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Monday, 30 March 2009

Quotation of the Week (14/09)


And after all, isn't that what life is all about, the ability to go around back and come up inside other people's heads to look out at the damned fool miracle and say: oh, so that's how you see it!? Well, now, I must remember that.

Ray Bradbury

These words of wisdom are from the 1974 introduction to Ray Bradbury's semi-autobiographical novel Dandelion Wine (originally published in 1957). This is one of my favourite books ever since I first read it back in my teens. My old Swedish copy printed in 1972 fell apart recently when I took it out to look something up. I sent for a new one in English now, and it turned out to include this introduction entitled "Just This Side of Byzantium", in which Bradbury looks back on the writing process behind the book. That made me look forward even more to rereading the whole novel now, in the original language!

1 comment:

California Girl said...

When you can, read Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man". I think it will hold up.


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