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ბედნიერების მექანიზმები ის, ვინც იცდისTyrannosaurus Rex არდადეგებიშაილოს პატარა მედოლე ბიჭებო! გაზარდეთ გიგანტური სოკოები თქვენს სარდაფებში თითქმის განკითხვის დღეალბათ ჩვენც მივდივართ ...და მეზღვაური შინ დაბრუნდა El Dia de Muerte ტანმოხატული ქალი ზოგი ცხოვრობს, ვით ლაზარე ამბავი საოცარი ქმნილებისასე აღსრულდა რიაბუჩინსკა მათხოვარი ო'კონელის ხიდიდან სიკვდილი და ქალწული ხუანბედნიერების მექანიზმები ის, ვინც იცდისTyrannosaurus Rex არდადეგებიშაილოს პატარა მედოლე ბიჭებო! გაზარდეთ გიგანტური სოკოები თქვენს სარდაფებში თითქმის განკითხვის დღეალბათ ჩვენც მივდივართ ...და მეზღვაური შინ დაბრუნდა El Dia de Muerte ტანმოხატული ქალი ზოგი ცხოვრობს, ვით ლაზარე ამბავი საოცარი ქმნილებისასე აღსრულდა რიაბუჩინსკა მათხოვარი ო'კონელის ხიდიდან სიკვდილი და ქალწული ხუან დიასის უმთავრესი საქმე ჩიკაგოს უფსკრულისკენგაასწარი ჰიმნს...

Title : ბედნიერების მექანიზმები
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ISBN : 9789941943003
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Number of Pages : 328 Pages
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ბედნიერების მექანიზმები Reviews

  • Paul Bryant
    2019-01-09 10:21

    21 stories from the late 50s/early 60s, a mixture of five wretchedly unfunny comedies including two patronisingly Oirish ones, six moderately interesting fantasies, two weird Mexican outings, three unclassifiable items and five actual real-live science fiction stories. With all of this smorgasbord comes lashings, downpours, cataracts,hosepipes and full-throated uncontrolled vomitings of the purplest prose and the sugariest sentimentalism; never is there an emotional pang or twinge, usually of the wistful variety, which Bradbury doesn’t jam an amplifier in front of with the volume cranked up to 11. You almost have to read this stuff wearing protective clothing to avoid your teeth dissolving, nay, your spine and your very brainpan too. Priests josh each other about papal encyclicals on space exploration; in cinemas Irish guys sprint for the exit before the English anthem comes on; just before the big battle the general gives a beautiful personal pep-talk to the little frightened drummer boy; an old woman confronts Death in the form of a charming young man with a bottle in his hand which contains the day before she turned 18; a guy wishes everyone in the world except his wife and son would just disappear, and they do (cue instant nostalgia for yesterday); a mad old guy remembers the detail of consumerist plenitude (sweet wrappers, bicycle clips, flavours of ice cream) before the big disaster struck and everybody ended up on severe rations; aliens invade earth via mail order; you can see that Ray Bradbury wasn’t short of ideas for stories, and God knows he could whisk up a whole string of beautiful titles, but mostly, in this period of his writing, it was like his DNA had been fused with Bambi – you know in The Fly where Seth Brundle’s DNA gets fused with a fly and he becomes Brundlefly? Well in Machineries of Joy it’s the equally horrifying Raybambi. The best thing here is the must-be-autobiographical “A Flight of Ravens” in which – suddenly, like the clouds parting – there’s a shaft of anger and bitterness, some real bite and malice. Bradbury’s first decade of writing was brilliant. It seems as he motored into his second decade that the magazines were willing to print anything he wrote, and he was willing to write anything they would print.

  • Mohammed
    2019-01-14 09:25

    My favourite stories in this collection and the reason i rate it highly are: "The One Who Waits" "The Vacation" "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh" "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!" "And So Died Riabouchinska" "The Beggar on O'Connell Bridge " There was many different types of stories in this collection. I enjoyed not knowing which kind of stories you are gonna read next. "The One Who Waits" was from the POV of a weird alien waiting for humans to prey on in Mars type of story. My fav of the SF/horror stories. "The Beggar on O'Connell Bridge" was a little wonderful story about a tourist couple in Dublin and how they try to deal with beggars who they feel acts different roles to get sympathy and their money. The beggar in the title is different. One of several mundane,general fiction type stories in the collection. This was one was easily the best. A timeless topic to say the least.Interesting enough the only very weak story is the title story.

