They sleep not, except that they have done mischief;
And their sleep is taken away, unless they cause
someone to fall.
For they eat the bread of wickedness,
And drink the wine of violence.
In which I talk about Ray Bradbury’s book: Something Wicked This Way Comes. Mild spoilers ahead.
I had forgotten I had this Bradbury book. It was on the shelf just gathering dust when I decided to read something and I rediscovered.
I have to say, I love it.
It feels very modern, even if the book is quite a few years old. There’s something very honest about the book that echoes for today’s image and youth obsessed society.
While we get the point of view of 3 males, an adult and 2 teen boys; it might as well be that of females. There’s the fear of being ‘young’ when you really feel you should be older than what you look or your birth age from one of the boys. And then there is the fear of growing old and death from the adult.
And all presented in a fantasy setting in which a carnival that promises to grant your wishes. And it does and twist them so it may feed of them. A carnival of freaks is what people see, but behind the facade there is the underlying of ‘the freaks’ that once were human with a certain fear and fell victims of both desires and the carnival (and its owners)’s wickedness.
There’s a scene, where the boys after discovering the secret and fear for their lives, go to the father of one of them and he gives a wonderful speech about humanity and the carnival, this is one of my favorite quotes of the book:
“So, in sum, what are we? We are creatures that know and know too much. That leave us with such a burden again we have a choice, to laugh or cry. No other animal does either. We do both, depending on the season and the need. Somehow, I feel the carnival watches, to see which we’re doing and how and why, and moves in on us when it feels we’re ripe.”
Seriously, I enjoy this book tremendously and I hope that if you’re reading, you’ll give this book a chance, even if you’ll probably find it in the YA section.