Listening to this on audiobook, I am even more astonished by the power of Bradbury's words. Twice today Bradbury has introduced new characters, and within the space of a chapter I have been in tears, so well have I got to know and love the characters in just one or two thousand words. Nor is it a quick tear and move on - the sustained poignancy of the situation is not artificial, and I have been awash in the middle of Aylesbury traffic. Yes, officer, I was using a mobile phone. I did not touch the smartphone, but it touched my heart.
How can anyone write both the young and the old with such intimacy?