Now, don't be reading on if you've never read Dandelion Wine and plan to.
It's October and Summer has not quite gone away. It's unseasonably...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Farewell Summer takes place in a small, sleepy town in the mid-west. Young Douglas and his friends face the end of summer and the end of childhood. The elderly school board members face a new school year and their own rapidly approaching death. Both generations engage...more
А най-добрият начин и за двете се оказа Бредбъри.
Ако "Вино от глухарчета" бе началото на битката между поколенията, то "Сбогом, лято" е вече разразилата се война - с малките подли номерца и нечестните удари под кръста.
Тя е началото на едно съзряване - преходът между невинните обгърнати в мъгла от фантазия детски години и сериозността на отговорното порастване.
Тя е отказът за продължиш лудешкия си бяг през времето и да продължиш сам...more
At start I was not sure where the story was heading and was afraid that it was a kind of soap story, but Ray Bradbury would never do that to his readers! So I kept on reading and was not disappointed.
I realized only at the end, reading his afterword, that this was in fact a sequel of another of his book... that I had never read! AH-AH!
So without knowing that it's linked with an English classic, I summarize my opinion: Interesting charact...more
След опияняващото “Вино от глухарчета” на Рей Бредбъри не вярвах, че ще се докосна отново до толкова страстни страници, наситени, преситени, преливащи от живот, от енергия, от онова безумие, наречено живот, и по абсолютно магически начин, неподвластен на кое да е друго изкуство, пренесено на хартия. “Сбогом, Лято” е отдалечено на десетилетия от своя предходник – и е също толкова прекрасен, грабващ и влудяващ роман...more
In the deceiving warmth of earliest October, civil war has come to Green Town, Illinois, an age-old conflict pitting the young against the elderly for control of the clock that ticks their lives ever forward. The graying forces of school board despot Mr. Calvin C. Quartermain have declared total war on thirteen-year-old Douglas Spaulding and his downy-cheeked cohorts. The boys, in turn, plan and execute daring campaigns, matching old Quartermain's experience and cunning with their youthful enth
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....more
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...more
Also, let's talk about the ending. I know Bradbury is one strange bird, but the ending...more
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...more
In this book Douglas Spaulding and his friends decide to wage war on the older citizens of Green Town as a form of rebellion against their own aging. This is dep...more
It took me about a commute and a half to listen to "Farewell Summer" last week, and while most of it's better than the last couple Bradbury short story collections, I was disappointed in the ending, which I thought was a little wishy-washy. There's still a lot of good stuff in here, though: Ray's v...more
I was introduced to the writings of Bradbury from a collection put together writing in his style. It was wonderful, and reading this i see where they get their inspiration.
It is very symbolic, 200pages but says so much.
About a boy named Doug, his brother Tom, and old man Calv...more