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  • 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)

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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.’
Washington Post

‘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.

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By A Customer on 24 Aug. 2000
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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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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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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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This book reads like a magic fairytale, but is surprisingly firmly rooted in the day to day life in a small American town. It reads through the eyes of a young boy who experiences a summer that changes his life (in a good way). It is incredible how much insight author Ray Bradbury puts into this story. Small separate stories which are completely woven into each other - in a funny way one could say that this the art of telling a story that shows that life too can be like a great art, without being aware of it. (if that makes sense).

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!
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Hated Bradbury when I was forced to read him as a schoolgirl but what a difference 30 years makes! Bradbury's talent for writing was obvious in Dandelion Wine, so I would suggest if you want to try him, this is a good book to start with.
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By Shivari VINE VOICE on 3 July 2015
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In the character of Douglas, Bradbury manages to catch that fleeting moment in time when we are still connected to the child's sense of wonder at the mystery and beauty of the universe and the sheer joy of being alive, but also have acquired the adult ability to reflect and bring a coherent narrative structure to our existence. A moment when the soul is still wide open and the mind is aware of it.

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.
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One of the best novels ever written .... I read it first in my teens and it profoundly affected the way I viewed the world - in a most positive sense ... now 40+ years later, I re-read - deeply moving story ... interestingly, I remembered the story was all about life - but re-reading it now I realise from an older adult perspective it is a wonderful meditation on life AND death. read it and be amazed.
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By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2001
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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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