The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury


A classic collection of stories — all told on the skin of a man — from the author of Fahrenheit 451. If El Greco had painted miniatures in his prime, no bigger than your hand, infinitely detailed, with his sulphurous 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 sun sets, the pictures glow like charcoals, like scattered gems. They quiver and come to life. Tiny pink hands gesture, tiny mouths flicker as the figures enact their stories — voices rise, small and muted, predicting the future. Here are sixteen tales: sixteen illustrations! the seventeenth is your own future told on the skin of the Illustrated Man.

This is the second book by Ray Bradbury I have read, the first one being ‘Fahrenheit 451’, which I really enjoyed.

‘The Illustrated Man’ is a collection of stories which are being played out on a un~named man’s tattooed body, he was tattooed by a woman who claimed she was from the future and since then the tattoos have been a curse, every tattoo tells a story except for the tattoo on his right shoulder blade which changes to show the fate of the person who is looking at it.

The stories in ‘The Illustrated Man’ are very much a sign of the times (it was written in 1951) which I found brilliant to read, Ray Bradbury had a very real view of the world of the future and you can tell he enjoys sharing his stories.

All of the stories are gorgeously written, Ray Bradbury’s outlook of the world may seem odd but makes a lot of sense.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 10/10

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