The unnamed narrator in some ways resembles Bradbury himself. Like the narrator, Bradbury wrote motion picture screenplays in the early 1950s and even worked with director John Huston on Moby Dick (1956). The narrator, a talented writer, is naive, idealistic, and unwilling to let an idea go before he has worked out all of its possibilities. This last factor makes him a dogged investigator; when presented with the mystery of the undead Arbuthnot, he relentlessly tracks down clues. He feels a deep personal need to know the answers to nagging questions.
He is surrounded by a...
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