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The Golden Apples of the Sun

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The Golden Apples of the Sun is a collection of 32 of the most famous short stories by Ray Bradbury. It is named after W.B. Yeats' poem The Song of Wandering Aengus, the last stanza of which reads: "Tho I am old with wandering/Thru hollow lands & hilly lands,/I will find out where she has gone/& kiss her lips & take her hands;/& walk among long dappled gras ...more
Paperback, H3357 , 169 pages
Published 1967 by Bantam Books (NY) (first published March 1st 1953)
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Lyn
Aug 12, 2012 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury is a collection of short stories first published in 1953 with 22 short stories.

Published again in 1997, this later edition contains the original stories as well as 10 more previously released stories by the Grand Master. These stories serve as a representative sample of Bradbury’s unique and far ranging talent, blending elements of several genres into a cohesive universe of speculative fiction, as well as a demonstration of his mastery of the short ficti
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Paul Bryant
Sep 25, 2007 Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Goodbye Ray Bradbury. He was the first author I loved, he was a natural for me with his heart on his sleeve and his absolute belief in the power of words and the religion of wonder. His brilliant restless short stories set off puffballs of astonishment in my brain, I slept on Mars and woke up in Green Town, I grew giant mushrooms for fun and profit and I was the illuminated boy, Ray Bradbury illuminated me with death, calliopes, mechanical houses, ice cream suits, towns where no one got off, dwa
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Dan Schwent
Aug 26, 2008 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How does one review a book of tiny short stories? Do I describe the stories individually? Or do I just mention a couple favorites, like the one about the last dinosaur and the lighthouse, or the pedestrian, or The Sound of Thunder, the time travel story that everyone knows even if they don't know the name of?

I'm one of the few people that didn't have to read Fahrenheit 451 in school so the only exposure I had to Ray Bradbury before this was issues of Tales from the Crypt where they adapted his s
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Pedro
Oct 22, 2016 Pedro rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hay cuentos muy buenos en esta colección, otros no tanto.

Mi favoritos son el primero y el último: La sirena y Las doradas manzanas del sol. Ambos, por sí solos, merecerían un 5 rotundo. Están muy bien construidos, y son de una belleza lírica que da gusto leerla y regodearse en ella.

Mención especial para El basurero, pienso que se merece un 4.5, quizás un poco más.

Otros que me parecieron buenos, a los que les pondría un 4: El asesino, El ruido de un trueno y El prado.

El resto de las historias no
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Mike
Jul 17, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

Bradbury got the title from last line of this poem...

 

THE SONG OF WANDERING AENGUS

by: W.B. Yeats

WENT out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
 
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
 
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called me by my na
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notgettingenough
Bradbury on the sea:


"One day many years ago a man walked along and stood in the sound of the ocean on a cold sunless shore and said "We need a voice to call across the water, to warn ships; I'll make one. I'll make a voice that is like an empty bed beside you all night long, and like an empty house when you open the door, and like the trees in autumn with no leaves. A sound like the birds flying south, crying, and a sound like November wind and the sea on the hard, cold shore. I'll make a sound
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Violante

"Cuando uno recuerda toda una vida, parece que recordase más las caras que las manos y lo que ellas hicieron."


Siempre me da terror hablar de clásicos, siento que voy a decir cualquier cosa, que mis palabras se quedan cortas para describir al libro. Por eso me cuesta escribir esta reseña.

Las doradas manzanas del sol son veintidós cuentos, algunos cortos y otros bastantes largos. No disfruté de todas las historias, algunas me encantaron como “El asesino” o “La fruta del fondo del tazón” y otr
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Nikki
Not all of the stories in this collection of Bradbury's short fiction are great, or even that memorable, but one or two of them will stick with me -- I particularly enjoyed 'Embroidery', which was well-structured and had a lovely final paragraph. Perfect, even, almost.

