- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (March 26, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0066211069
- ISBN-13: 978-0066211060
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,219,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One More for the Road: A New Story Collection Hardcover – March 26, 2002
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"You do not build a Time Machine unless you know where you are going.... But I built my Time Machine, all unknowingly, with no destination in mind," explains a bemused time traveler in Bradbury's latest collection. Bradbury, who has taken readers on so many marvelous trips, has a similar approach to navigation. In this new volume of stories (17 of the 24 have never been published before), he maintains his unflinching dedication to the magic of everyday life. Relaxing into his favorite themes memory, loneliness, childhood, love and time he is not afraid to wax sentimental, but the sharp edge of his prose keeps the tales from cloying. Haunted settings are common: the ghost town in "Where All Is Emptiness There Is Room to Move"; the Parisian cemetery Pre Lachaise in "Diane de Fort"; and the L.A. streets of 1939 in "Tangerine," in which Bradbury tells the story of a tragically cool man who'd rather be dead than 30. The writer is at his best when he chronicles the child self he has never lost touch with. In "Autumn Afternoon," Miss Elizabeth Simmons cleans out her attic and discovers calendars she kept as a girl, checking off dates that were once important but are now mysterious. Bradbury, on the other hand, seems to remember everything because at 81, he is still 18 at heart. In "With Smiles as Wide as Summer," a virtual prose poem about being a boy on perpetual vacation, he notes, "Circling, they knocked the echoes with their voices, plunged, rolled over, spun, jigged, shook themselves, raced off, hurtled back, leapt high, mad with summerlight and heat, unable to stop just being alive." The pure joy of earthly existence is something Bradbury has never forgotten. Southern California regional author tour; Harper Audio.
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A collection of 25 new stories and catch the afterword by the author.
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--Jim Reed, author, DAD'S TWEED COAT: SMALL WISDOMS HIDDEN COMFORTS UNEXPECTED JOYS. Learn more about Jim and Ray Bradbury: jimreedbooks.com
any more, but he loves writing and he loves writers. He came to our amateur writer's group meeting one night and answered every silly question any of us could come up with.
If you like to write but get stuck trying to think of what to write, trust me: this one will wind you up.
The inimitable Bradbury style is there, but the stories are not really science fiction, or fantasy, or even horror, although some might fall into one or more categories. Certainly all the stories are readable and thought-provoking: for all that there is not actually a hitchiking skeleton in the book...well, there sort of is.
As I read more Bradbury, I see how his works fit together and interrelate. This is a vital part of those works, and if you like Bradbury, you should read this. I dont know that I would start reading Bradury here - start with October Country, or Something Wicked, F451 or the Martian Chronicles - and in time enough you will get to this.
Those who are returning to Bradbury Country will likely recognize some familiar concerns in this latest batch of stories. Magic and illusion abound, of course, and there are plenty of characters grown wistful for the past. Laurel and Hardy show up for the party, as do Hemingway, Melville, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. There's plenty of time travel, a few dark rooms filled with flickering images, a handful of wild robotic inventions, pairs of heart-sick lovers, and another trip down to Mexico.
But there are some new twists here as well. Bradbury, with his inimitable style and sensibility, takes on some of the gray areas that inhabit our present imperfect. The guilty male moral quagmires of phone sex and Internet porn provide fuel for one of the stories. There is also a pervading sadness and loneliness to these tales that feels uniquely modern. There are plenty of unhappy couples, unfulfilled dreams, and broken connections. This often-gray environment makes all the more poignant the bursts of golden joy and wonder.
Bradbury has always held in one hand the ghostly and in the other the exuberant and when he rubs his hands together and gets down to business, the resultant explosion is felt to the metaphoric corners of Far Rockaway.
Bradbury-lovers rejoice: this is fine vintage. So drink up, and drink deep.