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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine

by Ray Bradbury

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    Jannes: Interconnected stories abour childhood and endless summers. Bradbury is more fantastical, while Jansson leans more to the realistic and understated, but both books runs over with wonderful and lyrical prose, and both captures a sense of childhood and summer in a way that is very rare.… (more)
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Ray Bradbury's writing style and command of the English language is incredible.

Dandelion Wine feels like a response to Anne of Green Gables, where we follow children as they live their fullest lives and learn what it is to live, breathe, and explode into the universe in a shower of colorful sparks. I loved the lazy summer feel to the whole book, as though it should be served up with lemonade and blueberry cake.

In Dandelion Wine, Bradbury explores the themes of life, death, and what it means to be alive. Through a series of segments shared over the course of a summer by the citizens of Green Town and conducted but brothers Douglas and Tom Spaulding, the little Illinois town comes to life. It makes you think, and it makes you want to remember the things that made you feel like you were on the top of the world. Dandelion Wine makes summer feel eternal.

I absolutely adored this book. I was a little hesitant going in, as Something Wicked This Way Comes leaves big shoes to fill, but I needn't have worried. This is just as gripping and magical an adventure as its sequel. ( )
  Morteana | Aug 3, 2018 |
Bradbury brings childhood and its immortality of summer to vivid memory. Regardless of when you were young, this book will fill you with bittersweet nostalgia for when every day was an eternity, before aging brought the rapid spinning of all alike and transitory days. ( )
  dasam | Jun 21, 2018 |
A beautiful coming of age story in the 1928 summer of Ray Bradbury's life. Bradbury's lyrical prose will stick with you, it'll seep into your mind like any fine dandelion wine. To try to assign this book to any genre, or indeed, anything other than sheer poetry would be wrong. The book is beautiful, a capsule of a time long lost. Idyllic and idealistic Bradbury captures the spirit of being 12 in a time when losing a baseball card would ruin your summer - when a new pair of tennis shoes is the most pressing problem on one's mind.

This book is precious. Treasure it. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Summer begins for Douglas and his younger brother Tom, as always, with the gathering of dandelions for his grandfather's press. As summer progresses, the ketchup bottles full of golden wine line the basement shelves, and the boys do what boys do when allowed to run blissfully free all summer...they explore, they imagine, they learn things, some of which they'd rather not know, some of which will color their lives forever. Along with a growing sense of his own "aliveness", inevitably Douglas comes to face his own mortality as well, and in the hideous heat of late August, with the help of a caring friend, shakes it off. "June dawns, July noons, August evenings over, finished, done, and gone forever with only the sense of it all left here in his head...And if he should forget, the dandelion wine stood in the cellar, numbered huge for each and every day. He would go there often, stare straight into the sun until he could stare no more, then close his eyes and consider the burned spots, the fleeting scars left dancing on his warm eyelids; arranging, rearranging each fire and reflection until the pattern was clear..."

In the beginning, I struggled a bit with Bradbury's poetic style, which seemed wrong for the subject matter. I felt I was wading through hip-deep rose petals to find the dandelions. But either he eased up or I grew accustomed, because I soon found myself totally absorbed in the summer of 1928 in Green Town, Illinois. Many of the chapters of this novel could easily stand alone as short stories, and I think I will need to find a keeper copy of the book so that I can revisit some of them from time to time.
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1 vote laytonwoman3rd | Mar 10, 2018 |
A nostalgic and tender look back at one boy's summer in 1928. ( )
  dele2451 | Feb 26, 2018 |
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Ray Bradburyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Canty, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goodfellow;, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
O'Brien, TimCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed.
"Gardening is the handiest excuse for being a philosopher. Nobody guesses, nobody accuses, nobody knows, but there you are, Plato in the peonies....Dig in the earth, delve in the soul. Spring those mower blades and walk in the spray of the Fountain of Youth."
"Dawn, then, was a time where things changed element for element. Air ran like hot spring water howhere, with no sound. The lake was a quantity of steam very still and deep over valleys of fish and sand held baking under its serene vaports. Tar was poured licorise in the streets...."
Douglas's mouth was slightly open and from his lips and from the thin vents of his nostrils, gently there rose a scent of cool night and cool water and cool white snow and cool green moss, and cool moonlight on silver pebbles lying at the bottom of a quiet river and cool clear water at the bottom of a small white stone well.
.It was like holding their heads down for a brief moment to the purse of an apple-scented fountain flowing cool up into the air and washing their faces....They could not move for a long time."
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The summer of '28 was a vintage season for growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakes.
Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner.

It was a summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding - remembered forever by the incomprabel
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553277537, Mass Market Paperback)

World-renowned fantasist Ray Bradbury has on several occasions stepped outside the arenas of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. An unabashed romantic, his first novel in 1957 was basically a love letter to his childhood. (For those who want to undertake an even more evocative look at the dark side of youth, five years later the author would write the chilling classic Something Wicked This Way Comes.)

Dandelion Wine takes us into the summer of 1928, and to all the wondrous and magical events in the life of a 12-year-old Midwestern boy named Douglas Spaulding. This tender, openly affectionate story of a young man's voyage of discovery is certainly more mainstream than exotic. No walking dead or spaceships to Mars here. Yet those who wish to experience the unique magic of early Bradbury as a prose stylist should find Dandelion Wine most refreshing. --Stanley Wiater

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In a small town in 1928, a twelve-year-old boy savors the magic of childhood and the wonders of summer.

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