The Machineries of Joy

The Machineries of Joy❴Reading❵ ➶ The Machineries of Joy Author Ray Bradbury – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk ბედნიერების მექანიზმები ის ვინც იცდისTyrannosaurus Rex არდადეგებიშაილოს პატარა მედ 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 ხუან დიასის უმთავრესი საქმე ჩიკაგოს უფსკრულისკენგაასწარი ჰიმნს. 21 stories from the late 50searly 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 cataractshosepipes 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 eually 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 45 rounded up to 5 Reviewed for Books and livres A sheer reading pleasure that reminds me of my teenage years when Bradbury was one of my favourite writers he still is I may have read this back then I remember the title of The illustrated woman because I'd read The illustrated manOf course since it's a collection of stories all are not eually good but Bradbury's humour his imagination his writing really appealed to me How can everyday situations suddenly turn weird ? Priests arguing about the papal encyclical on space traveling souls live on Mars in wells how to manipulate irate film directors people disappearing from the Earth just because you wish them to how a boy can lead a battle with a drum how to take over the world when you can't move how does the world survive when TV and radio suddenly disappear by perfuming dogs and permanenting their hairs and painting everything why does the summer end when it's just begun are you living a legend what happens during the Day of the dead how to keep your husband when you're an illustrated woman people that live forever and prevent those around them from living how to deal with mirages and philosophy can a soul inhabit a puppet how do we look on beggars this one was at the same time easy to smile at and terribly poignant how an old woman fights death Twilight zone anyone ? how a situation can be reversed through the years how to be a monogamous polygamist how to make money for your family after your death what will the future look like and how will we look at memories who are the anthem sprinters and what do they do ?You'll have all the answers reading this bookThey had enjoyed thirty years of nonviolence together in their case meaning nonwork I feel a harvest coming on Will would say and they'd clear out of town before the wheat ripened Or those apples are ready to fall So they'd stand back about three hundred miles so as not to get hit on the head 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 SFhorror 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 mundanegeneral fiction type stories in the collection This was one was easily the best A timeless topic to say the leastInteresting enough the only very weak story is the title story 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 US today Bradbury is really a fantasy writer and one with a uniue voice Generally 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 whitenessAmong the gems included in this collection of 21 short stories are uite 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 briefMy 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 eual number of TV channels could hope to match 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 interestAlmost 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 nightWho won?Damned if I know Pretty much sums it upSome Live Like Lazarus A creepy love story about a son and his overbearing MomSo Died Riabouchinska A man in love with a marionette reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episodeDeath and the Maiden Another story reminiscent of Twilight Zone an old woman bars her door to DeathTo the Chicago Abyss A bleak tale of the future similar to Farenheit 451 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 This collection of short fiction ranges over several genres rather than the fantasyscience fiction for which the author is known These include macabre tales of life in Mexico in a rather death orientated culture a story in which an old woman is visited by Death in the guise of a lost young lover who offers her one day as an eighteen year old again and a tale about a family who are the only ones left after the parents wished everyone else awayThe most effective in the book for me were 'The One Who Waits' a story set on Mars about a strange lifeform 'Some Live Like Lazarus' in which a woman narrates how she feels about a man she has known from childhood who had promised to marry her but allowed his domineering mother to come between them and 'A Flight of Ravens' about the shocking transformation of old friends that a man visits in the hope of finding respite On balance I would give it a 3 star rating 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 meThe 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 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 fantasysurrealism 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 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 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