Thursday 9 November 2017

THE MURDERER by Ray Bradbury

The Murderer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another story my daughter read for school and suggested I check out. I like Ray Bradbury and I enjoy a good short story, so I did.

Mr. Brock calls himself The Murderer because he's made it his mission to kill all the devices that hold people hostage every moment of the day. When the psychiatrist interviews him, Mr. Brock explains, in great detail and delight, how he went about doing it, and why...

This is is a short story that starts out suddenly and proves Mr. Brock's detailed assumptions about contraptions before we even meet him. That the psychiatrist is surrounded my never-ending music and takes several calls while walking down a busy office block before the interview is sheer brilliance.

I also liked how Ray Bradbury not only predicted OUR future, but created devices that echo the ones we have while also being totally unique. Loved that! Very clever.

One of my favourite things is when The Murderer refers to the TV as Medusa, because ain't that the truth?

Anyway. I felt bad for Mr. Brock. All he wanted was a bit of peace and quiet.

Is that really too much to ask for?

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