From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: RE: (urth) "Petting Zoo" Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 09:08:46 -0800 Though I haven't read "Petting Zoo" I can repsond to this. Mantis wrote: > Hmm, Bradbury. From my perspective, Bradbury stories about childhood are > either nostalgic for a real (more authentic) past (Bradbury's childhood > years) or dread for a nightmarish present/future from around 1960 onward > ("The Playground," "The Little Assassin," eek, these two are quite > Ballardian). Ummmm... well, "The Small Assassin" was written _well_ before '60, and (if I'm not mistaken) appeared in Bradbury's first collection, "Dark Carnival." Indeed, a number of Bradbury's childhood stories are exaggerations/portrayals of the very real dreads children feel - i.e., "Fever Dream." The nostalgic element you mention (summed up in DANDELION WINE) is neatly combined with the "childhood fears" element in at least two of Bradbury's finest novels: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (ignore the movie) and THE HALLOWE'EN TREE. --Dan'l --