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DANDELION WINE (edition 1964)

by RAY BRADBURY

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Title:DANDELION WINE
Authors:RAY BRADBURY
Info:Bantam Pathfinder (1964), Unknown Binding
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Science Fiction, childhood, coming of age, short stories, fantasy, summer

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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

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    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer / The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (infiniteletters)
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    Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury (section241)
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    My Ántonia by Willa Cather (allenmichie)
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    The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (Jannes)
    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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This coming of age story is set in the summer of 1928. It's a fascinating look at the carefree summers of yesteryear and the memories made of small things--things as simple as "dandelion wine." Bradbury has a way with words, and he does an excellent job evoking the time and place. A series of vignettes give the novel its form. ( )
  thornton37814 | Jan 17, 2017 |
An enchanting coming of age story. While "magical realism" became THE term for describing South American writers many years after this book came out, it is the best description for what Bradbury does here. Everyday people with everyday problems in a small sleepy town, live in a world of fascinating psychic and moral possibility. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
This is without doubt the most beautiful book about life, childhood, and coming of age that I've ever read. It is also the most eerie! The words flow like a poem throughout, and the age-old questions of life (aging, death, loneliness, time, etc) are examined through the eyes of a twelve year old boy and the people of his family and neighborhood. By turns heartrendingly sad, sweetly joyful, and darkly creepy, Dandelion Wine is a must read (just don't read it right before you go to bed!). ( )
  aurelas | Dec 23, 2016 |
Only reading a chapter a night so not done yet. But although there is no sci-fi here you can spot its DNA in the prose and the handling. Bradbury makes the little things into fresh epiphanies and like all good literature sends you scuttling back into your own life. ( )
  adrianburke | Nov 16, 2016 |
Generally I enjoy Ray Bradbury - however this kinda felt flat for me. I'm not the greatest fan of realistic fiction, nor am I a real fan of books that have no discernible story. ( )
  benuathanasia | Oct 27, 2016 |
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Goodfellow;, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed.
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"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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