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eBook Death is a Lonely Business ePub

by Ray Bradbury

  • ISBN: 0394547020
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st trade ed edition (October 12, 1985)
  • Pages: 277
  • ePub book: 1218 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1350 kb
  • Other: mobi mbr lrf lit
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 129

Description

Death is a Lonely Business. Also by Ray Bradbury. Death-is a lonely-business. No. The tide rose again in a gesture like a stance remembered from some other night.

Death is a Lonely Business. Venice, California, in the old days had much to recommend it to people who liked to be sad. It had fog almost every night and along the shore the moaning of the oil well machinery and the slap of dark water in the canals and the hiss of sand against the windows of your house when the wind came up and sang among the open places and along the empty walks. And the ghost shape rose again within the cage. It was a dead man wanting out.

Death Is a Lonely Business is a mystery novel by American writer Ray Bradbury, published in 1985. The story, set in 1949, is about a series of murders that happen in Venice, California, then a declining seaside community in Los Angeles where Bradbury lived from 1942 to 1950. The main character and narrator (who never mentions his name) is a sensitive, modest writer, with a girlfriend studying in Mexico City.

He hurled the towel at me. I caught it. "Get my back for me, will you?". I hurled the towel away. It fell and hung over his head, masking his face. The Horrible Hun was, for a moment, gone. The Horrible Hun was, for a moment, gone un King Apollo, his rump as bright as the apples of the gods, remained. From under the towel his voice said quietly: "The interview is over. Did it ever really begin?". I went downstairs as the dragon's sick calliope music was coming up. There were no words at all on the Venice Cinema marquee. All the letters were gone. Ray Bradbury, the undisputed Dean of American storytelling, dips his accomplished pen into the cryptic inkwell of noir and creates a stylish and slightly fantastical tale of mayhem and murder set among the shadows and the murky canals of Venice, California, in the early 1950s. Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a resemblance to the author) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter.

Death Is a Lonely Business book. Author: Ray Bradbury. It is the first in a series of three mystery novels that Bradbury wrote featuring a fictionalized version of the author himself as the unnamed narrator. Toiling away amid the looming palm trees and decaying bungalows, a struggling young writer (who bears a resemblance to the author) spins fantastic stories from his fertile imagination upon his clacking typewriter

Ray Bradbury is noted for his science fiction books, which I have never read, but I was recommended this book (his rare effort . I bought two of his newest books, one of which is the aforementioned Death is a Lonely Business.

Ray Bradbury is noted for his science fiction books, which I have never read, but I was recommended this book (his rare effort to write in a genre that he loved - the mystery novel. This is a remarkable story of love and friendship and it also has a true psycopathic killer in it. The book is peopled with wonderful eccentric characters and its setting is a dying 1950's California seaside town. I began reading it late last night and just finished it a little more than an hour ago.

He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, among many honors. Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932.

Death is a Lonely Business was Bradbury’s first novel in over thirty years, since the publication in 1962 of Something Wicked This Way Comes.

A detective named Elmo Crumley and a young writer seek the killer who has left bodies among the dismantled remains of the Venice, California, amusement pier

Comments

Cha Cha
This was a great story, and if you love Bradbury as I do, I think you will love this. It is his hard-boiled detective story like Dashiell Hammett, and it ,to me , has vintage Bradbury-isms: Venice Beach and a carnival type atmosphere, a writer, and crusty but good-hearted detective, and a faded movie star -whom I found lovely and charming- and a real murder. The dialogue is scintillating and poetic at times, and the characters are so interesting and likable. The mystery is not a supernatural one ; there is a real crime and a real killer, and it is a delight to see it unfold and it to be solved. Bradbury possess this witchcraft of making one feel nostalgic for a time one never even lived through.
I met him once, and he was as kind as one would imagine and took a lot of time talking to a young fan. I will always remember that, and though I have had the chance to meet many authors, few were as gracious and good as Ray Bradbury.
Folks, this is a good one. If you don't fall in love with Constance Rattigan, well, check your pulse...
It's so easy It's so easy
This is exactly what I hoped it was. I haven't done a lot of checking, but everything seems legitimate and awesome. I gave this as a gift to a good friend of mine so I can only really speak to how incredible the story itself is. Bradbury is an incredible story teller, Death is a Lonely Business is(to my knowledge) one of the only noir-esk stories that he ever wrote, and it's absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend, even if you don't get a collectors edition, that you read this story.
Eyalanev Eyalanev
I gave you good money, you give me a good product. That is how good business works. Hell, send me your ebooks and I will proofread them out of respect for this great author. It is more than you pinche bastards do.
The material itself was one of Bradbury’s best. It deserved more effort than this publisher displayed. You owe me a refund for butchering the product you sold.
Qusicam Qusicam
Ray Bradbury is one of my favorite authors, and this is a wonderful book. I am giving the Kindle edition two stars only because of the scan errors. There were more errors in the text of this book than I have seen in any other Kindle book I have purchased--more, even, than the books I have downloaded that were free.

Few writers have had the talent for language that Bradbury had. Each word was incredibly nuanced and chosen with great care. It's a shame that absolutely no care was taken to see that the words in this edition were the ones he chose.
Gholbithris Gholbithris
Ray Bradbury is a skilled author. One of his best talents is stringing an engaging story, which twists just when you think you're about to be satisfied with a great conclusion into an even better one! This story lives up to that trend. Like much of Ray Bradbury's work it is marked by weirdness and wonder; a little more weird and it's pure fantasy, a little less and it's autobiography. Bradbury's mix makes for an fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable read!
Ventelone Ventelone
old style classic 50's writting by the master
Quashant Quashant
More than any book I've read in the past 10 years, this book makes me want to write. There is so much going on in this book, i'd be doing it an injustice if I tried to package it in a short recommendation. However, I will say that if you like fiction, but you want something a little unconventional(but not avant garde), you'll probably love this book.
Had the feel of diluted Raymond Chandler, but the bad editing made it seem worse. Some of the dialogue was redeeming, but not enough for the time investment.