Jul 19, 07
Read in April, 1997
Just reviewed Something Wicked This Way Comes, and felt like I should add this, too. First read it in English class as a junior in high school, taught by Mrs. Simmons, a wonderful English teacher who adored it. I share her opinion. Some might say this book is short on plot, and they'd be right. There isn't really any to speak of - the book is mostly a collection of short summer-archetypal vignettes. But the moments Bradbury describes manage to capture that innocent, sparkly, nostalgic quality belonging to my memories of summer as a kid, and he adds a depth, vibrancy, and humor that I really love. That first pair of new shoes, summer in the woods, the crazy neighbors, ice cream, Helen and Bill...sigh. Good stuff.