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Dandelion Wine (Green Town #1)

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Dandelion Wine is a 1957 semi-autobiographical novel by Ray Bradbury, taking place in the summer of 1928 in the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois — a pseudonym for Bradbury's childhood home of Waukegan, Illinois. The novel developed from the short story "Dandelion Wine" which appeared in the June 1953 issue of Gourmet magazine.

The title refers to a wine made with dand...more
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Published (first published September 1957)
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Peter
Jul 02, 2007 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: One and all.
The only reason I gave this book five stars was because I couldn't give it five thousand.

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
Russell
Recently while moving bookcases, books and furniture around, I came across my copy of Dandelion Wine .

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
Matt
Aug 26, 2007 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the young at heart
Sure, it's overly sentimental and largely ignores the social problems of the time depicted, but when you're 12 years old in small-town America, there are no social problems. There are only problems regarding the new pair of tennis shoes you want, the creepy guy who hangs out in the ravine, the desire to live forever, to be young forever, to build the perfect happiness machine. Besides, Bradbury's writing is so rich it practically drips, much like biting into a perfectly ripe peach in August.
Amber
Um....ok so I totally hated this book. I hope someone out there can tell me why this is a good book. It's unique, sure, but it's just a mess of words. In reading the introduction, I felt like I got a sense of why that is. The author said he forced himself to word-dump every single morning - just writing as creatively etc as he could. Well, I think he just put those "creative" word-dumps together and called it a story. It has no story line, no voice, no character development, no point. The author...more
Stewart
I enjoyed reading this book when I was in my early 20s, but only re-reading it in my 50s have I realized what a wonderful novel "Dandelion Wine" is, what an amazing evocation of summer in a small town. The summer evoked is 1928, but it could almost as easily be 1948 or 1968 as well. The book paints a picture of a time when one walked or took a trolley around town, talked with friends and family on a large front porch, had a soda or ice cream at a drugstore fountain, and listened to grandfathers...more
Robert
I first read this during my teenaged Bradbury binge and loved it. It spoke to me personally in a way that, say, The Martian Chronicles, did not. Doug Spaulding may as well have been me.

The second time I read it, in my twenties, all I really remembered was two out of three early episodes (the tennis shoes and the forest picnic) from right at the beginning of the book. Hence I was expecting a childhood nostalgia fest and got a bit of a shock. The book has a dark current running through it.

This tim...more
Doug Bradshaw
I can't help but give this five stars. I'm surprised I haven't read it. Bre, a friend here on Goodreads, absolutely loved it and outlined some of its qualities for me, beautiful poetic writing, old fashioned and still meaningful messages, highly nostalgic stories of the simple life in a small town in the 1920's, a young likable boy, probably based on Ray's actual life, the main character. But the story is really a series of short stories about different characters in the town and how they affect...more
Werner
Mar 07, 2014 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who has a sense of wonder towards life
Shelves: general-fiction
Bradbury is best remembered as a writer in the speculative genres, especially science fiction; but that wasn't all he wrote. This gem of American general fiction has no Martians or space ships, no vampires or ghosts; it's just the story of a typical summer in the life of a 12-year-old boy, growing up in a small town in Illinois in the 1920s. Bradbury (b. 1920) grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, north of Chicago, which serves as the model for Greentown, the setting of this novel and of some of his ot...more
Lisa
If you get caught up in Ray Bradbury's usual eerie subject matter, it's easy to forget that he's a master prose stylist and one of the greatest writers of our time. For my money, Dandelion Wine is by far his most beautiful work. It's hard to peg: I guess you could call it a coming-of-age story, but that's much too simplistic for this timeless, complex, and layered book - it transcends the genre. The series of kaleidoscopic, ever-shifting vignettes of one summer in a small Midwestern town - told...more
Weinz
Sep 21, 2007 Weinz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Illustrates life in a way that leaves you rethinking your relationships to your past. This book has an air of nostalgia that carries throughout the book. It takes you back to a place where summers meant running through the grass barefoot and where five somersaults, six push-ups and climbing a tree made everything all better. I loved the relationships between the neighbors. Beautiful, poetic and magical.
Pachikrak
Уау... Уникален стил на писане и изразяване. И думите, които ме уцелиха десетката:
"...— Ще ми обещаеш, че няма да живееш прекалено дълго, Уилям. Ако успееш да го уредиш, гледай да умреш, преди да си станал на петдесет. Може би няма да е лесно. Но те съветвам да го сториш, просто защото човек не знае кога може да се роди новата Хелин Лумис. Представяш ли си колко ще е ужасно, ако ти доживееш до много, много дълбока старост и някоя утрин на 1999, както си вървиш по главната улица, изведнъж ме съзи...more
Jared Millet
I think what every author probably hopes for most is that people will keep reading them after they're gone. In all the tributes to Ray Bradbury, people keep name-checking Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, but the one I'm going back to (and a great read for summer) is Dandelion Wine.

