Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.

Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future.

Come and savor Ray Bradbury's priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780380977260
0380977265
Branch Call Number: BRADBURY R
Characteristics: xiv, 267 p. ; 19 cm

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The story of a small town during the summer of 1928, Bradbury's whimsical tale is more magical-realism than the science fiction you may have read by this classic author.


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BridgettM
Sep 05, 2017

Once I was able to stay awake long enough to read it, I liked this novel a lot. I first read it more than 20 years ago, and enjoyed it more the second time. It has a lot of light, beauty and wisdom to it, as well as some of the dark, strangeness and magic you might expect from Ray Bradbury. Similar to the dandelion wine described in the book, the novel bottles the summer of 1928 as it occurred in one Illinois city. You might also want to try reading it if you have insomnia; Dandelion Wine has the ability to put me to sleep after just one or two pages of nighttime reading.

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xiaojunbpl12
Aug 24, 2017

I'm in drunken bliss -not by Doug's sensibility though -too high to beat smart ass Tom.

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KarenW
Jan 16, 2017

What an amazingly beautiful book! This has been on my to read list for years and I don't know why I waited this long. Every chapter is a little gem, full of beautiful descriptions of a time past that awakens the senses. Much like a time machine, you soon find yourself transported not just to 1928 but into a boy's life where discovery of simple joys is just a part of what lies ahead. I think this novel is like a bookend to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird as they both perfectly capture a child's introduction to real life by expertly drawing the curtain back to reveal the real world. Neither flinches from the reality of growing up and finding yourself.

CATLIN Mar 28, 2016

I wasnt born THAT long ago (1928), but it does bring back my summer memories from the 1960's! Summer is a magical time when you're a kid. This story just brings back all the wonderfulness of youth! A must read for teens and adults.

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SouthwestReader
Sep 02, 2014

I read this book almost every summer and enjoy the depiction of a midwestern summer which I haven't actually experienced. It seems timeless.

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meb42
Jun 20, 2012

I really liked this book. Just the right mix of nostalgia, small town romance, beginnings, endings, murders, lists, nature, and change. The only constant was the dandelion wine.

soblessed59 May 27, 2012

I don't know if all people think the decades of their childhood and teens were the best ever,but I know I loved mine,and my son born in 1970 thinks his was the best,and this story set in a wonderful summer of 1928 sounds just like mine,even though I am a female baby-boomer!

I too remember the magic of a new pair of sneakers and how they felt like they were made of "marshmallows and coiled springs" and it felt like we could run faster and jumper higher than ever before,until they "died" and the magic was gone by the end of summer.

[I wonder did children of the late 70's and 80's possibly experience that with those 12 lb. clodhopper designer basketball shoes that came out then Nike,ect.]?

How I remember the wonderful summer nights spent on front porches,and the summer break from school almost seemed it would never end.

I can't believe as many years ago that I read 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' and loved it,that I never had read Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine,but as I am 61 now,I believe my enjoyment of it is much greater than it would have been then.

He is an amazing writer that brings a book alive for the reader.Like you smell the odors,feel the breezes,rain,sun,ect. The only reason that I give this 4 stars instead of five,is because I agree with those many who feel that only those advanced readers with good reading comprehension would stick with this book,and discover what a jewel it is,due to the style of descriptive writing. It truly is a "love letter to his childhood"!

I am so very thankful that I experienced reading Dandelion Wine. :D

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tomadou1
Jul 20, 2015

Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don't they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.

nlobzhanidze Dec 28, 2012

"The first thing you learn in life is you're a fool. The last thing you learn in life is you're the same fool."

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Jun 20, 2012

meb42 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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