Farewell Summer (Green Town #3)
In a summer that refuses to end, in the deceiving warmth of earliest October, civil war has come to Green Town, Illinois. It is the age-old conflict: the young against the elderly, for control of the clock that ticks their lives ever forward. The first cap-pistol shot heard 'round the town is dead accurate, felling an old man in his tracks, compelling town elder and schoo...more
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This is a mock dreamlike fantasy tale of kids versus very old men in a small American town. The boys don't want to age and therefore lose their youth and the old men want to keep experiencing emotions through the faculties of the young.
Poignant with poetic descriptions yet some might argue not a lot is happening and the final resolution ends at a low.
Robert Fass does a good job with ...more
What we have here isn't so much a sequel as a sip. Not a ton of plot, not too many characters. Maybe it's not Dandelion Wine, but it's also not as long. It's Ray Bradbury, and his writing is, to put it simply, perfect.
Douglas Spaulding, the wide-eyed hero of Dandelion Wine, is back. And he's still wondering. Why can't summer last forever? Why can't he cling to it forever ...more
Farewell Summer is the sequel to Dandelion Wine, published 50 years after the first work. In an afterward, Bradbury stated that the bulk of what would become Farewell Summer was created at the same time as the classic Dandelion Wine but the publishers thought the original work too long and convinced the ...more
But damn it, I loved it. Farewell Summer is different than Dandelion Wine to be sure, but in a good way. I'm almost reluctant to label it a sequel because it seems less like a continuation and more like an afterthought, a companion, featuring the same charact ...more
At first, I wasn't so interested in the book's subject matter, largely a mock war between the young (Doug, Tom, and his cohorts) and the old of the town (Calvin C. Quartermain). Cute, but not my reading forte. But as I continued, I warmed up to the book. I realized that Bradbury is interested in ideas about aging, mortality, coming of age (Doug) and ...more
In add ...more
The book has a brittle feel to it - everything is sparse, concise, dry, nothing of the lush, juicy fullness of "Dandelion Wine" - and after a whil ...more
When I saw that Ray Bradbury had a new novel out, I could barely wait to get it from the library. Here it was at last, the sequel to One of my all time favorite novels, Dandelion Wine. And for me, it came at a time when I was thinking about Bradbury anyway. Ten years ago this June my college roommate and I flew off to the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She h ...more
However, the real work of this book is done with its theme. I've seen some reviews of this book that were disappointed it wasn't more in the style of Dandelion Wine. I think it is a mistake to think of Farewell Summer as a direct sequel to Dandelion Wine. ...more
The whole concept behind it is interesting, if not a bit overdone--youth vs. age, and whatnot.
I think a problem most authors have when writing about kids between the ages of 10-18 is that they either overestimate or underestimate them. Take Rick Riordan, for example. I LOVE the Percy Jackson series, really, but can you honestly imagine an eleven-year-old being able to slice open a Fury like that? Percy's always been a bit mature for his age.
Bradbury has the opposite problem. Doug an ...more
Теперь попробуйте представить себе этот эпизод в контексте непорочного "Вина из одуванчиков" и вы поймёте, почему одно произведение распилили на два.
Да просто книжка эта - своеобразный мостик, перекинутый от де ...more
Apparently SUMMER was originally written as the second half of WINE, but Bradbury's editors thought the book too long. After many years, he revised it and published it several years before his deat ...more