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The Veldt (Tale Blazers) Paperback – September, 1982
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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.
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 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 ›
The Veldt consists of six characters. George, Lydia, Peter, Wendy, the Happylife Home and the Dr. McClean. Peter and Wendy are the children of George and Lydia. They are obsessed with the house as you will discover as you read.
This is a story that is haunting, chilling, and frighteningly realistic. It is creepy but not in the usual sense. It is creepy in a way that you might feel if you were being followed. It makes your stomach churn and twist.
Bradbury writes from George’s perspective in first person. George appears to be a man of slight intelligence. He can’t control his children and he has no way to learn anything. His wife is Lydia and she is just as bad if not worse than George because she indulges Peter and Wendy.
All in all this story can fall under suspenseful mystery or sci-fi. It is futuristic and bone chilling. If a person wanted a quick read that would cause them to see the world differently, they should read this. However if one didn’t want a different view, this is a book that can make you think and question the world around them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Short story with an awesome outlook on how technology ruins people's lives.Published 6 months ago by David H.
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 6 months ago by Tony Myles
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 14 months ago by Dai'Ajha G
A dark but thrilling read, certainly not intended for youth. But enjoyable none the less.Published 17 months ago by Z. Johnson