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Chosen as one of the best stories of 1952


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Chosen as one of the best stories of 1952

30 review for The Other Foot (Classics Stories of Ray Bradbury)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    This story is a continuation from one of the stories in The Martian Chronicles where African Americans decide to travel to Mars in order to escape the oppression on Earth. Now that Earth has been destroyed due to the nuclear wars, the people on Earth need a new place to call home, and their only option is Mars. I think Bradbury did a brilliant job in telling this story, and the ending left me pleasantly surprised.

  2. 4 out of 5

    L.D.

    A fast read with lovely painted pictures. Gives a look at forgiveness and moving on.

  3. 5 out of 5

    catherine ♡

    Liked this one. There’s something both futuristic and archaic about it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Though the purpose of this story was to show a way to live without racism, somewhat radical in the 50s when it was written, the racial undertones are still baldly apparent. With the black Martians, the men (or main male character) are angry and aggressive, ready to lynch the white man that is coming, whereas the black women (or main woman at least) is more hesitant and wants to forget the past, though she bows to her husband's whims and goes along with it. The white man comes humbly in supplicat Though the purpose of this story was to show a way to live without racism, somewhat radical in the 50s when it was written, the racial undertones are still baldly apparent. With the black Martians, the men (or main male character) are angry and aggressive, ready to lynch the white man that is coming, whereas the black women (or main woman at least) is more hesitant and wants to forget the past, though she bows to her husband's whims and goes along with it. The white man comes humbly in supplication, which is out of the normal stereotype, but he is the peace offerer, he comes in apology. Despite the racial stereotyping, I still think it's an excellent, if dated, story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Picked this up a long time ago off a used book or free book table. If I'd known it was only 35 pages long I would have read it a long time ago. It was good. Picked this up a long time ago off a used book or free book table. If I'd known it was only 35 pages long I would have read it a long time ago. It was good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    A very short sci-fi type of story on racism. I'd consider it worth the time it takes to read (about 15 minutes). A very short sci-fi type of story on racism. I'd consider it worth the time it takes to read (about 15 minutes).

  7. 4 out of 5

    James Biser

    This is an amazing fantasy about the colony of Africans who moved to Mars. After years and nuclear war, white culture has finally built a rocket and sent a white astronaut to Mars. This story is the anticipation of the African Martian community awaiting the arrival. The astronaut admits that they have foolishly destroyed the Earth. They beg that the Martians will help them and allow them to live humbly among them as second-class citizens, even servants. Both peoples try to find community again. This is an amazing fantasy about the colony of Africans who moved to Mars. After years and nuclear war, white culture has finally built a rocket and sent a white astronaut to Mars. This story is the anticipation of the African Martian community awaiting the arrival. The astronaut admits that they have foolishly destroyed the Earth. They beg that the Martians will help them and allow them to live humbly among them as second-class citizens, even servants. Both peoples try to find community again. They decide that "what happens now is up to you and me."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Misbah Ahmad

    It's not narration but a lesson complete in itself for the people living on the peak of racism. It's not narration but a lesson complete in itself for the people living on the peak of racism.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alena Vishnevsky

    Better than Farenheit 451. Sorry not sorry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ayman Ibrahim

    Anger and hatred breed nothing but.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Elan Francis

    As an extension of "The Martian Chronicles," this short story describes black people colonized on Mars. They see something in the sky and learn that white people on Earth have made the planet unliveable; now, they also seek refuge on Mars. Bradbury presents us with the question: how would we respond when the shoe is on the other foot? I don't want to spoil anything because I recommend reading it. It's short and the illustrations are beautiful. I have always considered Octavia E. Butler as the Que As an extension of "The Martian Chronicles," this short story describes black people colonized on Mars. They see something in the sky and learn that white people on Earth have made the planet unliveable; now, they also seek refuge on Mars. Bradbury presents us with the question: how would we respond when the shoe is on the other foot? I don't want to spoil anything because I recommend reading it. It's short and the illustrations are beautiful. I have always considered Octavia E. Butler as the Queen of Afro-futurism. Although Ray Bradbury is not a man of color, he does sci-fi so well, and I think he reached her level of cultural awareness in this little book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mark Oppenlander

    Another Creative Classics short story. The series overview says that the editors hope to pull short stories from the obscurity of "dark, musty anthologies." As someone who reads anthologies already, it seems like a strange statement. But whatever. I can't remember if I have read this story in anthology before. It is now interesting mainly as an oddity of time and place. Written in the 60's it deals with African-Americans who have colonized Mars but who come face to face with a white refugee from Another Creative Classics short story. The series overview says that the editors hope to pull short stories from the obscurity of "dark, musty anthologies." As someone who reads anthologies already, it seems like a strange statement. But whatever. I can't remember if I have read this story in anthology before. It is now interesting mainly as an oddity of time and place. Written in the 60's it deals with African-Americans who have colonized Mars but who come face to face with a white refugee from Earth many years later.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michele Brenton

    I read this as part of an anthology rather than a stand alone book. It made me cry and every time I re-read it I cry again. I found it very real and the characters move me so much and yet it has its moments of humour and through it all is a fine understanding of human nature infused with optimism.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shakya Vlad

    "What if Mars has been colonized solely by Black people..?" Nice one.Enjoyed,really. "What if Mars has been colonized solely by Black people..?" Nice one.Enjoyed,really.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Natalia

    Es una historia que te hace reflexionar bastante

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    A bit dated and simplistic, because it's a concept-driven story, but definitely a worthwhile quick read. A bit dated and simplistic, because it's a concept-driven story, but definitely a worthwhile quick read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stacey B

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julia Alfonzo

  19. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wayne United

  21. 5 out of 5

    Roma Jones

  22. 4 out of 5

    Calvin G

  23. 5 out of 5

    Davide Valentini

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pattie Brassard

  25. 4 out of 5

    Q.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shotiko Javakhishvili

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deb

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Kucharski

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

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