"It was a day as perfect as the flame of a candle."

The year is 1928, the place is Green Town, Illinois, and the eyes are those of Douglas Spaulding, age 12. Every day of June, July, and August gets pressed an...more
ba
As a kid, I read science fiction voraciously, and I always tried to like Bradbury. I never could. His books didn't read like sci-fi to me. This particular book has everything I don't like about Bradbury's "style" such as predictability, an almost Norman Rockwellesque dose of sacherine-sweet Americana and such a high level of repetition that one wonders whether he hates his readers, or merely considers them to be morons. All this, and no robots or far away planets yields his penultimate pile of d...more
Jonathan Janz
This is my favorite novel. I haven't written a review for it yet because I feel too much pressure to capture in words how I feel about this magical book. So for now let's just say I'll expand this short review at a later date. If I don't say that now, I might never write the review.

So why is this my favorite book?

Here are just a few reasons:

1. It captures the complex and wonderful relationship a child can have with his grandparents. My own grandma and grandpa helped raise me and are still two...more
Rich Rosell

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
Rumi
I think Ray Bradbury is more of a magician than a writer. And this fact becomes clear pretty early on in "Dandelion Wine". I remember reading the first 10 pages or so and thinking I would love that book. Knowing that, I packed it in my luggage and headed off to Varna, my very favourite seaside destination.

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
Doug
Amazing storytelling. What a gift for weaving such vivid images and emotions from mere words! The description of the pantry and of the Grandmother's cooking is an explosion of sensations. Also memorable is the Grandfather's feelings about the lawnmower. And the Grandmother's death is another stand-out part of this story. Who cares if the story is interesting (to me it was ok but not great), the writing is what makes this book a great read.
Judy
Jan 16, 2013 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Judy by: Jeanette
A pleasant story of a young boy growing up in the Midwest and the traumatic events of one summer that starts so well.

This book is one of the best pieces of writing I ever experienced. Great verbal and visual images with the dandelion wine encapsulating the flavor of each successive year.

I listened to the performance by a Boston radio theatre and it was excellent. I may also opt for the pleasure of reading a physical book in the future.



John
Mar 03, 2014 John rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Writers, Dreamers, Intellectuals
Shelves: favorites
In creative writing classes the instructor will often remind the novice that it is difficult to write about something that is close to an author. The subject becomes too personal, too emotional; the author cannot distance him/herself from the material enough to effectively depict the idea. So too does the reviewer of a book feel—when the book means a great deal to the person, it can be hard to feel that he or she is doing it justice rather than just throwing a list of positive-aspect adjectives...more
Vivian
Douglas, on the cusp of 'childhood's end', discovers he is ALIVE as the summer of 1928 begins in his sleepy mid-western town. He decides to chronicle all his summer discoveries and note all the rituals -- the things that happen every year. Douglas, who has just learned to notice everything about living will also learn more about dying. By turns he embraces joy and is immobilized by grief. His tale is infused with hyperbole, as is the way with youth.