  • John
    2019-01-07 05:45

    I have yet to read anything by Ray Bradbury which I didn't like. Each time I pick up one of his works I walk away nourished. Ironically billed on the cover of my paperback edition as "the top science-fiction writer in the U.S. today," Bradbury is really a fantasy writer, and one with a unique voice. Generally more concerned with familiar and contemporary settings, Bradbury also flexes his language with the sensibilities of a poet, as in his evocation of age: "The sand fell through the glass beyond counting. The snows fell through the glass, too, applying and reapplying whiteness to whiteness..."Among the gems included in this collection of 21 short stories are quite a number which deal with the topic of death, yet the tone is not so much somber as impassioned, a celebration of the irrational triumph of fleeting life over the certainty of eternal death. For Bradbury, death is not a reason to despair or withdraw into nihilism; it is an exhilarating force which stimulates the struggle to fulfill the potential of life, however brief.My copy of this paperback is 47 years old and cost me 50 cents. The cover has nearly fallen off, the spine threatens to crack in two or three places, and the pages are well-yellowed with age. Yet, the pleasure its 213 pages afforded me outweighed anything that an equal number of TV channels could hope to match.

  • Raj
    2019-01-23 08:25

    I loved this collection of short stories. What can I say, Bradbury's writing just hits the right spot in my brain. I was hooked from the first paragraph of the first story. The style and use of language just press all my buttons. In saying that, there was one story, El Dia de Muerte that just completely failed to gel for me. I read a few pages but I just didn't care for or about it at all. It's difficult to describe but it's like not being able to focus on a magic eye picture. With Bradbury I can mostly 'see the picture' from the first sentence or two and get completely entranced, but that just didn't work for me.The cover bills this as a collection of horror stories, but it's really not. Some have an aspect of horror, some are plain science fiction, some are fantasy, several are actually non-genre and some are just immensely sweet. The last story in particular, The Anthem Sprinters was one that I read just before going to bed and I was able to turn out the light with a smile on my face that didn't fade for several minutes. A wonderful way to end a brilliant collection.

  • Brian
    2019-01-07 11:39

    Bradbury is an excellent writer - imaginative stories told through potent, imagery-laden prose. This book was no exception. He's most commonly referred to as a Sci-Fi writer, and while he has contributed marvelously to that genre, his talents exceed what I typically think of as "sci-fi writing." Some of the best writing in this collection occurs in the story about the maiden courted by death (not so much sci fi as fantasy/surrealism), the story called "The Lifework of Juan Diaz" (not remotely sci fi), and the story about the beggars in Dublin - also not sci-fi at all. I love Bradbury's flexibility and authenticity. I also appreciate reading short stories that give me beautiful language to enjoy and deep thoughts to entertain.

  • Kevin Lucia
    2019-01-03 12:25

    A few summers ago, I enacted the Bradbury Challenge - read one Bradbury short story every day. After reading over 200 short stories, I was worried I'd read most of the good ones. However, every summer since, I've picked the Challenge back up, and what can you say about a man who wrote nearly 600 short stories...

  • Camille McCarthy
    2018-12-27 09:47

    Not the best Ray Bradbury collection, but there were some interesting ones in there. I think only two of the stories are science fiction, the rest are a melange of topics. Some of the stories were bizarre, as in they didn't make a lot of sense and weren't particularly good, but a lot were amusing and sweet. I especially liked the story about the mirage in the desert and the story about beggars in Dublin.This collection exemplifies why Bradbury didn't like to be referred to as a science-fiction writer; he's more of a fantasy writer. There's not much "science" in his stories, even the ones that take place in space or on other planets. My favorite of his books is "Dandelion Wine," which is realistic fiction.If you are looking for a collection of short stories that shows an amazing breadth of imagination, check out this book.

  • Nicolas
    2019-01-11 04:38

    Encaré este libro buscando un poco de ciencia ficción y me terminé encontrando con mucho más que eso. Excelente como todo lo que leí de Bradbury a la fecha. Leerlo en una edición de Minotauro de 1972 fue un lindo condimento.

