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The Illustrated Man

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If El Greco had painted miniature in his prime, no bigger than your hand, infinitely detailed, with his sulphorous colour and exquisite human anatomy, perhaps he might have used this man's body for his art.

Yet the Illustrated Man has tried to burn the illustrations off. He's tried sandpaper, acid and a knife. Because as the
Paperback, 294 pages
Published 2008 by Harper Voyager (first published 1951)
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Charles Shepherd If you've ever watched the original Twilight Zone think of that then replace the narrator at the begining of those episodes with a wondering man…moreIf you've ever watched the original Twilight Zone think of that then replace the narrator at the begining of those episodes with a wondering man covered in magic tattoos(less)
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This is one of Ray Bradbury's earliest collections of short stories, and the concept behind is quite brilliant. On an early September day in Wisconsin, the unnamed narrator meets the eponymous Illustrated Man - a wandering carnie with incredible images tattooed across his body. They are detailed, colorful and mysterious, and able to move on their own; the narrator counts eighteen different illustrations, each depicting what the Illustrated Man claims to be the future.

Unfortunately, both the conc
"... he was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could hear the voices murmuring small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body. When his flesh twitched, the tiny mouths flickered, the tiny green-and-gold eyes winked, the tiny pink hands gestured. There were yellow meadows and blue rivers and mountains and stars and suns and planets spread in a Milky Way across his chest. The people themselves were in twenty or more odd groups upon hi
It was a dark and stormy night. Enters a mysterious character that seems escaped from a different novel (Something Wicked This Way Comes) . His body is completely covered in animated tattoos, images that he claims show events yet to pass. If you look carefully, you might even get a glimpse of your own future.
The role of this opening sequence of the collection serves as a foreword from the author explaining why these previously published stories were included here and not others: they are a map o
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I am a very big fan of Ray Bradbury. He has an incredible imagination. He inspires me as a writer and a reader. I loved that this book has stories within a story. What an interesting idea of having a tattooed man as the "Scheherazade" in this story. The narrator is the body of a man who has tattoos all over himself. Each tattoo tells a story. Each story is different. Some are more science fiction-oriented and some are pure fantasy. Yes, Bradbury's view of outer space might be considered naive fo ...more
--Prologue: The Illustrated Man
--The Veld
--The Other Foot
--The Highway
--The Man
--The Long Rain
--Usher II
--The Last Night of the World
--The Rocket
--No Particular Night or Morning
--The Fox and the Forest
--The Visitor
--Marionettes, Inc.
--The City
--Zero Hour
--The Playground
Raeleen Lemay
The Veldt was my favorite short story that I had to read for school, so I'm excited to revisit it, as well as read some more stories by Bradbury!
I love short stories. To be able to pack such a punch in just a handful of pages, each word has to be meaningful, each metaphor perfect, each phrase exquisitely crafted and The Illustrated Man is chock-full of stories with staying power.

As Bradbury mentions in his introduction, these stories are possible answers to "What if?" questions. Some are humorous, some downright frightening, some thought-provoking. He starts out with a bang: the short story "The Veldt." Those two children are straight ou
As a newly-minted high school reading teacher, my introductory book to spoon-feed to the young'ns was Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. It was a really good one to start with, as it had a fairly simple and uncomplicated storyline, a small cast of characters, and fairly well-defined themes and literary techniques. Therefore, teaching it to students who weren't native speakers (but whose English was really good nonetheless) was a good experience.

I hadn't read a whole lot of Bradbury prior to that, an
Ray Bradbury inspired many to take pen to paper; he enlightened many dark vessels and was a visionary beyond comparison. His sentences are laden with words in the right places with the right words.

