In the story, a mother and father struggle with their technologically advanced home taking over their role as parents, and their children becoming uncooperative as a result of their lack of discipline. The Hadley family lives in an automated house called "The Happylife Home", filled with machines that aid them in completing everyday tasks, such as tying their shoes, bathing themselves, or even cooking their food. The two children, Peter and Wendy, [a] become fascinated with the "nursery", a virtual reality room able to reproduce any place they imagine. The parents, George and Lydia, begin to wonder if there is something wrong with their way of life. Lydia tells George, "That's just it. The house is wife and mother now, and nursemaid.
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The Veldt by Ray Bradbury ,. Gary Kelley. The advanced technology of a house first pleases then increasingly terrifies its occupants.
Get A Copy. Paperback , 45 pages. Published November 20th by Creative Education first published September 23rd More Details Original Title. George Hadley , Lydia Hadley. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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May 29, Kevin Kuhn rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction , short-stories. I am constantly amazed at the predictive capacity of Golden Age science fiction writers. He aptly describes a smart home and a lifelike too lifelike virtual reality room sort of a Star Trek holodeck. I just reread it, as part of a Science Fiction Facebook group I belong to.
View all 8 comments. Oct 20, Lyn rated it really liked it. The Veldt was first published in The Saturday Evening Post in , and this has been a ubiquitous entry into many collections of his work and has been published on its own in countless anthologies.
A family has a smart house a recurring theme in his work where machines and robots do virtually all of the work. Juvenile images of fairy tales and innocent make believe has tuned into an unsettlingly realistic scene from the African veldt. A psychologist suggests that all the automation has been bad for children and he recommends cutting them off from the disturbing scene.
Peter and Wendy and perhaps the room as well are none too pleased. Emotionally chilling and allegorically prophetic Bradbury has in The Veldt anticipated in Peter and Wendy the Millennials fifty years before the first one was born.
A must read for Bradbury and SF fans. View 2 comments. Jan 30, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it really liked it Shelves: usa , literature.
In , with television becoming more and more integrated in daily life, Ray Bradbury's Sci-Fi paranoia gland started swelling up to epic proportions. After lancing the painful bubble that was his frustrations about easy entertainment and all manner of super-fast flashy new things that do seemingly everything for you, Bradbury bled out all his puss and blood on the page. That makes this story sound dark, and it is pretty dark in many ways, but it is also whimsical and humorous in its dealings w In , with television becoming more and more integrated in daily life, Ray Bradbury's Sci-Fi paranoia gland started swelling up to epic proportions.
That makes this story sound dark, and it is pretty dark in many ways, but it is also whimsical and humorous in its dealings with real-life themes such as letting moving pictures raise your children, and how all this newness distances us from more engaged, tribe-like family life and child-rearing, from basic physical exertion, and in a lot of ways from anything beyond base-level thought.
A family of four lives in a super-modern home in which all one is ever required to do is sit in a chair and be fed, washed, clothed, amused, put to bed, you name it. A special play room, resembling Star Trek's infamous Holodeck, allows a brother and sister whom sneaky Bradbury chose to name Peter and Wendy to create a realistic simulation of whatever fantasy world they choose to visit in their minds.
Their father becomes concerned one day when the room suddenly gets stuck on an African veldt scene complete with roaring, blood-thirsty lions and a scorching-hot sun.
When he attempts to shut it off out of fear for his and his family's safety, a battle of wills between the adults and children ensues, with the latter brandishing the powers of the technology which raised them as if it were a saber. That is all I can tell you as far as plot, and that was already perhaps a bit too much reveal. Sorry 'bout that. Summaries of short stories are danger! The dystopian themes and the pitchy humor are quite Saunders-like, if Saunders were to take a cue from, say, a Wes Anderson and lighten up just a little bit a tiny little bit in approaching the true-to-life, big, scary obstacles of living in the hyper-advanced, over-crowded, isolating and deadening modern world.
The dialogue itself is very Anderson-y, with comments insinuating completely pompous idiocy being delivered by both the father and the single-mindedly greedy therapist-friend he asks to assist him in dealing with his problematic son and daughter. Hilariously lacking in self-awareness these characters are, with the exception of the children whose personalities more closely resemble a combination of every bad kid with a golden ticket to Wonka's factory: greedy, demanding, mean-spirited, manipulative, and hostile toward adults.
A similar insinuation to Dahl's flows under the surface of this story, that the parents more than kinda asked for these demon-children with the sloppy, negligent parenting that resulted from their insatiable desires and mindless self-interest. Into the pit with those bloodthirsty sons of whores! This is a truly great example of the short story form being properly utilized. If you want to double-experience it, read it on the page and then go find the PRI broadcast where Stephen Colbert reads it to you.
His delivery is on as always, as he truly gets the dark comedy elements of what is on the surface just a simple Sci-Fi horror story. Why, oh why isn't he my cool uncle? I want him to read me to sleep nightly. Wow, I have clearly veered off-topic and started geeking, so I guess this review has reached its conclusion. Jan 24, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-starstar.
View 1 comment. Jul 29, Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Prophetic in its depiction and, emotionally, quite unsettling; in which children are ready to kill their parents. Easily the best of my short story binge. Ray Bradbury never disappoints. Apr 27, Stacey rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-review-or-notes , short-story-or-novelette.
When you read a short story like this one, there's no mistaking the reasons Bradbury is regarded as a master storyteller. His stories are at their most powerful when he's writing of children, as here, and such as Dandelion Wine , or All Summer In a Day. He creates a sense of inevitability, even resignation. You can see the ending coming, you even know why it's coming, and which turn you took to get you there.
Still it drags you along to the end, and the story lingers, long after you've read the l When you read a short story like this one, there's no mistaking the reasons Bradbury is regarded as a master storyteller. Still it drags you along to the end, and the story lingers, long after you've read the last word.
This theme turns up repeatedly in Bradbury's shorter works, this idea of mind numbing and load lightening technologies destroying our connection as families, in society.
As our external lives become more automated, our selves begin to disintegrate, and our natural attachments can become lost. In this story, children use technology to satisfy their every whim.
What makes it so chilling is that one can see elements of our current reality in the fantasy. Maybe what makes him the master is his ability to frame our faults as "developed" people into a story that we must hope could never come true. Oct 04, Jazzy Lemon rated it it was amazing. Super classic super sci-fi from the master, Ray Bradbury. Jul 17, Davyne DeSye rated it it was amazing.
This is a creepy little short story. Peter and Wendy the children live with their parents in an ultra-modern, do-it-all-for-you home. The home cooks, cleans, bathes, nurtures, entertains, etc. The nursery, to which Peter and This is a creepy little short story.
The nursery, to which Peter and Wendy appear to be addicted, is a virtual reality room which creates whatever the children chose to imagine.
Characters in The Veldt by Ray Bradbury
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Ray Bradbury: Short Stories Summary and Analysis of "The Veldt"
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Ray Bradbury Published in by Doubleday, the book was a great success with readers and critics alike. It was the perfect follow-up to Bradbury's successful publication of The Martian Chronicles the year before, and it cemented his reputation as a great writer. The anthology is a collection of short stories, most of which had been previously published individually in pulp and slick magazines.