Sunday, 17 June 2012
I just wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Ray Bradbury, who died earlier this month, by sharing a link to one of his stories - 'The Pedestrian'. This is a story that was read out to us in high school, presumably as part of an English class, more than 20 years ago now. And it's such a memorable tale that it has stayed with me ever since. As for the story, it's very simple - a man out for a solitary walk on a dark, frosty night is stopped by a patrolling police car and interrogated. And that's it. Yet, there is so much more going on here than just that. Judge for yourself by reading it, if you don't already know it. And if lines like this aren't beautiful writing then I don't know what are: 'There was a good crystal frost in the air; it cut the nose and made the lungs blaze like a Christmas tree inside.' Wonderful.