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Dandelion Wine (edition 1985)

by Ray Bradbury

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Title:Dandelion Wine
Authors:Ray Bradbury
Info:Bantam (1985), Mass Market Paperback
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fantasy

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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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  MisaBookworm | Feb 2, 2016 |
This is a book to be savored and enjoyed bit by bit. A delightfully written series of short stories with a thread that runs between many chapters. The prose is excellent and keeps your attention. A worthy read! ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
This is one of my favourite Bradbury books, though it's quite different from his classic science-fiction. I think it does a good job conveying the way everything seems magical when you're a kid. My only criticism is that it does veer into overly-sentimental territory in spots. ( )
  selfcallednowhere | Jan 22, 2016 |
This is either a loosely connected novel or a tightly woven set of short stories that all take place during the summer of 1928 in Green Town, Illinois, a fictional town based on Bradbury's hometown of Waukegan. Brothers Doug and Tom Spaulding are in most of the chapters/stories, and we see the world through their young eyes as they enjoy the summer, discover that they're really alive, and also discover that they will age and die someday. This novel is a wonderfully nostalgic look back at a simpler time. I loved every minute of it. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Ray Bradbury is perhaps best known for his fantasy, horror, science fiction novels; although the author, himself has stated that he does not write science fiction and that only one of his works--Fahrenheit 451--was science fiction while other works like the Martian Chronicles are fantasy.

Bradbury rarely steps out of those genres, but he did with a wonderful little novel that was one of his first in 1957. Dandelion Wine is a semi-autobiographical novel of Bradbury's childhood. The novel was originally produced as a set of short stories, but Bradbury brought the stories together and fleshed out some of the details to create the novel.

Dandelion Wine pulls readers into a 12-year old boys summer and reminds us how, for children, everything is magical. Through the eyes of Douglas Spaulding we, as readers, get to experience the magic and wonder of the essence of a well-lived summer when Douglas discovers he is indeed "alive".

This is easily one of my favorite Bradbury works because Dandelion Wine captures and exemplifies Bradbury's masterful control over and use of prose. There is something fantastic and magical about the words that dance across the page and infuse the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois as Bradbury brings the town and its inhabitants to life. I think this particular text showcases just what a great writer Bradbury is. ( )
  slpwhitehead | Jan 16, 2016 |
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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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