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30 review for The Pedestrian: A Fantasy in One Act

  1. 4 out of 5

    Petra X has the munchies

    Ray Bradbury wrote a story about being picked up by the cops for walking. Just walking. I had a not-dissimilar experience, I was also picked up for just walking. He wrote about it much better than me. Free to read here. My story in comment 4 Behind Bars: Surviving Prison. The police sometimes pick on people for no reason whatsoever but paranoia on their part, society, people who don't want to see anyone who doesn't look like them or act like them and want the police to 'clean them away'. In the ne Ray Bradbury wrote a story about being picked up by the cops for walking. Just walking. I had a not-dissimilar experience, I was also picked up for just walking. He wrote about it much better than me. Free to read here. My story in comment 4 Behind Bars: Surviving Prison. The police sometimes pick on people for no reason whatsoever but paranoia on their part, society, people who don't want to see anyone who doesn't look like them or act like them and want the police to 'clean them away'. In the next comment, msg 5 Laura saw the synchronicity and gave me a link to the story. That's how I like recommendations. Ones that really relate. Thanks Laura.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dante

    "The multicolored or grey lights touching their faces, but never really touching them" "The multicolored or grey lights touching their faces, but never really touching them"

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kimber

    A short snippet, peering into A.D. 2052, mid twenty first century. A dystopian future world where there are no writers, taking a walk at night is considered insane and the people are confined to their houses, staring at screens....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mila Temnyalova

    We had to read The Pedestrian in English class a couple of weeks back. Since normally the teacher prints out a few passages of long books, what I didn't expect was to come home and google this name, only to find out that those small two pages he gave us was the entire novella! Despite being incredibly short, The Pedestrian definitely stirred something in me. Imagine this - someone fifty years prior to today describing what the world would be like in a hundred years time. The most ironic part? Som We had to read The Pedestrian in English class a couple of weeks back. Since normally the teacher prints out a few passages of long books, what I didn't expect was to come home and google this name, only to find out that those small two pages he gave us was the entire novella! Despite being incredibly short, The Pedestrian definitely stirred something in me. Imagine this - someone fifty years prior to today describing what the world would be like in a hundred years time. The most ironic part? Sometimes it feels as though it's exactly like that. Walking down the empty streets at nighttime, staring at the flickering illuminations as they dance on the pulled over curtains, wondering what people are doing. Not only being alone, but feeling lonely in a world where nobody seems to share your values. I've аlso got to mention that one of my favourite quotes is from this short story. "... the multicolored or grey lights touching their faces, but never really touching them .." Overall, this was a quite enjoyable and thought-provoking read, if I do say so myself.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Althea Ann

    Published in 1951, two years before his most-famed work, 'Fahrenheit 451,' the themes here will be very familiar to anyone who's read that book. The short story also makes very clear what Bradbury meant when he made his controversial statement that his novel was not about the dangers of censorship but about the evils of television. The content of this story is simple: a solitary man takes his habitual evening walk through his neighborhood, passing house after dark house full of people sitting an Published in 1951, two years before his most-famed work, 'Fahrenheit 451,' the themes here will be very familiar to anyone who's read that book. The short story also makes very clear what Bradbury meant when he made his controversial statement that his novel was not about the dangers of censorship but about the evils of television. The content of this story is simple: a solitary man takes his habitual evening walk through his neighborhood, passing house after dark house full of people sitting and watching TV. No one else is on the streets - and the man is stopped and arrested by an unmanned police vehicle for his suspicious and deviant behavior. The message is precisely the same as that of 'Fahrenheit 451' and it's stated even more clearly here. Yes, the faceless government forces are cracking down on "regressive" and anti-social behavior. But the reason is because that is what the masses want. The man we see here - an unemployed writer - has cultivated skills that are undesired by his society. He is single; no one even wants him as a partner. Every single other person in his neighborhood is happy to eschew personal contact. As in the novel, the oppressive dystopian government that we glimpse here is actually doing exactly what the majority of the people wants - and that is the truly frightening aspect of the prediction. The danger is not necessarily that a future society will be crushed by forces from above - but that a future society will no longer see value in intellectual freedom and the diversity of complex and dissenting expression of opinions. Personally, I don't think that TV is all that bad. It certainly CAN be bad, but it doesn't have to be. It's just another media format, and is perfectly able to convey worthwhile content. I would be more in agreement with the noted TV journalist Edward R. Murrow, who, not long after this story (and Fahrenheit 451) was published, in 1957, said: "It might be helpful if those who control television and radio would sit still for a bit and attempt to discover what it is they care about. If television and radio are to be used to entertain all of the people all of the time, then we have come perilously close to discovering the real opiate of the people." However, while I might not agree that TV is the danger, I certainly do agree with Bradbury's core idea regarding the dangers inherent in the dumbing down of society and the waning interest in intellectual pursuits in general.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    World gone crazy. Unfortunately, all of this original dystopian novels written as a warning to the future have gone unheeded by the masses and taken as a “how to” by those in power. I love Bradbury, but this one was slightly one note to me. Not bad and a quick read. 3 stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    Falling in love with his prose everyday.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Amazing - that Ray Bradbury could say so much with so few words - the day when it becomes a crime just to take a walk: keep telling yourself 'it's just science-fiction." Amazing - that Ray Bradbury could say so much with so few words - the day when it becomes a crime just to take a walk: keep telling yourself 'it's just science-fiction."