  • Mevi Vieyra
    2018-12-24 07:22

    Siempre es hermoso leer relatos de Ray Bradbury

  • Chad Bearden
    2019-01-07 04:27

    Though not Ray Bradbury’s most famous collection, and not containing his most famous stories, “The Machineries of Joy” is nonetheless a masterclass in short story writing; a virtuoso demonstration finding the haunting and beautiful and disturbing and sublime just underneath the surface of the mundane world.These twenty one stories are varied in tone and genre and setting, but taken together are a concise exhibition of Bradbury’s ability to find reverie in every pocket and crevice of human experience.Though the author bounds gleefully through several narrative traditions, there are little families of stories that are connected by their settings or genres.* The SCI FI stories – The One Who Waits would fit comfortably in the pages of “The Martian Chronicles” and Boy! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar! is the sort of creepy suburban horror Bradbury perfected in “The Illustrated Man”.* The DIA DE MUERTE stories – El Dia de Muerte and The Lifework of Juan Diaz explore the human fascination with death though the very specific lens of the Mexican Dia de los Muertos holiday.* The DUBLIN stories – Bradbury perfectly captures the heartbreakingly dark Irish sense of humor with The Beggar on O’Connell Bridge and The Anthem Sprinters, which, in the true Irish literary tradition find laugh-out-loud humor in moments of sadness and poignancy. The Anthem Sprinters was my personal favorite in this collection.* The VAUDVILLE stories – The Illustrated Woman, And So Riabouchinska Died and Tyrannosaurus Rex share tales from the lives of carny outsiders. Each story could have been a little episode occurring somewhere just outside the city limits of Green Town—footnote adventures addended to “Something Wicked This Way Comes”.* The DYSTOPIA stories – Almost the End of the World, The Vacation, and To The Chicago Abyss each explore the lives of sad and hopeful men after variously ambiguous ends of the worlds.* The MODERN MAN stories – Bradbury explores the vague neuroses brought on by the fast-paced, directionless 20th Century life with The Machineries of Joy, A Miracle of Rare Device, A Flight of Ravens, and The Best Of All Possible Worlds.* The HISTORY stories – The Drummer Boy of Shiloh challenges a young boy’s perspective amidst the grotesque pointlessness of war. Perhaps We Are Going Away is a lament for the unwanted arrival of uninvited newcomers at a pivotal point in world history.* The UNDEFINEABLE CLASSICS – Some of the best stories transcend genre and are simply pure, distilled Ray Bradbury. An author whose attention is caught by some citizen of his imagination. Side stories that could easily have been explored in the pages of “Dandelion Wine”. Death and the Maiden is a beautiful rumination on lost youth. Some Live Like Lazarus is a woman’s frustrated look back at a sad man’s life. And the Sailor, Home From the Sea is a heartbreaking story of a man paying pathetic homage to his lost love.“The Machineries of Joy” is a beautiful and well-balanced collection of what made Ray Bradbury such a national treasure.

  • Mark Oppenlander
    2019-01-02 12:43

    This is a collection of Ray Bradbury short stories, which is not uncommon. He's a master of the short fiction genre, and even some of his so-called novels are really collections of related short stories loosely tied together to form a master narrative (e.g. The Martian Chronicles).What makes this collection unusual is that less than half of them fall into the category of being tales of the macabre, science fiction or fantasy. Since these are the types of fiction for which Bradbury is best known, it is interesting to watch him write in other veins. However, because of the variety, the collection can seem a bit disjointed. The only connective thread in this book seems to be that all of these stories were published in magazines over the previous decade and most of them had not been collected prior to this time. I was unfamiliar with most of these stories prior to this book.Some of the stories feel like rehashings of themes Bradbury has covered in other works (e.g. The One Who Waits about possession by alien minds or The Lifework of Juan Diaz about Mexican mummies). Others are completely original (e.g. A Flight of Ravens which details a writer's disappointment at meeting with old friends who are not at all the people he remembers them to be). My personal favorites in this collection are Some Live Like Lazarus, Death and the Maiden and To The Chicago Abyss.

