Dandelion Wine (Green Town #1)
Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.
Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole...more
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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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
Yaşıyorum lan. Hayatta olmak çok güzel. O kadar fazla duygu var ki deneyimlenecek yeterli vaktim olmama ihtimali korkutuyor.
Aynen bu şekilde çığlık atan bir kitap okudum. Okunmalı hatta eşe dosta okutmalı.
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, ...more
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In the ...more
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
Poetičan svemir u kojem Dougllas živi je zaista životopisan, scena s novim patikama je odlična, proricanje budućnosti, gubljenje prijatelja... A kada ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
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
"...— 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
"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
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 ...more
Moments of whimsy and imagination intermingle with heartbreak and sorrow as only a 12 year old boy can feel. Besides a somewhat fantastical ...more