- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (12 Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007284748
- ISBN-13: 978-0007284740
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dandelion Wine Paperback – 12 Jan 2008
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'Bradbury has a remarkable range of intensity and vision' Sunday Times
‘A haunting, nostalgic novel… DANDELION WINE is among the best of his earthbound works… He wrote about life on this planet in a richly poetic style that often makes the familiar world seem as fantastic and mysterious as the distant future or outer space.’
‘Bradbury at his best.’
Washington Post Book World
'It is impossible not to admire the vigour of his prose, similes and metaphors constantly cascading from his imagination' Spectator
‘No other writer uses language with greater originality and zest. he seems to be a American Dylan Thomas – with dsicipline’ Sunday Telegraph
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The summer of '28 was a vintage season for a growing boy. A summer of green apple trees, mowed lawns, and new sneakers. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of gathering dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. A magical, timeless summer in the life of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding--remembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
It is so compelling - full of surprises - so timeless - no plot - no artificial ingredients - just life - people - growth - and a magic summer.
This is one of a kind!
All too soon the universe shrinks down to the mundane: school, exams, jobs, careers, mortgages, bills. The mind busies itself in facts and logic. The joy of life shrivels into the search for entertainment. The soul shrivels.
This book is unlikely to be enjoyed or fully appreciated by young people. But those who have a perspective both on childhood and adulthood and who see how much we and others have lost along the way, these people cannot help but be moved, heart and soul.
I for one regard this as one of the finest novels ever written.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Left with a lovely warm feeling after reading this gentle series of recollections of events during one summer from a pre teen growing up in 1928 rural America.Published 2 months ago by penoliver3
I liked the descriptive prose. I could really see the town and it's people. Excellent book for a book club.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
There is no finer example of descriptive writing than "Dandelion Wine"; so many everyday rituals and customs are looked at in a unique, magical way that truly made me... Read morePublished 12 months ago by PlainSimpleTom
This wasn't as good as his other books, mainly because I've read all the short stories before in other books. Read morePublished 14 months ago by john stevens
Ordered this book on recommendation and hated it! Not an author for me!Published 15 months ago by Mrs. M. Henderson