Many years ago an acquaintance mentioned that...more
Michael
the timeless and eternal Ray Bradbury, with over half a million ratings on Goodreads for Fahrenheit 451 alone, is America's bard, troubadour of the eternally green-treed Midwest, architect of midnight carnivals and fog-bound Venice, scribe of Los Angeles Hollywood and spokesperson for the written word. an innocent and a chronicler of innocence; a 27-book novelist and short story master; THE Ray Bradbury; the ambassador between 50s gee-whiz amazing stories and golden science fiction and the post-...more
Jeanette
This was the first Ray Bradbury book I ever read. I was about 14 or 15 the first time I read it, and it remains my favorite. It's not sci-fi like his other books. It's very magical and sweet and quaint. And also autobiographical.
I have lost track of how many times I have read this book. It's not high literature, but I have to classify it as my favorite book because I never tire of it. Every time I read it, a different part resonates most for me, depending on what is happening in my life at the...more
Nilo
El principal encanto de este libro fue que llegó a mis manos de una manera especial por parte de alguien importante. Así que con eso, más la dulzura de los acontecimientos de aquel verano de 1974 quedé fascinado.
Aunque al final, con todo y lo que me atrapó. Tal y como algún sabor de helado que pruebas una y otra vez, me empalagó.
Shane
A magical tale about the summer of 1928 in the life of twelve year old,Douglas Spaulding, who I suspect was Bradbury growing up. The year is ironic - on the eve of the Great Depression, followed by WWII, after which everything changed forever.

The novel reads like a memoir, with each chapter dedicated to the stories of various inhabitants of Green Town, Illinois. We open with the abundance of life gushing through the air and the vegetation and the habits of the town with the advent of summer, whi...more
Barbara
May 11, 2011 Barbara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Barbara by: Marilyn
Shelves: favorites
This has to be one of the most delightful books I've ever read, and I've read it too many times to count. I love the delicious sensory feast—the smell of the fresh mown grass, the feel of brand-new sneakers, the sound of Grandma's wonderful cooking in progress, as well as the tantalizing odors, and the list goes on and on—as well as those amazing childhood memories, fleeting as they are, caught for just a moment to savor once again. The irony of the young man and the very old woman finding love...more
Judy

Every time I start a book by Ray Bradbury, I groan and fume, then get bored and irritable. His sentences are so bad. I want to get out my red pen and act like a high school teacher. The characters are drawn in such an odd way that as a reader I get self conscious. I don't care about these everyday people, but then they start voicing those slightly skewed Bradbury thoughts and I recognize those ideas as ones I've had myself.

Eventually I arrive in the world he has created, whether it is Mars or...more
CV Rick
Sometimes you just need to get smacked on the head. What I mean is there is a reason that writers get a reputation and sometimes you look at those old writers and you think there are probably better works out there, or perhaps you think that dude's stuff is dated. Well here I am having read another Ray Bradbury novel and I'm thinking to myself, “Self, you should've read this one a long time ago.”

Dandelion Wine is an amazing story. But what's amazing is hidden inside what's mundane. Douglas Spaul...more
Kristi
My mother recommended this to me the other day by saying that she couldn't figure out how she got to this point in life and had never read this book, and that once she started it she could not put it down.

Well, this apple did not fall far from that particular tree . . .

I can understand the "industry logic" in shelving this in Science Fiction, but trust me -- it is not that as we think of it today, and it is not typical Ray Bradbury, for that matter. I've always thought him incredibly thoughtful,...more
Sheila
Sincerely one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. And disturbing too.

The book becomes more than its storyline; capturing a cultural feeling of nostalgia for Norman Rockwell America that many of us have never known ourselves, with the sense of creeping blackness around the edges -magic (both white and black, the Known and the Unknown, the past/present and the inescapable future) inhabits Green Town, and no one senses this more than the children who witness and record its events in the...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Read several times as a child. I don't think I'd like it so much now, though. I'll re-read Martian Chronicles and then see how many of Bradbury's classics I want to re-visit.

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
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