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Dandelion Wine

A Novel

Bradbury, Ray

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Dandelion Wine
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In the unusual world of Green Town, Illinois, a twelve-year-old discovers the wonders of reality and the power of imagination during the summer of 1928.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0380977265
9780380977260
Branch Call Number: FICTION BRADBURY
Characteristics: xiv, 267 p. ;,19 cm

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"Rhapsodic is the word to describe this episodic novel of the summer of 1928, when 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding first realizes, with a visceral rush, that he is alive! The other discoveries he makes during that memorable season are the stuff of this series of semiautobiographical stories, a... Read More »

Break out the rose and enjoy this timeless tale of the magical summer of twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding—remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury.

In the unusual world of Green Town, Illinois, a twelve-year-old discovers the wonders of reality and the power of imagination during the summer of 1928.


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Jun 20, 2012
  • meb42 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. Just the right mix of nostalgia, small town romance, beginnings, endings, murders, lists, nature, and change. The only constant was the dandelion wine.

May 27, 2012
  • soblessed59 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I don't know if all people think the decades of their childhood and teens were the best ever,but I know I loved mine,and my son born in 1970 thinks his was the best,and this story set in a wonderful summer of 1928 sounds just like mine,even though I am a female baby-boomer!

I too remember the magic of a new pair of sneakers and how they felt like they were made of "marshmallows and coiled springs" and it felt like we could run faster and jumper higher than ever before,until they "died" and the magic was gone by the end of summer.

[I wonder did children of the late 70's and 80's possibly experience that with those 12 lb. clodhopper designer basketball shoes that came out then Nike,ect.]?

How I remember the wonderful summer nights spent on front porches,and the summer break from school almost seemed it would never end.

I can't believe as many years ago that I read 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' and loved it,that I never had read Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine,but as I am 61 now,I believe my enjoyment of it is much greater than it would have been then.

He is an amazing writer that brings a book alive for the reader.Like you smell the odors,feel the breezes,rain,sun,ect. The only reason that I give this 4 stars instead of five,is because I agree with those many who feel that only those advanced readers with good reading comprehension would stick with this book,and discover what a jewel it is,due to the style of descriptive writing. It truly is a "love letter to his childhood"!

I am so very thankful that I experienced reading Dandelion Wine. :D

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Jun 20, 2012
  • meb42 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

meb42 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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