This collection of stories only covers stories taken from illustrations on the illustrated mans body. We don’t get to walk with the illustrated man for long in fact only a few pages in the beginning. Don’t let this belittle the whole collection I want to just make it clear, because some could be disapp
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

The Illustrated Man is a collection of Ray Bradbury’s stories which are sandwiched between the account of the titular man whose tattoos come alive at night and set the scenes for the 18 tales in this collection. All of these stories are classic Ray Bradbury — full of spacemen, Earth-Mars conflict, psychiatrists, spoiled children, bad marriages, book burning, domestic work-saving technologies, and nervous breakdowns. They deal with the fear of atomic war, l
What I like about Ray Bradbury is his messages to society, some of them pretty blunt, and his deep philosophical narratives. Once in awhile I would be reading and something would hit me, the classic light bulb turning on over the head. I like how "weird" his stories are. I guess the appropriate word would be "prolific."

Writing style is a big deal to me. I had some trouble adapting to Mr. Bradbury's style. I am not saying it was "bad" necessarily (and who am I to criticize such a man of impact?
Jul 26, 2007 Jessi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Bradbury's short stories
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a powerful collection of short stories. The two that are my favorites are "The Veldt" and "The Fire Balloons." The first time I read this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. Little did I know that it contains "The Veldt," which I has seen on film in my 6th grade Creative Writing class. Even way back then, this struck me as a unique and haunting story, and I am forever grateful to my teacher and good friend Rhonda Selph for introducing me to it. (She passed away during my freshman year in ...more
Nov 16, 2007 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
"The Veldt" is a must-read from this selection. In this story set in the not-too-distant future, the automated appliances and children's toys suck the life (literally and figuratively) out of a traditional family. It makes you wonder if we haven't already begun sliding down that slippery slope.

This short story among others are compiled and tied together through a man's magical tattoos. His body is covered in tattoos, and they animate to tell each story. Once again, Bradbury's language makes his
I’m fairly new to the whole ‘short story’ type of prose; I mostly read novels or novellas. I’ve always wanted to read Ray Bradbury’s material, but never got around to it. I was fond of this work due to the common themes. Particularly, the ones regarding the pondering about the skies and human nature, dealing with race equality, metaphors about the destruction of one world and the advent of a ‘city’ built on revenge, or even the theories about technology and what mankind would do with said techno ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Read at least twice and deserves to be read again.

Ray Bradbury was one of the more original and engaging writers, ever. He easily blurred the genre boundaries mixing "classic" themes of SF with fantasy, mystery and horror.

Just the concept of the "Illustrated Man" is enough for me to want a copy in my hands right now. If you only know him because of "Fahrenheit 451" (book or movie) then, you are doing yourself a disservice. (Not that you should not read F-451, that's a great book, also.) Bradbury
M. Özgür
Mars Yıllıkları'nı okuyup büyülenmiş olan herkesin okuması gereken bir şaheser, müthiş!
I did not really like this book for some reason. It started off great, but the similar themes of space travel and living on other planets got tired really fast. Most of the stories revolve around living on rockets, on Mars, or remembering how it was to live on Earth that has either ceased to exist or was destroyed by the people who inhabit it.

I like Ray Bradbury and some of the stories in this collection of short stories, but a lot of them were not interesting to me. I will probably read more o
I wish there had been more story directly involving the illustrated man; perhaps a novel about him. Bradbury was way ahead of his time with some of the stories, especially those involving space travel. A very interesting collection.
Alicia ǂLibraries, Action Cats, and Space Invadersǂ
“For, you see,” said the Illustrated Man, “these illustrations predict the future.”
I said nothing.
“It’s all right in the sunlight,” he went on. “I could keep a carnival day job. But at night—the pictures move. The pictures change.”

Mother of god. Holy fishticks. Just…holy shit

The past few books I read have been far from favorites, so I wanted to spend time with an author that I knew I could trust. And what better author than the author? My favorite? So I stocked up on Ray Bradbury, the greatest
Jul 06, 2014 MiLi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Personas que buscan un buen libro de cuentos
Con un estilo muy similar a The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man es una recopilación de cuentos que Bradbury publicó en diferentes revistas entre 1947 y 1951. El disparador de la historia es un hombre que tiene el cuerpo con tatuajes muy lindos y llamativos que a la noche cobran vida para relatar, cada uno, una historia distinta. Los cuentos que componen este libro son el relato esas historias.