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    Well, that was boring and weird. I read this for English class and considering it was like a five-minute read, I don't have much to say. It's supposed to be dystopian but I can see this whole thing happening this day and age... that says something about something but I don't know what and my brain is tired. the moral of the story is sometimes people do stuff and stuff happens the end | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram Well, that was boring and weird. I read this for English class and considering it was like a five-minute read, I don't have much to say. It's supposed to be dystopian but I can see this whole thing happening this day and age... that says something about something but I don't know what and my brain is tired. the moral of the story is sometimes people do stuff and stuff happens the end | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  10. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    Sometimes it's interesting to read old science fiction to see what the author got wrong... or right. In the case of "The Pedestrian", it's a mixed bag. Bradbury nails the social isolation and addiction factors that can go along with technology. In this story, only one man is out and about after dark taking walks; everyone else is closed up tight in their homes, watching TV. (The author probably didn't even anticipate how things like phones and other devices would isolate us from each other even Sometimes it's interesting to read old science fiction to see what the author got wrong... or right. In the case of "The Pedestrian", it's a mixed bag. Bradbury nails the social isolation and addiction factors that can go along with technology. In this story, only one man is out and about after dark taking walks; everyone else is closed up tight in their homes, watching TV. (The author probably didn't even anticipate how things like phones and other devices would isolate us from each other even more than television!) There's what appears to be a self-driving car. On the other hand, though, there are weird references to black-and-white TV, phonograph static, and punch-cards that run AI... so the story is very much a product of its time. I'm not sure I entirely understand Leonard's motivations for his actions (or lack thereof). Was it to show how bad the dystopia has gotten that he feels resistance would be futile? Or does it just not occur to him to fight back? (I'm sure English teachers would have a field day getting students to analyze this one.) I'm reading more for enjoyment, though, and in this case, to see how the technological imagination of the author has held up over the years. While I didn't love this story, I didn't hate it, either. It's purely average for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    This is a ridiculously short novella, but have checked it nonetheless, as it quite simply conveys so much during its few pages - something that can be given interesting perspectives in the world of today. Basically, it's a dystopia where everyone watches TV. With everyone at home, there's no need for police, so the state has reduced the amount of police cars from 3 to 1. Now, our protagonist has as his favorite pastime to walk around. Just walk. He encounters the police car, and well, no surprise This is a ridiculously short novella, but have checked it nonetheless, as it quite simply conveys so much during its few pages - something that can be given interesting perspectives in the world of today. Basically, it's a dystopia where everyone watches TV. With everyone at home, there's no need for police, so the state has reduced the amount of police cars from 3 to 1. Now, our protagonist has as his favorite pastime to walk around. Just walk. He encounters the police car, and well, no surprise there as to the consequences of being a complete oddball compared to the rest of society.. I really enjoy how this explores the same areas as Fahrenheit 451. It's not per se what happens when we stop reading, but it's the same principle: what happens when we stop intellectually stimulate ourselves? I think it's a scary thought, and although this short story doesn't really make an attempt at a "realistic" dystopia (at least in 2012), it provides great stuff for thought at just two pages. Added to this, there are a range of other aspects that could be considered when it's about people watching television. Isolation, lack of socializing - all moving towards the machines that we could potentially become. And that sure as hell is intriguing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tim Vandenberg