  • Corey Pung
    2019-01-09 12:28

    The Machineries of Joy, a collection of stories written in the early 60s, isn’t by the same Ray Bradbury we all know and love. I was surprised by the nature of most of the stories included here. When I think of his work, it’s usually stories like The Sound of Thunder that come to mind (that’s the story that gave us the term “Butterfly effect”). I associate Ray Bradbury with fantastic ideas and adventurous storytelling. The Machineries of Joy though is written by an altogether moodier writer.By moodier, I don’t mean worse. Not at all. But different. The stories here feature mainly introspective main characters who experience something bizarre, but don’t necessarily do much. This is a change of pace from his daring leads who will pilot a rocket into the sun or leave Earth for Mars like in his other books. If you’re looking for excitement, I’d sooner recommend you find a “Bradbury Best Of” style book or go find The Martian Chronicles. If you want something that’s deep and sometimes quite bleak while remaining down-to-earth this is the collection for you.To read my full review, go to: http://coreysbook.wordpress.com/2012/...

  • Anne
    2019-01-19 09:37

    I'm not a fan of this collection as a whole but there are a few standouts. All stories have the magical Ray Bradbury prose, but not many of them held my interest.Almost the End of the World: A short story about how much we could accomplish if TV suddenly went away. "A perfumed dog with permanented hair", everything in the town had a fresh coat of paint. This book was published in 1964 but it has a timely topic - "Because of the sunspots, all the towns in all the Western world have had enough silence to last them ten years." The protagonists discuss their experience with TV - "What have we ever seen on TV?" "Saw a woman wrestle a bear two falls out of three, one night.""Who won?""Damned if I know." Pretty much sums it up.Some Live Like Lazarus: A creepy love story about a son and his overbearing Mom.So Died Riabouchinska: A man in love with a marionette - reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode.Death and the Maiden: Another story reminiscent of Twilight Zone - an old woman bars her door to "Death".To the Chicago Abyss: A bleak tale of the future - similar to Farenheit 451.

  • Chris Condon
    2018-12-25 08:21

    Some great stories, some okay stories, and some rehashing of old ideas. Not the finest collection of stories that Bradbury has come up with, but it does hold some great tales, including what can only be an homage to his lifelong friend and colleague, Ray Harryhausen, in the story entitled "Tyrannosaurus Rex", and a great take on Jack Finney's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" in "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!"

  • Mikheil
    2018-12-25 09:33

    მეტს ველოდი ამ კრებულისგან.სულ 4-5 მოთხრობა მომეწონა; "ბედნიერების მექანიზმები", "შაილოს პატარა მედოლე", "ამბავი საოცარი ქმნილების" და ერთიც არ მახსოვს რომელი იყო, დედამიწაზე მარტო ერთი ოჯახი რომ არის დარჩენილი, მემგონი "არდადეგები".

  • Trent
    2019-01-06 04:23

    The Illustrated Man is better. Some of the stories in The Machineries of Joy were just plain uninteresting... There are some pretty strong redeemers... but overall it wasn't as worth it as The Illustrated man.

  • Isaac Clarke
    2019-01-12 12:19

    რამდენიმე ძალიან კარგი მოთხრობაა. განსაკუთრებით ბოლო.

  • Craig Herbertson
    2019-01-03 04:25

    Still fantastic by any other author's standards but not the book I would leap to if I wanted to relax with Bradbury. The man was brilliant but these stories are merely good and very good.

  • Jeff Campbell
    2018-12-29 10:39

    1/2 of the stories in this collection were absolutely wonderful. 1/4 were merely okay and another 1/4 were a waste of time. All in all, that means that a full 3/4's of the book was worth the effort. All in all, as short story collections go, that's a decent ratio. I would recommend this collection to the Bradbury fan but the casual reader should embark on a tour of the true Bradbury canon before approaching this.

  • Joshua Hair
    2019-01-22 11:33

    I, for one, thought this to be an excellent collection. Although, be I honest, I don't think there's a think Mister Bradbury ever wrote that I haven't loved irrevocably from the very start. This is a top-notch collection in my opinion, certainly one worth tracking down on eBay or Amazon.

  • Mark
    2019-01-22 04:44

    A couple of decent yarns, but mostly poor.

  • Rick
    2019-01-18 05:37

    Another great collection of writings from Ray Bradbury.

