Apr 29

Barefoot Boy with ChiefClick for larger image

Oumuamua Comments: With guardians like these, who needs enemies?

Published 1972

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.33 out of 10)

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12 Responses to “The Guardians”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    When you decide you can’t outrun a quadruple-nostrilled horse in your carpet slippers.

  2. fred Says:

    If the guardians were guardianing his socks they did a piss poor job.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    That moment when the Sixties dream turned into a very bad trip.

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “Told you I could outrun that horse. He’s still wearing his shoes, but not me!”

  5. Bibliomancer Says:

    I highly recommend this book for horseracing fans.

  6. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “This fat camp sucks!”
    “You have five more pounds to lose before your parents come to pick you up – so keep running, or it’s the whip.”

  7. GSS ex-noob Says:

    So the horse is either some sort of mutant with a weird head (and other anatomy), or it’s a robot with the ability to fly.

    Then the question I have is, why make the robot in horse form? Why not make it in some sort of streamlined scary-looking vehicle with lots of armament? Judging by the sun and the sky, this isn’t Earth anyway.

    Why did the kid take his shoes off in the first place? Even sock-less, he’d be able to run better in the shoes.

    Did the artist run out of time or paint partway through?

  8. THX 1139 Says:

    @GSS xn: We read this at school, and it was one of John Christopher’s future Earth dystopia books, kind of like Nineteen Eighty-Four for kids. So the horse is a normal horse, the planet is our own, and the shoes… well, I’ll be darned if I know the significance of those.

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @THX: So I guess you’re one up on the artist, since he doesn’t seem to have read it at any age.

  10. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob, @THX 1139: maybe he was trying to sneak out of fat camp and had taken off his shoes to be quieter. And then the Anomalous Horse starts chasing him and he doesn’t have time to stop and put his shoes on.

    That certainly is a pretty darn stylized sunrise (or possibly sunset)

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    The sunrise/set looks like it should be an iron-on of a t-shirt at this era. And later emblazoned upon a minivan.

  12. A. R. Yngve Says:

    Typical! If you don’t TELL the kids to wear their shoes, they’ll run around barefoot no matter what the weather – or even if they’re being chased by terrifying mustant horses!

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