Something Wicked this Way Comes Is this week’s novel. It was written by Ray Bradbury and originally published in 1962. I don’t think it is out of line to say that this novel is a classic of literature and has had a wide ranging influence. Despite this it took me until 2018 to read it! Late, but better late than never.
I loved this book! Honestly, I finished it a couple days ago and I’ve been trying to think what to write about it but it’s difficult. Theres something intangible about the way Bradbury tells the story. I shouldn’t like it as much as I did. It’s overwritten but that doesn’t bother me. The dense almost poetic prose fits the story and setting. It’s strange and abnormal but then the whole book is.
There’s just and honesty to it that cuts deep. Especially with the father character. I won’t spoil anything of course. (Though you have had 56 years to read it.) They always say that you should try to challenge your characters with their greatest weakness and that happens in spades in this novel. Temptation and regret are huge themes and Bradbury plays with them quite well.
The novel is just one of those that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go anywhere. The stakes are high, for the specific character at least. They have to work together to overcome the obstacles which tests and offers the chance to strengthen their relationships. Bradbury is able to really create an atmosphere that is both spooky and almost melancholic.
Overall this novel is just really good and a must read for people. I’ve seen criticisms about about it and I can’t really argue them too much. It’s one of those things that if you don’t buy into the style in which it’s written than you won’t like it. Despite that I would recommend that everyone gives it a go. It’s a pretty short novel and it reads quick.
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