Steve H's Reviews > Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Aug 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: book-club, bildungsroman, fiction, fantasy, libraries, northwest-passages, small-town

Rich, poetic language suffuses this classic fantastic tale of age, wisdom, and mystery about a sinister carnival that comes to town, preying on the fears and desires of the people of the modest, depression era town. There are only a handful of characters in this book: Jim and Will, both in their early teens, nearly identical in many ways yet different in temperament; Will’s father Charles, the time-worn wise figure who tries to protect the boys and yet knows he must let them experience and grow on their own; Messers Dark and Cougar, the evil proprietors of the carnival. All the characters as well as the entire setting for the book are drawn somewhat sparingly, suggesting rather than defining for the reader, and making the work all the more vivid.

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.