“The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury” – Neil Gaiman

This week’s published piece is “The Man Who forgot Ray Bradbury” by Neil Gaiman. In case you’ve been living under a rock in an alternate universe, Neil Gaiman is  an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbery and Carnegie medals.

This story is included in the short story collection Shadow Show inspired by literary legend, Ray Bradbury. In the story, the narrator wakes up one day and realizes he’s forgotten something very important, and struggles to regain that missing piece. I won’t say any more about it, because it’s one of those stories you have to just read, and not summarize!

Think about these questions as you read:

1) Would this story have as much impact if you didn’t know anything about Ray Bradbury and his legacy of stories?

2) How does Gaiman evoke a sense of forgetting? How does he “show” this?

3) As the narrator forgets words and struggles to remember them, how does he “creep up on them from another direction?” And how does the author creep up on the central idea of his story? Is this method effective ?


— Andrea



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