    Based on an actual event in Bradbury's young life in Los Angeles (the main character's address is that of Bradbury in Venice, CA), this is a very poignant short story of an all-too-real, now-present/near-future time when walking the sidewalks is nigh-illegal while people instead should be staring at their TV screens all night long in their mausoleum-like homes: "The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the gray or multicolored lights touching their expressionles Based on an actual event in Bradbury's young life in Los Angeles (the main character's address is that of Bradbury in Venice, CA), this is a very poignant short story of an all-too-real, now-present/near-future time when walking the sidewalks is nigh-illegal while people instead should be staring at their TV screens all night long in their mausoleum-like homes: "The tombs, ill-lit by television light, where the people sat like the dead, the gray or multicolored lights touching their expressionless faces but never really touching them." This short story was a predecessor of "The Fireman" which itself was the "draft" of "Fahrenheit 451". "The Pedestrian" has several echoes of F451 within, such as "Magazines and books didn't sell any more," leaving the writer, Leonard Mead, out of work. Also, several very similar linguistic phrases are also found in both Pedestrian & F451, such as "buckling sidewalks" and the tomb-like description of TV-worshiping homes. A short but powerful work. Bradbury was a prophet of the media-addiction-gone-awry time that has now already come. Very recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Rocha

    Good insight and connection to Fahrenheit 451

  14. 4 out of 5

    J.B.

    There was absolutely nothing to this story. A guy walked around, had an odd way of thinking about and looking at the world around him. A world of which wasn't clear till near the last page. Nothing about this story worked. It read like a first draft, the seed of an idea. An idea, that admittedly could have been good if Bradbury had waited until it was finished to put it out. There was absolutely nothing to this story. A guy walked around, had an odd way of thinking about and looking at the world around him. A world of which wasn't clear till near the last page. Nothing about this story worked. It read like a first draft, the seed of an idea. An idea, that admittedly could have been good if Bradbury had waited until it was finished to put it out.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Richard Dominguez

    A future where society has become obsessed with the media screen over living their lives. It's a bit frightening to see how on the mark Bradbury's view of the future is. An excellent reading by Justin Thomas James A future where society has become obsessed with the media screen over living their lives. It's a bit frightening to see how on the mark Bradbury's view of the future is. An excellent reading by Justin Thomas James

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kostan

    Pertinent to the current situation in this lockdown world.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brock Brunner

    Personal Response I think this was a short but solid book. I felt as if I was truly there in the scene of the book watching it all go down. I like the way Ray Bradbury described everything and it was put together quite well. This was probably one of my favorite short stories so far. Summary The book starts off with the main character, Leonard Mead, standing at a crosswalk on a cold November night. He continued to walk down the sidewalk, like he has done every night for many years. Leonard loved go Personal Response I think this was a short but solid book. I felt as if I was truly there in the scene of the book watching it all go down. I like the way Ray Bradbury described everything and it was put together quite well. This was probably one of my favorite short stories so far. Summary The book starts off with the main character, Leonard Mead, standing at a crosswalk on a cold November night. He continued to walk down the sidewalk, like he has done every night for many years. Leonard loved going on walk at night. He would sometimes go on walks that were a few miles long. As he would pass houses, he´d whisper to them all different kinds of things. He would usually ask them what was going on tonight on the news or how they were doing. Although they didn´t respond because, well they´re houses. Leonard would chuckle a little then continue walking. When he got to a certain point, he turned around to head home. As he came around a corner, a police car came driving up to him and flashed its lights on him. Then a loud voice told him to freeze and put his hands up. Leonard was confused and asked why, but then the voice yelled ¨Do it or I´ll shoot!¨ Leonard quickly raised his hands in the air. Then the voice started asking a bunch of questions to him. They wanted to know why he was out this late and what he was doing. Leonard told the voice that he was just going on his nightly walk. They kept on questioning him and Leonard was getting quite confused. The voice finally said to get in the car, but Leonard refused. The voice boomed and told him to get in now. Scared, Leonard slowly walked over and got in the back. He wanted to know where he was going, but the voice didn´t answer, just drove off. Recommendation I recommend this story to anyone who likes Ray Bradbury. It is a great, short book and any fan of Bradbury fans will like this. I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars because of the total cliffhanger it left. Other than that, it was good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Hamilton

    Ray Bradbury is one of my favourite authors and every book of his, though I haven't read many, was perfect. This one was one of the best stories I've ever read and I loved every bit of it. There is only one person in it, and he is the kind of person you want to put in your pocket and save from all the harshness of the world. The background people are flat, and the robot character is downright creepy. The main character's name is Leonard Mead. He is adorable and very lovable. He's the kind of pers Ray Bradbury is one of my favourite authors and every book of his, though I haven't read many, was perfect. This one was one of the best stories I've ever read and I loved every bit of it. There is only one person in it, and he is the kind of person you want to put in your pocket and save from all the harshness of the world. The background people are flat, and the robot character is downright creepy. The main character's name is Leonard Mead. He is adorable and very lovable. He's the kind of person who enjoys the little things, appreciates every second, and finds beauty in everything that surrounds him. This story was presented in my English Literature course, along with four others. When I read this one, I knew I would be working with it even before I read the others. It just appealed to me so strongly, even though the ending was not a happily-ever-after. I can't say too much more about the story because it is only three pages long. Go read it, people. I'm telling you, it's totally worth it, especially in this day and age. https://archive.org/details/Pedestria...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claire Berndt

