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3.0 out of 5 stars Dandelion Wine, 27 Nov 2012
This review is from: Dandelion Wine (Paperback)
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 dandelion flowers are used to make wine, in Idaho. This must reflect Bradbury's own upbringing and could be great if that is what you want. I found it quite slow as nothing really happens.
Two instances recalled the SF background - An old man is listened to by boys as he recalls earlier days for them, stories of a life they never knew. They call him a time machine. And a young man and old woman decide that they are lovers separated by too many years to have a relationship, but maybe in their next incarnation they will be together, soul mates.
That's about it for me. The prose is soft and easy, it's not a long book, you could use it to sample his style. But read The Silver Locusts, retitled The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man. Those are the books - really, collections of short stories - on which we judge Bradbury.
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