Even if a few of them didn't really get to me, it's worth noting that I received it in the mail just today, and I read it in two sittings. I've been rather wrapped up in video games lately (hey, I just got the news that I got a fir
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Ben Babcock
One of the nice things about working in a school is that I can nick books from the English cupboard, bring them home for a day, or a week, or most of the year, and quietly return them without anyone complaining. It’s a perk that almost makes those times you accidentally stand under the bell worth it.... Anyway, earlier this year I was reaching for short stories to show my sixth form students, and it occurred to me that “A Sound of Thunder” is a damn fine short story, both in a technical and a li ...more
Scott
22 enjoyable stories in Bradbury's wistful and nostalgic style--some science fiction, some fantasy, some just plain fiction. The most famous is probably "A Sound of Thunder," in which a hunter travels back time to shoot dinosaur and makes a critical error. I especially got a kick out of "The Murderer," which is about a man who has declared war on nuisance technology. (I often feel like doing that myself.) This story was written sixty years ago; I wonder how the character would have reacted to tw ...more
Anne
Jul 19, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Half of these short stories are fantasy, and half are the kind I love - about outer space, post or pre-apocalyptic life, and Mars.
My favorites:

The Wilderness: Two women ready for a move to mars, one makes a very long distant phone call and receives the encouragement she needs to take that step.

The Murderer: In the 1950's, Bradbury predicted the state we are in today - instant communication, too much communication brought about by technology that never shuts up. "There sat all the tired commuters
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apple
Sep 08, 2011 apple rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Warning: The following review contains public display of shameless fangirlery
These collected short stories confirmed something I have long suspected; Ray Bradbury is a living breathing writing celestial entity and to me R will always be for Rocket!

“The Murderer”, which was published in 1953, uncannily portrays the impact of information overload before there was Facebook or even the internet. Really spooky stuff. My favorite stories are “The Great Wide World Over There” and the absolutely mind-b
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Bonnie Jeanne
Jan 25, 2009 Bonnie Jeanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed most of the stories in this book, particularly; "The Murderer," which I found to be so appropriate to life today! This is one of few stories that hasn't got an initial publication date noted, but I guess it would be early 1950. Even though the technology that drives the main character to "murder" is not exactly as Bradbury imagined it would be, it is close enough to make me go "Wow!; "Sun and Shadow," which made me feel guilty about the times I've found life that is on the verge of abj ...more
Luzbeth De Lenfent
Bellísima recopilación de cuentos de fácil lectura que van desde las risas y la ternura hasta el llanto y la angustia. Este libro me acompañó en una hermosa tarde de sol con mis padres en el bosque, y si bien yo no estaba muy feliz, Bradbury como siempre me dio una alegría enorme y me colocó a la belleza más pura a mi alcance con sus narraciones.
Brandon Henke
The Golden Apples of the Sun showcases the broad range of Bradbury’s literary ability. While some might argue that topical breadth is a rather commonplace characteristic of books of this format, I contend that it goes beyond the typical collection of short stories.

Bradbury is a stylistic chameleon – utterly transformative yet wonderfully convincing in the span of only a few pages. These stories range from mundane (The Great Wide World Over There) to utterly fantastical (A Sound of Thunder). Ima
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Mateo
Sep 07, 2010 Mateo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was, of course, familiar with Ray Bradbury's most known work "Fahrenheit 451" and appreciated him for his contribution to sci-fi, but then I read this collection of short stories and was blown way.

The title comes from a line of Yeats:
And pluck till time and times are done,
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.

For that I have to thank Bradbury doubly, once for writing such a wonderful collection of short stories, and again for introducing me to Yeats, a poet whom I unexc
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J. Alfred
I once said that Bradbury was "trash, but exquisite trash. Like the pizza boxes and soda cans of the gods". (Is it okay to quote one's self? I'm okay with it) I stand by the statement. He's good not great, although I think back to Something Wicked This Way Comes and some of the stories in The Illustrated Man and I want to argue with myself. He's got a great, flexible sort of an imagination, which is kind of humanist and romantic and childish all at once. That being said, this collection isn't hi ...more
José Manuel Frías
Para un servidor, los relatos de Ray Bradbury están a años luz de sus novelas. A pesar de ello, en "Las doradas manzanas del sol" aparecen tres textos con un contenido altamente atractivo. Esta recopilación de cuentos se abre con "La sirena", según muchos críticos el mejor relato del autor. Y no es para menos. El ambiente opresivo te atrapa desde las primera líneas, teniendo como escenario un viejo faro cuya sirena atrae a una extraña criatura de las profundidades marinas.
En orden de importancia
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Steve Hersh
Jun 29, 2015 Steve Hersh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The general consensus seems to be that Bradbury was at his best with three works: the novel "Fahrenheit 451," and the short story collections "The Martian Chronicles," and "The Invisible Man." I am fully in line with the consensus. Being so prolific, it's not surprising that not all of his work can measure up to the standards of his best stuff. "The Golden Apples of the Sun" is an example of the hit or miss nature of some of his stories. I'm giving this four stars based on the high quality of th ...more
Erik Erickson
Thoroughly enjoyable read. I've only read Martian Chronicles previously, and I love the way Bradbury's descriptions and cadence really flow naturally. That's one of the things Stephen King does so well also. All but maybe a couple of these stories are solid little tales. The quality is just so much higher than something like a Richard Matheson collection, which executes interesting ideas in a flat and tiresome manner. It also helps that this collection starts off with a very Lovecraftian story t ...more
Pedram Behroozi
Oct 27, 2015 Pedram Behroozi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ایدههای بردبری ناب و عالی بودند. ترجمهی صنعوی خیلی خوب نبود. ولی همچنان میشد فهمید که بردبری عجب خیالپرداز قهاری است و چه ذهن رهایی برای توصیف کردن چیزها دارد.

