Down the TBR Hole #5
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“All on a Summer’s Night” seems to be classic Bradbury – not in the creepy, weird way of many of his horror and science fiction stories, but in an evocative, sweet-pleasures-and-emotions-of-childhood-way. The story focuses on a Fourth of July evening of a bygone time, what seems to be a simpler time when people did things like sit on their front porches on a summer evening. Douglas, a young boy who lives in his grandparents’ boardinghouse, has fallen in love with books and their authors, thanks to the efforts of a Miss Leonora Welkes, an older lady of indeterminate age, who has a room in the boardinghouse. Miss Welkes is the town librarian, and she is responsible for introducing Douglas to new “friends” such as Longfellow, Whittier, Poe, Shakespeare, and other authors.