  • Dana Olbrantz
    2019-01-06 09:40

    Have to be in a particular mood to enjoy Bradbury, personally. Some stories more salient than others, some odd in a way that just wasn´t me.

  • José Guridi
    2019-01-21 05:24

    Bradbury es simplemente un genio

  • MB Taylor
    2019-01-11 07:18

    I read The Machineries of Joy by Ray Bradbury in mid-June. This is a delightful collection of stories originally published between 1947 and 1963. I must say I love Ray Bradbury’s short stories. I read a lot of Bradbury when I was in high school, pretty much everything of his I could get my hands on. I suspect I read this collection back then, but while some of the stories were very familiar (and in several of his collections), some I had absolutely no memory of.Although generally classified as SF over a third of this collection, 8 of 21, are mainstream fiction: “The Illustrated Woman”, “Tyrannosaurus Rex” (1962), “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” (1960), “Some Live Like Lazarus” (1960), “The Beggar on the O’Connell Bridge” (1961), “A Flight of Ravens” (1952), “The Anthem Sprinters” (1963), and “The Machineries of Joy” (1962).For some reason the story I remembered best, “The Illustrated Woman” (1961), I remembered as having read in Playboy, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t reading Playboy when I was 6. Playboy Press reprinted it in a Short Story collection in 1971 (Last Train to Limbo), maybe I read it there. Anyway, other than concerning unusual tattoos this story is unrelated to Bradbury’s book The Illustrated Man. It’s the story of a woman who visits a psychiatrist concerned about losing her husband.“Tyrannosaurus Rex” is a fun story about Terwilliger, a Hollywood special effects man specializing in dinosaur miniatures and Joe Clarence, the producer who doesn’t appreciate his work. The story also appears the collection Dinosaur Tales: A Sound of Thunder/The Fog Horn (1983) which I read not too long ago. Even having read it so recently I enjoyed it.“Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!” (1962), an often collected SF/Horror story, is another good read. It’s about school boys in the summer who answer ads in magazines. This story also appears in collection I read recently: A Medicine for Melancholy and Other Stories (1990). It’s also as creepy as hell.The titular story is an interesting story about three priests in arguing over the ramifications of space travel on religion. Or perhaps it's about the differences between being Irish and being Italian. In the end, like most Bradbury stories, it’s about people.Sometime after high school, I quit reading Bradbury and sold his books. I was reading more action fantasy series (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Michael Moorcock, Lin Carter) and Bradbury’s more gentle, thoughtful stories didn’t appeal as much to me. As it turns out I’m almost glad I sold all my copies of his books. If I still had the old ones they’d be a box somewhere. But now I have different, mostly newer editions and they’re out where I can see them and more importantly read and enjoy them all over again.

  • Jeanette
    2019-01-12 10:33

    "'What's true is not always what's fair.' [Father Brian]" (2)"...that Medusa machine which freezes your intellect if ever you stare at it?" (3) //on television"Now, suddenly, the railroad track began to tremble. A blackbird, standing on the rail, felt a rhythm grow faintly, miles away, like a heart beginning to beat." (34)"'If you could press a button right now and make it happen, would you?' 'I think I would,' he said. 'Nothing violent. Just have everyone vanish off the face of the earth. Just leave the land and the sea and the growing things, like flowers and grass and fruit trees. And the animals, of course, let them stay. Everything except man, who hunts when he isn't hungry, eats when full, and is mean when no one's bothered him.'" (36)"He smelled as all fathers should smell, of salt sweat, ginger tobacco, horse and boot leather, and the earth he walked upon." (43)"'Well, we bring things into town that it hasn't got - mountains, creeks, desert night, stars, things like that . . .'And it was true, thought Willy, driving along. Set a man way out in the strange lands and he fills with wellsprings of silence. Silence of sagebrush, or a mountain lion purring like a warm beehive at noon. Silence of the river shallows deep in canyons. All this a man takes in. Opening his mouth, in town, he breathes it out." (63)"For only the very young saw life ahead, and only the very old saw life behind; the others between were so busy with life they saw nothing." (72)"A thousand storms and a thousand calms ago there had been a calm and a storm that had stayed on the rest of his life." (76)"'...Promise you'll never let me die.' 'Never,' he said. 'Shall I tell you why?' 'Yes, and make me believe it.'" (77)"...kissing her throat which was like bending to winter at the heart of August." (78)"...he leaped into my life like summer lightning!" (95)"And then, unbidden, the lines of an old poem stood up in my head. Where I had read them or who had put them down, or if I had written them myself, within my head over the years, I could not say. But the lines were there and I read them in the dark:Some live like Lazarus In a tomb of life And come forth curious late to twilight hospitals And mortuary rooms.". . ."Better cold skies seen bitter to the North Than stillborn stay, all blind and gone to ghost. If Rio is lost, well, love the Arctic Coast! Come ye forth." (109)"Life is questions, not answers." (113)"...sounding like sleepless nights and rusty bones and well-worn dreams." (116) //on a car motor"...his clothes, like the clothes of most in Ireland, too often laundered by the weather..." (149)"He did not sing so much as let his soul free." (150)"So, maybe, perhaps, he means there aren't many 'human beings' left who look, see what they look at, and understand well enough for one to ask and one to give. Everyone busy, running here, jumping there, there's no time to study one another. But I guess that's bilge and hogwash, slop and sentiment." (154)"'Beauty is what you are.' 'Then I'm beautiful, for that's how I feel.'" (164)"'Sure, it's money runs the world,' Doone agreed, seated there, closing up his eyes. 'But it is music that holds down the friction.'" (210)

