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Dandelion Wine (Green Town #1)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  38,153 Ratings  ·  3,039 Reviews
An endearing classic of childhood memories of an idyllic midwestern summer from the celebrated author of 'Fahrenheit 451'.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2008 by HarperVoyager (first published 1957)
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Igor Corovai Absolutely different. They have nothing in common between these two books.
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Peter
Jul 02, 2007 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Matthew
Magic Realism - according to Wikipedia

"Magical realism, magic realism, or marvelous realism is a genre of narrative fiction and, more broadly, art (literature, painting, film, theatre, etc.) that, while encompassing a range of subtly different concepts, expresses a primarily realistic view of the real world while also adding or revealing magical elements. It is sometimes called fabulism, in reference to the conventions of fables, myths, and allegory. "Magical realism", perhaps the most common te
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Russell
Oct 16, 2007 Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lyn
Jul 30, 2011 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I'm one of them.”

I re-read this after a couple of decades and like most works, I appreciate it better now than then.

“A good night sleep, or a ten minute bawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine.”

It could be that
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Matt
Aug 26, 2007 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Mar 27, 2008 Amber rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apatt
Dec 02, 2014 Apatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s get one thing clear Dandelion Wine is not science fiction, it is not exactly fantasy either, though there is some element of magic realism to it. So if you are a fan of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi books like Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, or his fantasy Something Wicked This Way Comes, and you are looking for more in that fantastical vein, Dandelion Wine may disappoint you. The best mental preparation is to forget about genre and just let Bradbury tell his story in that uniquely beau ...more
Ananthu
Jul 24, 2014 Ananthu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, to-reread
If a day ever comes when the patisseries of the world draw back their prized pastries and sweets, and replace them with old and new copies of Dandelion Wine, I would be the first one, surely, to grab hold of the person next to me and aver in my most jubilant voice that Yes, I did see it coming. Nobody else but me in the whole wide world.

Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding snaps his finger before a slowly waking Green Town, and thus begins the summer of 1928. A summer of surprises, of mysteries, of
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Stewart
Jun 09, 2008 Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Brian
Literary works don’t focus on plot, but on experiences and learning from a character’s life. Bradbury has given the world a fine masterpiece of literature in “Dandelion Wine.” The story follows the life of a boy, Douglas Spaulding, and his friends and family, in summer of 1928. If we think back on our summers as children, can we find one plot branching into subplots, or do we find a mass of short stories involving characters we learned from? We experienced life, stretched the limits of safety an ...more
Camie
Feb 24, 2014 Camie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ray Bradbury's classic about Douglas Spaulding growing up in 1928 small town America , where every year his Grandfather makes his famous Dandelion Wine, capturing the taste of Summer in every bottle. Loosely based on his own life. The audio version was like listening to an old time radio show. YA, fun..... 4 stars.
Jonathan Janz
Mar 28, 2013 Jonathan Janz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Werner
Feb 16, 2008 Werner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who has a sense of wonder towards life
Shelves: general-fiction
Note, Jan 1, 2015: I've just updated this to correct a minor typo --a misspelling of the author's name in one place.

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,
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Robert
Aug 29, 2008 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
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
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Megan Baxter
Apr 26, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a summer person, but this book makes me wish I was. The lazy days of summer, of enjoying the heat instead of feeling oppressed by it. Running all over town with my friends, disbelieving that the adults around me ever did the same. Bottling dandelion wine against the winter, when each day of summer will be drunk and remembered anew.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the
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Lisa
May 26, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tatiana Khaykina
Jun 14, 2015 Tatiana Khaykina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Doug Bradshaw
Feb 23, 2014 Doug Bradshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Chrissie
In this book we follow a twelve year old boy, Doug, through his summer vacation. You follow not only his thoughts, deeds and contemplations, but also those of his younger brother, Tom, who is ten, and of his friends and other characters in the fictive Green Town. The book is semi-autobiographical, based on the author's own childhood summers in Waukegan, Illinois. I thought I would get summers and childhood reminiscences in a small Midwestern town. The year is 1928. Kick-the-can, new sneakers, wa ...more
Stuart
Dandelion Wine: A perfectly-distilled small-town summer in 1928
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Can you be naustalgic for a place you never lived in, for a time long gone before you were born? I certainly never lived in Waukegan, Illinois in the summer of 1928 as a 12-year old boy named Douglas Spalding, but Ray Bradbury has perfectly evoked a magical world of a long-lost Midwest small town as seen from the eyes of a bright, energetic young boy.

You would think small town life is fairly bor
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Vit Babenco
Jul 07, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“And there, row upon row, with the soft gleam of flowers opened at morning, with the light of this June sun glowing through a faint skin of dust, would stand the dandelion wine. Peer through it at the wintry day – the snow melted to grass, the trees were reinhabitated with bird, leaf, and blossoms like a continent of butterflies breathing on the wind. And peering through, color sky from iron to blue. Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling ...more
Ivan Lutz
Nov 12, 2016 Ivan Lutz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bradbury piše da ti se kida srce, ali nakon svih njegovih knjiga (osim 451) MAslačkovo vino mi je izgledalo kao pomalo pretjerano opjevano djetinjstvo. Ruku na srce, ovo je odličan roman, no, ruku opet na srce - isključivo po meni - previše mi je epskog pristupa opisima djetinjstva i slave i slave i slave tog ljeta. I onda sam mu htio dati trojku...
Poetičan svemir u kojem Dougllas živi je zaista životopisan, scena s novim patikama je odlična, proricanje budućnosti, gubljenje prijatelja... A kada
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ba
Jul 16, 2007 ba rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura
Nov 09, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magical realism or the magic of summer as a child, you choose. Thoroughly enjoyed. Not sure my tween will appreciate. However, I can see why this book is assigned reading. Great story telling.
Liz
Aug 16, 2013 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!

“The first thing you learn in life is you're a fool. The last thing you learn in life is you're the same fool.”

You know, there are so many amazing books published nowadays. The old classics, the very old manuscripts and the new books of every possible genre.
But there are only a few books that are truly moving. We read so much, bestsellers and not, all types of genres, but do me a favour and think about how many books you will actually come back to over and over again? How many books chan
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Ariel
Review to come after our chaos-ridden move dies down a bit.

Some notes:
1. I think I fell back in love with Bradbury along the way.
2. It’s weird reading this a few weeks before Christmas. However, it was a beneficial weird. I'd gone from 60 to 0 in holiday spirit thanks to recent events. Stress-smothered and more angsty than a tree topper with pine needles up their butt, Christmas and I weren’t getting along. Plopping myself down in a field of newly risen dandelion heads in Bradbury’s Green Tow
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Weinz
Sep 21, 2007 Weinz rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Lauren
I read this in high school and really enjoyed it at the time. Revisited it via audio on our roadtrip and enjoyed it even more. Very nostalgic story about the wonders of childhood. I did like the little supernatural glimpses as well. Great story.
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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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“Some people turn sad awfully young. No special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I'm one of them.” 1822 likes
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