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Farewell Summer (Green Town #3)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,893 Ratings  ·  291 Reviews

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

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Published November 28th 2006 by Sound Library (first published 2006)
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John Donovan There are a handful of references to Dandelion Wine in Farewell Summer, but nothing that would make the sequel confusing. DW is a much richer book, so…moreThere are a handful of references to Dandelion Wine in Farewell Summer, but nothing that would make the sequel confusing. DW is a much richer book, so heck, I see nothing wrong with reading FS first--as long as you eventually read Dandelion Wine too!(less)
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Oct 12, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Bradbury is to American literature as Credence Clearwater Revival is to classic rock, a producer of compact, meaningful, entertaining genre ambiguous work that speaks with a masterful voice.

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
Oct 14, 2013 Robert added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Dandelion Wine
Shelves: general-fiction
This is a sequel to Dandelion Wine. In an afterword, Bradbury says that originally Dandelion Wine was longer but the material that went beyond the end of the book as printed was cut in response to his editor. He carried on working on the novel...for fifty years! Is it worth the wait? Oh yes...yes it most definitely is. Tree-men-dous. (Not bush-woman-doesn't.)


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Cynthia Egbert
Nov 01, 2009 Cynthia Egbert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Real emotion! I cannot remember the last time that an author caused me to close a book and take a moment to sob like what happened with this book today. Perhaps I read too much and have become jaded, but thankfully Mr. Bradbury broke through for me! I have waited for this book for most of my life as it is a sequel to "Dandelion Wine" which is one of my favorites. This book is powerful in its beauty and emotion and the thought it provoked in me. Parents, there are some adult themes here, ple ...more
Aug 31, 2010 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dandelion Wine. What a book to get drunk on. What a book to fill your brain, unrelentingly, with beauty on every single page.

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
This is one of the many books on my list to read that I know I will never reach so I'm supplementing some on audio.

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
Dec 21, 2008 X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The secret of life explained (or perhaps not really explained) by Ray Bradbury. It's an odd book, even for Bradbury, but gorgeously written, of course, so I'll not complain. It's a coming of age story for Doug from Dandelion Wine, and while it is the sequel to that book, I think it would be easy enough to follow without having read it first. It's definitely more connected than Dandelion Wine, and still mostly keeps the same feel, though instead of the endless summer of the first book, this is mo ...more
Is it as good as Dandelion Wine? be honest, no. But still, it's a fine read for any Bradbury fan and someone looking to catch a bit more of Green Town, IL. Where Dandelion Wine captured the joys of innocent childhood and a town full of unique and charming characters (bottled like a nice wine), Farewell Summer is more about a boy's passage (like a change in seasons) from childhood into adolescence. Douglas learns about old people. He learns about how his actions can effect other people. ...more
Mar 06, 2011 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite books. Ever. So I was pretty reluctant to read this, its sequel. Why? Um, because Dandelion Wine is a great stand-alone novel. And because fifty years is a really long time to wait to publish a follow-up.

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
Nov 17, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This work is a sequel to Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, but it can stand very much on its own as I enjoyed this novel without reading that earlier work.

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
Paul Valente
Sep 22, 2015 Paul Valente rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, sentimental addenda to the classic Dandelion Wine. Full of the poetic writing that makes DW such a great book, this is a slight but fitting end to the Green Town trilogy.
Feb 25, 2016 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo primero que se debe decir es que la prosa de Bradbury, luminosa y magistral, está presente en este libro, tanto como en Dandelion Wine, al igual que sus temas de interés tan característicos: el amor a la vida, el asombro, el misterio de la muerte, las cosas —dulces y amargas— que nos van trayendo la edad, el paso del tiempo y las estaciones.
Pero la historia y los protagonistas se alejan mucho de su predecesora, hasta el punto de que más que secuela podría considerarse un nuevo comienzo. Dande
Jan 20, 2009 Sari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No matter how much you loved Dandelion Wine, or how much you love Bradbury, don't read this. Really.
Apr 14, 2012 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, own, ya-lit, 2012
I'm still on the fence about this book. While I liked it overall, I didn't feel that it was truly a worthy follow up to Dandelion Wine. The appeal of Dandelion Wine was the innocence conveyed in the book, the very strange feeling of being a child in an uncertain world and the terror that one can only feel during that time. Farewell Summer was harsher, more jarring, and I could have used a bit more of a transition between the two... I'm glad the editor cut it out of the original manuscript.

In add
As a sequel to "Dandelion Wine" this was a bit of a disappointment. For a sequel, I suppose, you expect 'more of the same', and this was nothing like "Dandelion Wine" by a long shot. So, it took me a while to get over this and take the book for what it is. It wasn't much help that Bradbury's language seems to have become even more cryptic, if possible.

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
Sherry (sethurner)
"There are those days which seem a taking in of breath which, held, suspends the whole earth in its waiting. Some summers refuse to end."

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
Dec 28, 2012 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
If you were to read this book on the face of it, only on the narrative and the language, you would have a beautifully written book where not much happens. There is a rivalry between Doug and Mr. Quartermain that is on the surface very childish.

