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Dandelion Wine (Green Town #1)

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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 ...more
Corgi SF Collector's Library
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Igor Corovai Absolutely different. They have nothing in common between these two books.
Alexis Dandelion Wine is a book for all ages and times. Of course, it's unlikely that very young members of the population will grasp the deeper thoughts…moreDandelion Wine is a book for all ages and times. Of course, it's unlikely that very young members of the population will grasp the deeper thoughts running through it, but the story is easy to understand as Doug and Tom and the other inhabitants of the town grow older during the summer. I think children would still be entertained. As for other age groups... It'll warm and cool adult hearts, fill them with wistfulness for a time gone and a life yet to be lived. Bradbury is definitely worth reading.(less)
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Peter
Jul 02, 2007 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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Lyn
Jul 30, 2011 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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Russell
Oct 16, 2007 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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mark monday
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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¡apparently my 1,000th rating! I should be stoked at the milestone I guess, but I was really digging how that 999 looked under my avatar. maybe I should go back and un-rate something and then just keep doing that as needed.
Darwin8u
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aere-perennius, 2017
"I want to feel all there is to feel, he thought. Let me feel tired, now, let me feel tired. I mustn't forget, I'm alive, I know I'm alive, I mustn't forget it tonight or tomorrow or the day after that."
-Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

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Ingredients

1 quart yellow dandelion blossoms, well rinsed
1 gallon boiling water
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon slice

Directions

Place dandelion blossoms in the boiling water, and allow to stand for 4 minutes. Remove and discard the blos
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Matt
Aug 26, 2007 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 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
Sr3yas
"Dandelion Wine.... The words were summer on the tongue".

We all love to travel, one way or another. That's why we read! To experience time; To experience new worlds; To experience...

And sometimes, we find those peculiar time machines that take us to somewhere special. Let's say, a reminiscent of nostalgic childhood. That one is always special. My favorite in that category are To Kill a Mockingbird and Malgudi Days

Now I have Dandelion Wine... And It is different from all these books!

In Dandel
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Apatt
Dec 02, 2014 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
Wayne Barrett
Is it possible to catch magic in a bottle? Sunshine or the stars in the sky like captured fireflies? Maybe not, but Bradbury certainly captured a boys summer in a bottle and it was sweet as Dandelion Wine.

There is something about Bradbury's style that makes me reminisce about my boyhood like no other writer has. Similar to what he did with Something Wicked this way Comes and The Halloween Tree, Bradbury pulls me into his story with his poetic, symbolically descriptive style in a way that does w
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Ananthu
Jul 24, 2014 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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Manju
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Manju by: Sr3yas
it was the summer of 1928, way before Radio or TV were part of our life. 12 year old Douglas spent that summer exploring his small town and its people. He started jotting down his "discoveries and revelations" in a notepad so that he won't forget about them. We through him met extraordinary people of this small town. A man adamant on making a Happiness Machine, an old woman who thought that she had met her lover from her past life, going away of a dear friend, last ride on the trolley, and magic ...more
Stewart
Jun 09, 2008 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
TheSkepticalReader
Review originally posted on A Skeptical Reader.
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.

In a serendipitous moment, I discovered this quote on my friend Sookie’s favorited quotes page and instantly began craving the book. I was left pondering over these words for days and weeks
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David Schaafsma
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
"Dandelion wine. The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer caught and stoppered."

“I want to feel all there is to feel, he thought. Let me feel tired, now, let me feel tired. I mustn't forget, I'm alive, I know I'm alive, I mustn't forget it tonight or tomorrow or the day after that.”

Doug (12) and Tom (10) Spaulding live in Green Town, Illinois. Bradbury published this book in 1957, though you can see why this became popular in the late sixties, celebrating summer and nature as it
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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
Cody
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While no one can top Stephen King (for me), Ray Bradbury is certainly my second favorite author. His writing is so precise — he says neither too much nor too little — with nary a word out of place. He evokes emotions buried deep within me, every damn time.

Dandelion Wine is magical realism mixed with coming of age; this story oozes charm and is filled with quotable passages. While the main character is Douglas, a twelve year old boy who is realizing what it means to be 'alive', the narrative doe
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Jonathan Janz
Mar 28, 2013 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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Camie
Feb 24, 2014 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.
Werner
Feb 16, 2008 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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Mitticus
+Reto Popsugar 2016: #25: Que transcurre en el verano+

nostalgic. candid. melancolic.
a summer through children eyes. discoveries and goodbyes.
to catch 'that' special instant inside a botle of dandelion wine, the wine for every day of summer.
maybe an almost love plenty of voyages and descoveries and 'if'.
family. places in the heart. food and wonder. and some touch of darkness to enjoy life. magic.

Sí, el verano era ritos, celebrados en el momento y el sitio indicados. El rito de la limonada y el
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Tatiana Khaykina
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Robert
Aug 29, 2008 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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Pantelis
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My imaginary childhood...
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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.
Megan Baxter
Apr 26, 2014 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 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
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
Thomas Strömquist
My expectations on this were probably way too high. It takes a little while to get into Bradbury's writing, but when you are it's an enjoyable read. When it happens to coincide with a good story, it's really good. This book, however, does not have just good stories in it, but some are less engaging and some seem to get no further than halfway developed ideas, before drowning in words and more words. I hesitated between 3 or 4 stars, but went back and read my review for Green Town no 2 (Something ...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.” 1900 likes
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