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Dandelion wine,: A novel (A Bantam book) [Unknown Binding]

Ray Bradbury
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Unknown Binding: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (1959)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007EF8KG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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One of the greatest writers of science fiction and fantasy, Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1920.

He published some 500 short stories, novels, plays and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was just twenty years old. Among his many famous works are Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man and The Martian Chronicles.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting novel. 24 Aug 2000
By A Customer
I first read "Dandelion Wine" when I was a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl. I was heavily into Science Fiction, and had read some of Bradbury's short stories. My favourite English teacher loaned me his copy of the novel.
I was surprised to find that it wasn't Science Fiction. However, I was soon enchanted by Bradbury's depiction of one golden summer in the life of an American boy.
I remember laughing and crying while I read the book. It was wonderful - sheer poetry.
I'm now a middle-aged woman, and Bradbury's words still move me. Read "Dandelion Wine". You won't regret it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Summer is Made Of 4 Sep 2003
By Mary
They say childhood ends when you start to remember it. Twelve year old Douglas is on the verge of this moment. He is realizing that summer is made of certain sounds, sights, smells, experiences. But somehow he also realizes that -- once past childhood -- we notice these glories much less often. Afraid of losing these things, he begins to keep a diary off all that he learns, all that he notices, all that happens.
This book is nothing short of magical. Bradbury captures the essence of summer seen through the eyes of a child who is gently leaving childhood behind. You will remember the small American town and its inhabitants for years after you've turned the last page. Simply said, you must read this book. Steal from your children's piggy bank to buy it if you must, but you have to read this book. You will not be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For every man who was ever a boy. 13 Mar 2012
One of the best novels I have ever read. A superb evocation of childhood in mid America, beautifully poetic with just enough fantasy to please Ray Bradbury's Sci-fi fans as well.
To all men I say - if you were ever a boy, or still are at heart, you should read this book.
(To Amazon - please make this available on Kindle!)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to be alive 16 Nov 2002
A wonderful evocation of growing up in small town USA in that post WW2 time when everything seemed possible, and the world took one big breath of hope for the future. The story captures the feelings of its central narrator, a small boy who realises the joy of being alive. By the end he has become aware of his own mortality.
Bradbury's human beings are caught as living, sentient beings via his magical prose style. Not a book to study in class, but one to be read under the covers. Full of a wisdom we all take for granted.
Get out there and feel the sun on your face, the rain on your back, the earth under your feet and the air in your lungs.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 1 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Like the previous reviewer I bought this book expecting something else. It is quite an extraordinary work that reminded me of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in its depiction of children trying to relate to events and people around them over the course of a summer. Bradbury interweaves some elements of fantasy but in a way that is neither obtrusive nor irrelevant to the very human stories within. If Bradbury were not so strongly associated with Sci-fi I think this book would be lauded more and would indeed be considered a modern classic alongside Harper Lee's tome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 11 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first read this book probably fifty years ago and loved it. My daughter read it on my recommendation and also loved it. It is one of my 'comfort reads' and now I have it on Kindle it goes everywhere with me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy 27 Mar 2013
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book captures summer, summer is about freedom and living to the full in only a few months. Everytime i see this book on my shelf i smile, i hope you will to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most beautiful novel 25 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the most beautiful novel I've read in a long, long time. Bradbury is best known for science fiction, but this is not of that genre; it's a tenderly told tale about small-town America in the 1920's. It captures the magical feeling of being a child during "endless summer," and it also paints poignantly vibrant pictures of the older residents of the town. The prose is exquisite and the character portraits are vivid and loving. I believe this book has just become my new "best loved" novel and I'll be re-reading it many times to come. It's just wonderful, sweet, beautifully written. It will remind you of being a kid and it will also strike a chord about getting older, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic!
This book reads like a magic fairytale, but is surprisingly firmly rooted in the day to day life in a small American town. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mr. Donvad
4.0 out of 5 stars A very fine wine
Dandelion Wine is beautifully written and superbly evokes feelings of the time in which it is set. The lyrical style is delightful and the characters are well crafted, interesting... Read more
Published 5 months ago by barry elsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Dandelion Wine rediscovered - WOW!!!
I first read this book well before the days of wi-fi, mobile phones and the internet in a paperback which cost me 3/6 - that's 17.5p to you post decimalisation folks. Read more
Published 6 months ago by George Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostaglia at its best
A brilliant account of a small town in 1920s America, a thinly disguised autobiography of Bradbury's childhood, read in conjunction with Fahrenheit 451 it gives a good background... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JJC
5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite.
I have enjoyed this book regularly for many years, and was glad to be able to have it on my Kindle.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. I. Irving
5.0 out of 5 stars Evocation of feeling
It's been mentioned that this is more a series of inter-linked stories than a novel, and whilst this is true to a great degree it's even more than this. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Archy
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book
One of the best books about childhood ever written. Ray Bradbury writes with love and lets us feel his love.
Published 11 months ago by Keith Goldup
3.0 out of 5 stars Episodic
'Dandelion Wine' does not have the tight narrative structure of 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'. It is rather a collection of episodes (some of which were also used as short... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dr Michael C Thorne
3.0 out of 5 stars Dandelion Wine
This is not SF which disappoints all Bradbury's SF fans. A boy begs his parents for new running shoes at the start of summer and spends the months running around a town where... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Clare O'Beara
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