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.
Eli Brooke
I was pretty excited to hear that Ray Bradbury had written a sequel to Dandelion Wine, which is one of the few novels I still re-read every summer, just for the mood. I also love Something Wicked This Way Comes, which is, of course, an October read. I read everything I could get of Bradbury's starting in junior high, and these two books have held up best over time... he's written a LOT and he tends to return to the same themes repeatedly, which is sometimes good but often backfires, because ther ...more
Dec 23, 2013 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Just once, though,” said Tom, “I’d like one thing. An ice cream cone so big you could just keep eatin’ and there isn’t any end and you just go on bein’ happy with it forever. Wow!”
“There’s no such ice cream cone.”
“Just one thing like that is all I ask,” said Tom. “One vacation that never has a last day. Or one matinee with Buck Jones, boy, just ridin’ along forever, bangin’, and Indians fallin’ like pop bottles. Gimme just one thing with no tail-end and I’d go crazy. Sometimes I just sit in th
Ian Ryan
Farewell Summer reads more like an addendum than a complete novel. Bradbury's poetic prose remains intact, and the mood of the writing succeeds as a love letter to the nostalgia of childhood. Where it fails is in the story. Obstacles are encountered and overcome effortlessly, characters exist only to serve a mythical purpose, and Bradbury takes every opportunity to hammer at his ponderous themes. Though beautifully written at times, the lack of any conflict makes this story of growth disingenuou ...more
Sep 03, 2011 Sylvester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ahhh. Ray Bradbury. Mister Ray Bradbury. Can anyone spin a dream like him? Green and golden, wistful yet bubbling with life... And here he pits age against youth, or the fear of losing and the fear of being left behind. Love love love the themes (as usual), love the lyrical writing. (Loved the Afterward in which Mister Bradbury tells how the original title of Dandelion Wine was Summer Morning, Summer Night - also lovely.)Not being much of a fan of sci-fi, I wonder if Mr. B writes as beautifully ...more
R A Lynch
Jun 18, 2016 R A Lynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Initially, I found the prose over descriptive and a hindrance to my reading. However as I read on I found I was becoming more and more engaged by the style and was drawn in by the language as much as the action and dialogue. I had read Dandelion Wine and was disappointed by it feeling all the way through how I did at the start of this book. Reading the afterword Bradbury tells us that this story followed on from Dandelion Wine but on advice he only published the first part and completed writing ...more
Katrin Kirilova
Apr 19, 2016 Katrin Kirilova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: Романи
Тук съм напълно пристрастна. От една страна : това е Рей Бредбъри, а той е авторът, в чийто стил на писане се влюбох още с първата негова книга, която прочетох. От друга страна : това е продължението на "Вино от глухарчета", която съм чела дори с главата надолу без да се усетя. Кара ме да се чувствам отново дете. Да си спомням мислите от тази възраст и да разбирам какви важни философии е разкривало моето съзнание тогава. Днес всичко някак си е открито .... поне са открити тези малките, но важни ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Elanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who loves To Kill A Mockingbird
This book would be a perfect little gem without the explanatory dialogue between the two old men in the middle of the action, right after the boy Douglas's Joycean epiphany. There is this moment of pure interior beauty, something that reminded me of To Kill a Mockinbird in its more enlighting and poetic shades, a plot twist so deep in its meaning that it feels like a blow in the stomach, a sweet and relieving one; and immediately after this, there is the explanation in form of dialogue. Not need ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Zuska rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book...

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
Yehudah Tor
Ray Bradbury's "Farewell Summer" is a book about youth, rebellion and a ticking clock. Thirteen year old Doug Spaulding lives in Green Town, Illinois. He, his younger brother Tom and a few more friends are a tight bunch who do everything together. Doug and his "gang" decide to declare war on their school's board and on old people in general. They refuse to get old and have a "boring" and "meaningless" life. They decide that the one thing that is making them older and older is time, so they destr ...more
Sergey Tomson
С ночным боем часов на городской ратуше семидесятилетний старик беседует со своей последней эрекцией, а к тому времени, как часы завершают третий удар, уже знакомый мне по первой книге Дуглас встречается со своей первой. "Мы ещё встретимся, дружок? Конечно, утром я проснусь раньше тебя."
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
Apr 17, 2015 Geoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aaron Francione
Oct 01, 2015 Aaron Francione rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rays last book and conscious goodbye letter to his readers. In terms of language his easiest book to read yet still he remains a master conjurer. Being a shorter book than Dandelion Wine it was filled with less memorable moments, but serves as a link between two of his best works Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes and sums up their major themes. Farewell Mr. Bradbury!
Наталия Станева-Пенева
Обожавам Рей Бредбъри.
"— Знаете ли — каза Чарли, все едно си спомни нещо важно. — Мислех си за нещо. Чичо ми е на двайсет и пет. Намина днес, караше голям буик и беше с жена си. Много мила и много хубава. И цяла сутрин си мислех — може пък да ги оставя да ме направят на двайсет и пет, а? Мен ако питате, това си е съвсем прилична средна възраст. Ако ми позволят да се возя в буик с такава хубава жена, ще се съглася. Но дотук, да сме наясно! Никакви хлапета. Само не и вряскащи хлапета. Само хубава
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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He bec ...more
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