I read The Illustrated Man because I’m a huge fan of Ray Bradbury. The first novel I’ve read was The Martian Chronicles, back in college, and it hooked me! I learned the existence of The Illustrated Man through a Criminal Minds episode in which it is referenced. But, without further explanation, here’s my review.
One night, our narrator meets a wanderer, the Illustrated Man, so-called because he is tattooed from head to toe. Through the night, the stories on his body become awake. And with it, its lot of anguish.
As I said before, I love Ray Bradbury. I think he’s one of the best sci-fi authors that ever were. And even if some of his stories seem kind of untrue, because we are now living the future he imagined. The thematic in them remains true and universal. Even more so when you consider how dependent we are on technologies nowadays. More so with the COVID.
The Illustrated Man is a collection of short stories, all revolving around the future. A future that might be close or not, depending on your point of view and when you read it.
I really liked this book because, as I said before, most of the themes in the book remain true, even in 2020. The fact that people can be ruthless with each other in the name of the greater good. Or the fact that in the rise of technologies, we risk losing our humanity.
Should you read The Illustrated Man?
Of course, you should at least once in your life, read a Bradbury book. And to get started with sci-fi, he is really the perfect author!