  • Phil Giunta
    2019-01-12 06:44

    As usual, Ray Bradbury writes in splendid imagery, his prose poetic. No one else wrote, or will ever write, like Bradbury.Yet, I fear most of today's editors would likely slash and gut much of his beautiful detail, carving the very heart from his work. Such are the changes in readers' tastes, which I partly blame on the dumbing down of society.The Machineries of Joy was, not surprisingly, a joy to read. Of the 21 brilliant stories included, my favorites were:"Tyrannosaurus Rex" — A stop-motion animator, tasked with creating a miniature T-Rex, just cannot seem to satisfy a film producer—until he completely recreates the beast's face to resemble someone very familiar."The Vacation"— Traveling atop a small four-wheeled workman's railcar, a family of three takes a serene cross-country excursion, able to avoid the rest of humanity—because they are the last people on Earth."Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in your Cellar!"— Inspired by an ad in Popular Mechanics, a boy sends away for a kit to grow mushrooms in his parents' cellar, something that seems to be catching on across the country. However, it isn't long before alarming behavior begins to manifest in those who eat the mushrooms."Almost The End Of The World" — Two miners return home to regale the locals with yet more tall tales of adventure only to find their town completely changed. Everything is freshly painted from homes to shops to flower pots—and the locals suddenly prohibit the miners from uttering a word."And The Sailor, Home From The Sea" — A dying sea captain and widower, now living on a wheat farm far from the ocean, asks his caretaker to bury him at sea where he lost his wife so many years ago. When the time comes, the caretaker follows through—without ever leaving the farm."A Miracle of Rare Device" — Two schemers always looking for a fast buck discover a mirage in the New Mexico desert that appears to be New York City! They begin selling tickets to passersby, only to learn that each person sees something completely different—and life altering—in the trick of light and heat."And So Died Riabouchinska" — A detective investigating a murder questions a ventriloquist, but only learns the truth through the man's exquisite Russian female puppet."Death and the Maiden" — Old Mam, or so the townsfolk call her, locked herself in her house decades ago, fearing the day when Death would come for her. She receives no visitors save for a grocery clerk who merely delivers food to her porch once every few weeks. When Death finally arrives, he tempts Old Mam with an unexpected offer."To The Chicago Abyss" — A homeless man who remembers what life on Earth was like before Annihilation Day is saved from a beating on the street by the member of a secret movement that wishes to return to the days of old. The homeless man's reputation has fallen under the scrutiny of the authorities so the movement's followers send the homeless man to a place of safety, but not before he imparts his knowledge to them."The Anthem Sprinters" — In Dublin, a group of Irishman place bets on who can run out of the cinema the fastest after a movie, in order to avoid listening to Ireland's national anthem, which is played after the end of every film. When an American tourist is convinced to ante up and join the fun, he finds that even this callous group has a heart of gold.