از بین قصهها آژیر به نظرم از همه بهتر بود. کابوس در حارماجدون و شیشهی آبی معرکه بودند. بقیه ایدههای بامزه و خوبی داشتند و فقط لازار پیش بیاید کمی دمدستی و قابل پیشبینی بود.

امیدوارم گزیده ترجمهها کم و کمتر شوند و مترجمها اصل کتابهای چاپشده را ترجمه کنند. این کتاب هم گزیده ترجمهای بود از سیبهای طلایی خورشید (یا اینطور که در کتاب آمده: میوهها
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Hayley
Sometimes you come across a book that remains on your mind for months, or even longer, after reading. I think this is one of those books.

The Golden Apples of the Sun is a collection of 22 short stories, each exploring a different idea. Although a couple of the ideas have been covered quite a lot in literature or films (the butterfly effect, for example), Bradbury’s work I would suggest is amongst the best. I read this book through in one sitting because I was on the train, but I almost feel like
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Camila Shimada
Mar 11, 2016 Camila Shimada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó harto, en pocas páginas te logra armar un mundo y contarte una historia que te deja pensando harto rato. Ya lo había visto en otros libros de Bradbury, la visión del mundo que le gusta construir es siempre interesante de leer.
Mis favoritos: El peatón, el niño invisible, la máquina voladora; la dorada cometa, el plateado viento; el gran juego Blanco y Negro y el Asesino. Mención especial a "la fruta en el fondo del tazón" y "el basurero"

No voy a dejar el resumen de ningún cuento, es mejo
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Lew
I was unimpressive this collection of stories. I'm a big fan of Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. A couple of the short stories were worth while but the several that weren't or a least don't hold up to the test of time. One story was so not politically correct that I'm would be curious if it is still published "The Big Black and White Game." It is a glimpse into the prejudices of America in the late forties.
mohsen pourramezani
Jun 02, 2014 mohsen pourramezani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories
بخشی از داستان های این کتااب به اسم «شرکت سهامی آدم های مصنوعی» در ایران به فارسی ترجمه شده.
داستان ها حال و هوای علمی تخیلی دارند اما با تاکید بیشتر بر روی نقش منفی که علم می تواند داشته باشد
وقتی کتاب هایی از ژانرهای مختلف ادبی می خوانم بیشتر این سوال دز ذهنم تقویت می شود که چرا ادبیات داستانی ایران هیچ گونه تنوع ژانری ندارد، نه پلیسی جنایی نه علمی تخیلی نه فانتزی و...
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Andrew Kubasek
Jun 03, 2007 Andrew Kubasek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
One of the best collections of American short stories, even if many of them are technically science-fiction. They still have a deeper sense of the struggles of humanity, regardless of setting - which, perhaps, is that makes them even more powerful and hammers the point even deeper.
J.P.
Oct 09, 2007 J.P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of short stories, speculative fiction
Great science fiction. Great speculative fiction. Great American fiction, period. Bradbury wrote a slew of classic stories; this is the cream of the crop. GOLDEN APPLES is another reason I'm a writer today.
Kristina
Jun 04, 2009 Kristina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I could not get into this. How surprising. His later stuff is much, much better.
Thomas Baughman
Fanatstic stories. Bradbury was almost writing prose poems at times.
Kelly Kossett
Dec 29, 2014 Kelly Kossett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange and wonderful.
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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