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Farewell Summer (Green Town #3)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  2,281 ratings  ·  231 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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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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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
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
Cynthia Egbert
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
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
Greg of A2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Janet Gardner
What to say about this book? I really want to give it two stars, because it irked me in some ways and let me down in others, but I’m cutting it some slack for several reasons. First, I listened to the audiobook while running on a treadmill, and that’s not the book’s fault. Possibly I missed something. Second, it’s (sort of) a kids’ (or YA?) book, and I tend to not enjoy many of the conventions of kids’ books, particularly their tendency to over-explain everything--which is also not the book’s fa ...more
I loved Dandelion Wine for it's sweet nostalgia. His descriptions are poetic and make you long for your childhood. Was so glad Bradbury released Farewell Summer (2006) as a sequal 49 years after the release of Dandelion Wine (1957). Simple and beautiful.
Farewell Summer, part of the Green Town series that has developed over the course of fifty years, fails to impress and it was not until the last dozen or so pages that I was able to see where the novel was trying to go. The plot is weak, somewhat outlandish, and the character motives often seem unmotivated. What starts as a story about children trying to remain young and not grow old turns into a coming of age story with a message about the importance of age, wisdom, friendship, and love. Althou ...more
Greta Macionytė
Visada malonu į rankas pasiimti Ray Brandbury tekstus. Prisimenu po to, kai perskaičiau „451 Farenheito“, nuėjau į biblioteką ir išsiėmiau viską, ką tądien radau parašyta Bradbury.... Skaityti toliau:
A worthy sequel to DANDELION WINE, which is not my favorite Bradbury novel (that's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES) but is up there with his best work. Both books are an ode to childhood, summertime, and learning about the realities of life. SUMMER also wrestles with the onset of puberty and adulthood.

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
Dana Jennings
I have not read the first in this collection of books, Dandelion Wine. Many other reviewers compare this novel to that one and offer various views regarding its worthiness as a finale. I am not burdened by that thinking. I took the book at its face value. It has been some time (10 years or more) since I read any Bradbury and must admit that I was not prepared for the beauty and simplicity of his writing. From where I sit, it is worth reading simply for its word-smithing. However, the story, thou ...more
Not as good as the Dandelion Wine, but still, a very beautiful and emotional book, perfect for a summer evening. Shorter and darker than DW, it will bring you back to the era it described even if you never were there.
No matter how much you loved Dandelion Wine, or how much you love Bradbury, don't read this. Really.
The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding--remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.
FAREWELL SUMMER-In a summer that refuses to end, in the deceiving warmth of
Mark Oppenlander
This is the sequel to "Dandelion Wine," which was published almost 50 years after the original. In an Afterword, Bradbury tells us that much of this material was developed at the same time as the original novel, but that his publisher suggested that they publish the first part and then wait a few years to publish the rest. A few years clearly turned in to a few decades . . .

Douglas Spaulding, the young protagonist of both books, finds himself in a fight. Summer is dying and he and his friends wa
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
I'm greatly disappointed that the structure of Dandelion Wine did not cross over into this sequel. As for that matter, this book stands a little weird considering its predecessor. There's war and violence in these young boy's lives, which at times seems a little too grotesque, and I would have preferred a little more fantasy here. It was very "meh," a book I'll probably be passing along.

*****spoilers below*****

Also, let's talk about the ending. I know Bradbury is one strange bird, but the ending
the never-ending library
Bradbury’s clever ability to combine imagination and reality is what makes this short story a brilliant read. The antics of Douglas Spaulding, the leader of the revolution, and his young squadron make this a humorous tale where their attempts to undermine the authority of their elders become increasingly daring and mischievous.

Spaulding’s exploits are very amusing but Quartemain is by far my favourite character. His ever inventive ways of combating the young boys’ delinquency are brilliant. As
Lora Grigorova
Farewell Summer:

Don’t you just love it when it is October and it is still sunny and warm outside. The summer doesn’t want to leave us in the dark hands of autumn. It still spreads hope, smiles, and positivism with its dying rays. We pray and cry “Summer, don’t go away” and it rewards us with yet another wonderful day.

This is a story about a similar summer. A summer that doesn’t want to leave and give way to autumn, school, leaves, darkness, depression. Th
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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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