    Personal Response:I enjoyed this story a lot because it was futuristic and provoked my idea of what the world will be like in the future. I did not really like the way it ended because it left some questions unanswered. Plot Summary: The story takes place in the year 2053 and follows a man named Leonard Mead. He walks alone every night for eight years straight. He says he is alone in the world but later we find out that he is not actually alone. Everyone else is in their house watching televisio Personal Response:I enjoyed this story a lot because it was futuristic and provoked my idea of what the world will be like in the future. I did not really like the way it ended because it left some questions unanswered. Plot Summary: The story takes place in the year 2053 and follows a man named Leonard Mead. He walks alone every night for eight years straight. He says he is alone in the world but later we find out that he is not actually alone. Everyone else is in their house watching television or on some type of technology. We get an idea of this when a police car pulls him over and starts questioning him but there is not an actual person in the car. The police man asks Leonard questions about what he is doing and then makes him get in the car to take him to a Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. Leonard tries to protest but fails in doing so. Recommendations: I would recommend this story to anyone who likes futuristic stories. I think kids in middle school and up could read this or even adults too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Oana Mihoc

    Bradbury's stories are generally my cup of tea and this made no exception. Although short, "The Pedestrian" presents a gloomy view of the future, in which simply walking outside and enjoying fresh air is seen as an act of rebellion which needs to be punished. Dystopian fiction at its best! Bradbury's stories are generally my cup of tea and this made no exception. Although short, "The Pedestrian" presents a gloomy view of the future, in which simply walking outside and enjoying fresh air is seen as an act of rebellion which needs to be punished. Dystopian fiction at its best!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    It was Fahrenheit 451 in two pages. And, to my tastes, the better for it. I read it online here courtesy of James: http://mikejmoran.typepad.com/files/p... It was Fahrenheit 451 in two pages. And, to my tastes, the better for it. I read it online here courtesy of James: http://mikejmoran.typepad.com/files/p...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eya ☾

    This is frighteningly realistic. and odd. and bloody brilliant.

  23. 4 out of 5

    JohnnyBear

    8 out of 10 I read this short story in school, and I found it to be massively enjoyable. It's amazing how quickly Ray Bradbury can pull you into this world, and despite being so short, it's insanely memorable, descriptive, and fun to read. I love how just one sentence at the end creates an entirely different meaning to what you just read. Sure, I wish it was longer, but I love the simple nature of this story, and I love how something so short made me ponder for so long. I loved it! 8 out of 10 I read this short story in school, and I found it to be massively enjoyable. It's amazing how quickly Ray Bradbury can pull you into this world, and despite being so short, it's insanely memorable, descriptive, and fun to read. I love how just one sentence at the end creates an entirely different meaning to what you just read. Sure, I wish it was longer, but I love the simple nature of this story, and I love how something so short made me ponder for so long. I loved it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mariana

    So simple yet so amazing. He is everything a reader could ask for, these days.

  25. 4 out of 5

    shalea

    It was okay.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Quite a 2020 story

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beck

    leonard is a bit "i'M nOt lIkE otHer GirLS" leonard is a bit "i'M nOt lIkE otHer GirLS"

  28. 5 out of 5

    emily

    i hate the pedestrian. i wrote too many dumb essays on this dumb story i hate it so much why did you write it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mikella

    I think I liked this book the best Like the others they were futuristic and ahead of the times But they also showed what was to come of us in 50 years and I would much rather NOT have this happen it looks like it's actually quite true....? I think I liked this book the best Like the others they were futuristic and ahead of the times But they also showed what was to come of us in 50 years and I would much rather NOT have this happen it looks like it's actually quite true....?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Hobbs

    The Pedestrian is a short speculative fiction based on the future of technology. It isn't really my type of book but i actually didn't mind it, Bradbury knew what he was writing about and if you take it in to a deeper perspective you can see all the hidden meanings and themes of the story. This was written when television had just come out and the accuracy of this telling is mind blowing. How Bradbury could almost see into the future and tell us exactly what is going to happen is beyond me. All in The Pedestrian is a short speculative fiction based on the future of technology. It isn't really my type of book but i actually didn't mind it, Bradbury knew what he was writing about and if you take it in to a deeper perspective you can see all the hidden meanings and themes of the story. This was written when television had just come out and the accuracy of this telling is mind blowing. How Bradbury could almost see into the future and tell us exactly what is going to happen is beyond me. All in all it was a nice and meaningful read to pass some time.

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