  • Zoltán
    2019-01-11 09:20

    Besorolása: science fiction, szépirodalom. igen, ez áll a belső borítón, és még sutaságában is mennyire pontos definiálása Bradbury novelláinak. Ha sci-fi, akkor is annak szoft vonulatához tartozik az antológia egyik-másik írása (Az öröm masinériái, A várakozó, vagy éppen a Szabadjegy...), melyben a fantasztikum az ember és a humán társadalom valamely inherens jellegzetességének kifordított, már-már az abszurd határát súrolóan groteszk bemutatása. Ez a kötet valamennyi novellájára nézve igaz. Mindez lehetőséget nyújt a szerző számára, hogy kacifántos gondolataival megfűszerezett témák igencsak széles spektrumát járja be - és járassa be velünk. kell-e nagyobb távolság, mint amekkora például, a A kisdobos..., A majdnem világvége és a Himnuszfutók között húzódik? Lehet-e nyomasztóbb élményt szerezni mindössze néhány oldalon, mint ami az El Día de Muerte nyomán támad? És milyen érzés, amikor már-már megszentségtelenítő módon kezdik ki érzésvilágunk legbensőbb zugainak egyikét (Juan Díaz életműve)? Soha, egy pillanatra sem bántam meg, hogy Bradbury gyűjteményes kötetébe kezdtem, noha némelyik írása máshonnan már ismerős volt. Amúgy is kedvelem a novellisztikus műfajt, hát még, ha valaki mesterien űzi! Ami Bradbury-t élesen elválasztja az epigonoktól, az az ő utánozhatatlan eredetisége. Nagyjából négy napon keresztül időről időre azon kaptam magam, hogy a sorban majd legutoljára következő novella, A himnuszfutók lehetséges alapötletén morfondírozok. Olyan szokatlan, szinte lehetetlen szóösszetétel - vajon mire utalhat? Vagy tíz, vadabbnál vadabb ötlet suhant át az agyamon, mondanom sem kell, még csak közelébe sem jutottam a valóságnak. A valóságnak, mely egyszerűségében nagyszerű, és furcsaságában magától értendő. Jó.

  • Bryce Holt
    2019-01-14 05:29

    A great moment in my life was meeting Ray Bradbury and having about 5 minutes with just him, I and another guy outside the LAX terminal, talking writing. He was even kind enough to take the time and send me a signed copy of "Zen and the Art of Writing," and because of that small gesture, will always go down as one of the kindest writers I had the pleasure of meeting back when I was still in the game.That said, half of his work is stellar and the other half just comes DOA. This is tragically part of the latter. A few good stories, sure, but this volume shows it's age in too many ways to look past. The majority of these short stories seem like Twilight Zone back-up episodes, which is odd since the content is overwhelmingly anti-television. I really think that Bradbury spent too much of his life trying to tell the world that TV was horrible, while accidentally writing for it. Not everything is bad, for sure. Really liked "The One Who Waits," "The Illustrated Woman" and "Some Live Like Lazarus." Still, 75% of the tales just had me excited to dig into my next book, whatever it may be. I'd pass and pick up one of Stephen King's short story collections instead. Probably "Night Shift," if you want the same vibe with better fear factory and more story.

  • Arax Miltiadous
    2018-12-27 04:30

    μου πήρε και αυτό λίγο χρόνο. Μου άρεσε πολύ όμως. πολλά μικρά διηγήματα και ιστορίες από το μέλλον και το παρελθόν , από τι πραγματικό και το μη , δείχνουν όλες πόσο χαρισματικός ήταν ο Bradbury και παρότι φαν του φαρεναιτ , κρίμα να μην έχεις διαβάσει τίποτε άλλο δικό του. Μερικές ιστορίες του με συγκίνησαν, άλλες με τρόμαξαν και άλλες με κατάβύθισαν σε σκέψεις. ..καμία όμως δεν με έκανε να γελάσω πάρα μόνο από ειρωνική ματαιοτητα που τόσο ταλαντούχα παρουσιάζει και περιγράφει ενίοτε. Είναι παλιά έκδοση το βιβλίο που έχω από εκδόσεις κακτος και δεν ξέρω αν υπάρχει πια στην αγορά μα αν κάποιος το πετύχει ας το διαβάσει. Αξίζει τον "κοπο".