A Medicine for Melancholy

A Medicine for Melancholy

And Other Stories

eBook - 2001
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Ray Bradbury is a painter who uses words rather than brushes--for he created lasting visual images that, once observed, are impossible to forget. Sinister mushrooms growing in a dank cellar. A family's first glimpse at Martians. A wonderful white vanilla ice-cream summer suit that changes everyone who wears it. A great artist drawing in the sand on the beach. A clunky contraption made out of household implements to help some kids play a game called Invasion. The most marvelous Christmas display a little boy ever saw. All those images and many more are inside this book, a new trade edition of thirty-one of Bradbury's most arresting tales--timeless short fiction that ranges from the farthest reaches of space to the innermost stirrings of the heart. Ray Bradbury is known worldwide as one of the century's great men of imagination. Here are thirty-one reasons why.Ray Bradbury is a painter who uses words rather than brushes--for he created lasting visual images that, once observed, are impossible to forget. Sinister mushrooms growing in a dank cellar. A familys first glimpse at Martians. A wonderful white vanilla ice-cream summer suit that changes everyone who wears it. A great artist drawing in the sand on the beach. A clunky contraption made out of household implements to help some kids play a game called Invasion. The most marvelous Christmas display a little boy ever saw. All those images and many more are inside this book, a new trade edition of thirty-one of Bradburys most arresting tales--timeless short fiction that ranges from the farthest reaches of space to the innermost stirrings of the heart. Ray Bradbury is known worldwide as one of the centurys great men of imagination. Here are thirty-one reasons why.

Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2001
ISBN: 9780062242105
0062242105
Characteristics: 1 online resource (307 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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IndyPL_SteveB Jan 09, 2019

One of the basic Bradbury collections. Bradbury is often thought of as a science fiction writer, but that is an inadequate description. He was just a writer, who wrote science fiction, horror, fantasy, romance, mystery, realism, and blends of all, usually with a twist at the end.

*A Medicine for Melancholy* includes a number of favorites which have been anthologized a lot in the past, maybe even in your high school literature anthology. “All Summer in a Day” is about a community on Venus which gets rain constantly for seven years in a row until they get one four-hour period of sun. In “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit”, several men get together to purchase a beautiful white suit that each will take a turn wearing. “The Day it Rained Forever” is about three old men refusing to leave a beat-up hotel in a desert town and the surprise visitor who wakes them up. “Dark They Were and Golden-Eyed” and “The Million Year Picnic” are stories also included in *The Martian Chronicles*. “The Town Where No One Got Off” is a chilling psychological suspense story. “Icarus Montgolfier Wright” is an inspirational story about rockets that influenced a number of astronauts.

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