Hay 18 narraciones en total y todos pertenecen al género ciencia ficción fantástica y tienen lug
Ray Bradbury is the only writer I can say with certainty has not so much changed my life as made it what it is. I'm scarcely the first or last to say that, and most definitely not the most important.

Neil Gaiman began his acknowledgement to Bradbury thus:

I can imagine all sorts of worlds and places, but I cannot imagine one without Ray Bradbury. Not Bradbury the man (I have met him. Each time I have spent any time with him I have been left the happier for it), but Bradbury the builder of dreams
Joaquin Garza
Cuando se habla de los tres grandes de la ciencia ficción (Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein), por lo general al crítico de café se le olvida mencionar al recientemente fallecido titán que llevaba por nombre Ray Bradbury. ¿Por qué? Tengo dos teorías: una proviene de la afirmación del mismo autor de que él no escribía ciencia ficción, sino ficción a secas que exploraba temas profundamente humanos, sólo que enmarcándolos en historias con cohetes y marcianos. La otra teoría proviene de la novela más celebra ...more
I read a review once that described Robert A. Heinlein as a creepy old uncle who drinks too much at parties and who makes embarrassing comments, but who everyone likes in spite of his outdated ways – kind of a loveable rogue.

Ray Bradbury, similar but by contrast, is like the dotty old professor whom everyone cannot help but love and who overlook his eccentricities. His stories are as warm and imaginative as a summer afternoon. And all due respect to Fahrenheit 451, which is a fine novel, but I
A man meets another man who has "pictures" all over his body. They look like tattoos, but he relates that he was "cursed by a witch" and that the pictures move. Unfortunately, the moving pictures tell stories so disturbing he doesn't like to go out in public. The first man spends an entire night watching the pictures in the firelight and the collected stories in this book are what he sees. A good description of these tales would be "science fiction nightmares." They go a step beyond even caution ...more
This is a re-read for me. I first discovered Mr. Bradbury in my middle school library. I am sure I read almost all of his books over the years, but The Illustrated Man has remained with me the longest. The stories have withstood the test of time . Some I still remembered vividly and some are oh so-so. My favorite is still The Rocket.
This book is similar to Martian Chronicles. It is a collection of short sci-fi stories written by the very talented Ray Bradbury. I don’t often read sci-fi and I almost never read short stories but after reading and devouring The Martian Chronicles I had to read this one. The stories were thought provoking and wonderfully written.
Kevin Lucia
Bradbury's science fiction is best read for its passion, beauty, and lyricism. Even he's said that the only "purely science fiction" take of his is Fahrenheit 451, and that for the most part he should be considered a "fantasy writer". Anyway - his prose is sweet, and there's a beauty and joy there in his words...
Tattooed all over the body of a man are startling images. Startling for their content, but also for their movement; the tattoos move, light up, and make noise to present viewers with stories of a futuristic, yet hostile, arduous, and bloody future.

All of the tattoo-stories are great.

I love Bradbury's style and imagery, which prompt me to continue to give him five-star ratings. He can lyrically convey the hopefulness of a futuristic society, with automated houses and interplanetary travel, but
Emre Yalabık
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"Niente e nessuno è contento di morire... e una stanza non fa eccezione."

Seconda opera del grande Ray Bradbury, precedente del cult Fahrenheit 451, questa originale e visionaria antologia di racconti è un piccolo capolavoro di quell'adorabile, lungimirante ed altrettanto inquietante fantascienza americana degli anni '50.
Nella classica struttura a cornice - che qui prevede il misterioso Uomo illustrato, un individuo anonimo ricoperto di tatuaggi capaci di animarsi e raccontare storie - Bradbury r
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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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