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Dandelion Wine (Earthlight) (edition 1957)

by Ray Bradbury

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Title:Dandelion Wine (Earthlight)
Authors:Ray Bradbury
Info:Pocket Books (2000), Paperback, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Novel, American literature, r 2012, 1950s

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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

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Escape to the summer of 1928, Green Town, Illinois through the experiences of youth in those magical moments where reality and something more rushes in transforming each moment into where what is real and what isn't converge. Dandelion Wine is the metaphor for packing all the joys of summer into one bottle. Ray Bradbury goes Lake Wobegon. wonderful! read and remember your own magical childhood moments of simple routine mixed with joy and spontaneity. ( )
  revslick | Jul 12, 2014 |
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At first it was just random episodes and eventually I started to see the connections but I never warmed up to it. I wanted it to be something different than it was. Bound for Bookcrossing.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
It's Bradbury. ( )
  konrad.katie | Apr 24, 2014 |
I was afraid at first that I had outgrown the Bradbury magic that let me enjoy his stories so much in my teens and early 20's. This starts off a little too far over the top, but I rather quickly got sucked in to that summer of 1928 in small town Illinois and the way it was for a 12 year old boy discovering the world, life and death. It was the small things in here that I really liked.

There truly is magic in the writing in this book. Let yourself fall into it. ( )
  RBeffa | Mar 20, 2014 |
Magnificent! Picked this up as a Kindle Daily Deal. It's always been one of my read-every-year favorites. Bradbury is just amazing. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
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Goodfellow;, PeterIllustratorsecondary 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.
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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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