electronics and think their parents are crazy to want to take that way and be a family again. Their solution to this problem is chilling.
The book is written in an education format, where children write responses and essays to Bradbury's story.
Recommended, especially for teachers and young readers.
The Veldt was a wonderful story and, albeit short, it carried a strong message. Many strong messages, in fact. It showed readers that the amount of work one has to do is not inversely correlated with how happy they are, and that relying on technology for everything we do can sever bonds that it never even let develop.
The tale begins with the Hadley’s, a happy futuristic family living in a technologically consumed world. Problems arise when Lydia asks George to investigate their kids nursery, a four walled room that can take the kids’ thoughts and transform them into a three dimensional reality. It’s meant to be used to watch over their psychological behavior. At the time the story takes place, the Hadley children have turned the nursery into an African veldt.
Everything goes downhill when the lions in the nursery seemingly attack the Hadley’s, leaving Lydia to believe the nursery has become too real. She asks George to have the family take a break from all the technology in the house, and realizes she hasn’t even bathed the kids or made them breakfast at all herself, since the “ Happylife Home” system did it all for her.
It as at this point that the Hadley kids, Wendy and Peter, are introduced, and immediately the effects of the house become clear.Read more ›
Ray Bradbury's "The Veldt" takes place in what initially seems like a utopian future. George, Lydia, and their children Peter and Wendy, live in a Happylife Home which is designed to cater to their every need. The home cooks, cleans, sings and even plays with the family, everything the parents should be doing. The highlight of the home, however, is the "nursery." It is this room that leads to Bradbury's future being much more dark and dystopian than utopian and provides the warning that too much technology can be dangerous and parents must play an active role in their childrens' lives.
The nursery is an incredible piece of technology, it is a room that can generate scenery, textures and even smells, all with a thought. It is the nursery that drives the plot of "The Veldt." Initially, the nursery is an escape for the children letting them live in the world of Alice or Aladdin, George and Lydia start to get concerned when the children start living in the African veldt. Following a scare with the lions of the veldt they realize how much the technology of their home has taken over their lives with Peter and Wendy "living for the nursery," and Lydia feeling as though, "the house is wife and mother and nursemaid," causing them to decide to lock up the nursery and contemplate a vacation from the house.
Soon after the parents realize that their children are completely spoiled and that they do not like their parents interfering with their lives or their attempts at discipline. It is the parents attempts at parenting that leads to the complication as both Peter and Wendy love the house, as it is the house that has been raising them.Read more ›
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Horrible, horrible story. Not at all for kids, between giving them a framework to want their parents dead to four uses of profanity. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Tony Myles
Great story. For so long, I talked about this story, but couldn't remember who wrote it or the title. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ruben Oneill
Our society is not as technologically advanced as how some stories say theirs is, but in The Veldt by Ray Bradbury I got an idea of what it would be like to live in a place where... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dai'Ajha G
The Veldt by Ray Bradbury is a haunting story filled with foreshadowing. The short was written in 1950 and was first published under the title of The World the Children Made. Read morePublished 8 months ago by random
A dark but thrilling read, certainly not intended for youth. But enjoyable none the less.Published 11 months ago by Z. Johnson