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Dandelion Wine (Green Town #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  42,087 Ratings  ·  3,424 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

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Mass Market Paperback, 239 pages
Published March 1st 1985 by Bantam Books (first published 1957)
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Igor 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
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
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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

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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
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
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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.” 1910 likes
“A good night sleep, or a ten minute bawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine.” 666 likes
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