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Dandelion Wine (Green Town #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  32,479 ratings  ·  2,537 reviews

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

Mass Market Paperback, 239 pages
Published March 1st 1985 by Bantam Books (first published 1957)
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Jul 02, 2007 Peter rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
Aug 26, 2007 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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
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
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
I re-read this after a couple of decades and like most works, I appreciate it better now than then.

It could be that the 40 plus year old is better suited to understand the perspective of the mature writer than the 16-year-old reader, or it could just be that this great work speaks on many different levels.

Fundamental Bradbury, this work explores many of the themes that are representative of his canon: coming of age, spirituality, imagination, and the importance of remaining human amidst an eve
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
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
Jan 01, 2015 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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,
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
Jonathan Janz
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
Doug Bradshaw
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
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
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
I think Ray Bradbury is more of a magician than a writer. And this fact becomes clear pretty early on in "Dandelion Wine". I remember reading the first 10 pages or so and thinking I would love that book. Knowing that, I packed it in my luggage and headed off to Varna, my very favourite seaside destination.

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
Уау... Уникален стил на писане и изразяване. И думите, които ме уцелиха десетката:
"...— 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
Jared Millet
I think what every author probably hopes for most is that people will keep reading them after they're gone. In all the tributes to Ray Bradbury, people keep name-checking Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, but the one I'm going back to (and a great read for summer) is Dandelion Wine.

"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
Sep 21, 2007 Weinz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Beautiful and poetic. Dandelion Wine takes place in a fictional Illinois town, modeled after Bradbury's own hometown, and features a 12 year old protagonist, Douglas, modeled after a childhood Bradbury. The book reads more like a series of short stories or vignettes, and includes a cast of town characters as memorable as a summer day from your own childhood.

Moments of whimsy and imagination intermingle with heartbreak and sorrow as only a 12 year old boy can feel. Besides a somewhat fantastical
Tatiana Arutyunova
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Dandelion Wine: A perfectly-distilled small-town summer in 1928
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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
Oct 20, 2014 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Христо Блажев
“Вино от глухарчета”, любовта към лятото и безсмъртието:

“Вино от глухарчета” е наистина най-прекрасната творба на Рей Бредбъри и тъга ми е, че я прочетох едва сега. Това е книга за юношеските летни времена, когато животът изглежда безкраен пир от слънце и щастие, не за поотраснали хора, сбили се вече в люта схватка с живота. И все пак виното ме опияни безмерно – от събуждането на света и лятото с няколко маха на ръцете до нажаленото му приспиване в студе
Rich Rosell

When I read of Bradbury's death in June my first thought was that I have to read Dandelion Wine again. This has always been my favorite book of his, and revisiting it again has reminded me why I hold this in such high regard. Bradbury captures the endless scope of summer and all of its mysteries as seen through the eyes (mostly) of a 12-year-old boy in fictional Green Town, IL.

There's a lot going on here - life, death, childhood, murder, aging, magic, adulthood, memories - and Bradbury fills ea
Akemi G
This is my first Bradbury. And I'm feeling frustrated, as if I just committed a crime, but it's more about the way I've read the book, so before I rant about it, let me try to introduce the book as fairly as possible.

It's a shortish novel (267 pages -- perhaps about 70K words) that consists of short (some just 1-2 pages) anecdotes that unfold around Douglas Spaulding, 12 years old, in the summer of 1928, in his town of Green Town, Illinois. (His birthday is in August, so he is 13 at the end of
Douglas, on the cusp of 'childhood's end', discovers he is ALIVE as the summer of 1928 begins in his sleepy mid-western town. He decides to chronicle all his summer discoveries and note all the rituals -- the things that happen every year. Douglas, who has just learned to notice everything about living will also learn more about dying. By turns he embraces joy and is immobilized by grief. His tale is infused with hyperbole, as is the way with youth.

Many years ago an acquaintance mentioned that

Every time I start a book by Ray Bradbury, I groan and fume, then get bored and irritable. His sentences are so bad. I want to get out my red pen and act like a high school teacher. The characters are drawn in such an odd way that as a reader I get self conscious. I don't care about these everyday people, but then they start voicing those slightly skewed Bradbury thoughts and I recognize those ideas as ones I've had myself.

Eventually I arrive in the world he has created, whether it is Mars or
Amazing storytelling. What a gift for weaving such vivid images and emotions from mere words! The description of the pantry and of the Grandmother's cooking is an explosion of sensations. Also memorable is the Grandfather's feelings about the lawnmower. And the Grandmother's death is another stand-out part of this story. Who cares if the story is interesting (to me it was ok but not great), the writing is what makes this book a great read.
Jan 16, 2013 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Judy by: Jeanette "Astute Crabbist"
A pleasant story of a young boy growing up in the Midwest and the traumatic events of one summer that starts so well.

This book is one of the best pieces of writing I ever experienced. Great verbal and visual images with the dandelion wine encapsulating the flavor of each successive year.

I listened to the performance by a Boston radio theatre and it was excellent. I may also opt for the pleasure of reading a physical book in the future.

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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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