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...more
I can't express how beautiful this book is. I've never cried so hard (no, not even when Mrs. Johnson read us "Where the Red Fern Grows" in the third grade), nor have I felt so much love from a bunch of grouped together, sixty-year-old, courier-fonted words. I've never been more scared than I was by the possibility of the Lonely One being just around the corner, hiding in the shadows. I've never thought so mu...more
I had read it once, years ago, during my own personal Golden Age of Science Fiction, ages 8 to 16. Now was a good time as any to revisit this novel. Bradbury had been marked, incorrectly, in my mind as a sci-fi writer on the same level as Heinlein or Asimov.
He's not a hard core, I, Robot type of sci-fi writer, really. More like a fantasy writer who touched on sci-fi themes.
And, he's in his own...more
ETA - I did reread The Martian Chronicles and did not much like it. It had some interesting ideas and some lovely language, but it was sexist and had bad astronomy and very questionable sociology. So... since this doesn't stand as a SF book, but as literature, it's probably something I'd still rate highly. However... I still...more
When I read of Bradbury's death in June my first thought was that I have to read Dandelion Wine again. This has always been my favorite book of his, and revisiting it again has reminded me why I hold this in such high regard. Bradbury captures the endless scope of summer and all of its mysteries as seen through the eyes (mostly) of a 12-year-old boy in fictional Green Town, IL.
There's a lot going on here - life, death, childhood, murder, aging, magic, adulthood, memories - and Bradbury fills ea...more
Bradbury consigue trasladarnos a ese tiempo sobre la infancia, el verano, el tiempo que se va y los descubrimientos que llegan antes de la adolescencia, antes del amor, antes de todo. Pocos autores han mirado la niñez con el cariño que lo hace Bradbury
En tres meses de 1928, Douglas obse...more
Here are some of those "bits" I love.
"It was a quiet morning, the town covered over with darkness and at ease in bed. Summer gathered...more
Cîteva capitole excelente și cîteva oarecum plictisitoare, toate însă împletite cu viziunea, trăirile și percepțiile personajului principal (un băiat de 12 ani). Lumea și oamenii sînt descoperiți treptat de către acesta, le vede tragediile și bucuriile, începe să înțeleagă angoasa, trece prin schimbări majore odată cu noi conjuncturi.
Poți ajunge să crezi că e o carte scrisă prost, cu grad mare de redundanță, dar mi-am dat seama că e...more
Three weeks on an Informatics/IT Summer School there were the highlight of my last three summers. "Dandelion Wine" was simply the perfect book to take with me on a small trip to remind myself...more
The medium made it a little hard to follow, at times, as some voices were quieter than others, and sometimes characters spoke over one another. There's more exposition through dialogue (or monologues) than one would find in a written work.
But, once I adjusted to the medium, I found it to be an enjoyable...more
Dandelion Wine is a collection of fascinating and uplifting short stories with timeless appeal to both adults and children. Each chapter stands alone brilliantly while simultaneously weaving together the intimate secrets of the Midwestern town with great care. Twelve year old Douglas Spaulding and his...more
I've now read this book a second time and it reveals even more layers as I age. It's a book that was written by a young Bradbury who was wise beyond his years. So many wonderful storie...more
Con el amplio uso de metáforas se nos presenta un fragmento de la autobiografía de R. B., embelleciendo los momentos más felices de su infancia, es decir, la alegría del verano y la llegada del otoño, de la entrada a la adolescencia.
Es una historia que debe leerse en el invierno.
There are many memorable characters, but the one that strikes me the most is Mrs. Bentley from Chapters 15-16 (Season of Disbelief) - I always want to cry or scream after reading those chapters.
Dandelion Wine is one of the few books I grab to read over and over again. It's funny, tender, scary, magical, - everyth...more
Besides having "Fern Hill" come to...more
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 jumpe...more