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 wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon, It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future. Come and savor Bradbury's priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.
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Nostalgia, for a time that has long gone; a better time that we can now only dream of.
Joy, in watching a young boy grow up.
Fear, that everything may just go wrong for him. and the knowledge of what is waiting in store for him.
The main character, a young boy (Name forgotten I'm afraid), who is so busy trying to just grow up and to understand what the whole thing is about. But he is such an interesting character that, despite everything, you feel drawn to him, to wish him well.
No, but I shall look for him again.
Pretty much. It was beautifully done, both the writing and the narration.
I read one of Ray Bradbury's later books a long time ago. This has made me realize that I must re-visit his list.
- Julian E. Boyce