like its companion piece [b:Dandelion Wine|50033|Dandelion Wine|Ray Bradbury|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1374049845s/50033.jpg|1627774], Something Wicked This Way Comes is set in a mythical Green Town, Illinois, and of the same ethos by exploring the miracle and mystery within a carnival spectacle that comes to town. in comparison to Dandelion Wine, there is a more urgent and structured story, a more explicit struggle between good and evil, but like its companion work, you're either in or you're out. are evenings in suburban American liquid and magick? does the Carnival still carry its power in ordinary experience? I can't fully buy in, although the quality of the achievement is remarkable and compelling.
Bradbury is to some degree a pure 50s and 80s writer-- or, to simplify things, his key achievements came out in the 1950s, the era of Leave it to Beaver and L'il Rascals and whatnot, so it is notable that Bradbury produced his key works in his 30s, and wrote about the experience of being twelve. during America's shift to cultural conservatism in the 1980s, Bradbury came back and wrote another classic, Death is a Lonely Business, although this time the protagonist is an adult man and facing a fascinatingly complex and complicated female foil.