- Hardcover: 239 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (P); Revised edition (Jun. 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553119303
- ISBN-13: 978-0553119305
- Package Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,281,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dandelion Wine Hardcover – 1 Jun 1976
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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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Inside Flap
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Set in the American mid-west in the 1920's when Douglas and his brother are growing up and encountering the various characters and their stories from their family and in the village.
The trouble was that Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes was (and is) one of my favourite books ever - and the edition of Dandelion Wine I own (the Corgi SF Collector's Library paperback with the crinkly purple cover) makes it sound like another Something Wicked. The tagline on the front says 'It was a fantastic summer of terror and wonder - a fantastic summer he would never forget...' I can imagine the young me thinking 'But this isn't right. It's not fantasy at all.' And it isn't.
At its most basic, Dandelion Wine is an affectionate portrait of a smallish US town in 1928, with a linking thread of a twelve-year-old boy. It's straightforward, sometimes a little mawkish, sometimes dramatic fiction. And it's Bradbury at his most poetic (something else the young reader probably didn't appreciate) - the lyricism is sometimes so strong it's almost as much a self-parody as John Sladek's breathtakingly sharp pastiche short story Joy Ride by 'Barry duBray.' (One of a set of evil take-offs including a story by 'Iclick As-I-move'.)
Reading it now, though, much older, I think there's something else to Dandelion Wine. It's almost a bookend piece to Something Wicked. Where that was a fantasy about being young and growing up, Dandelion Wine is often a book about growing old and dying, despite that young protagonist. Yes, it portrays beautifully being a pre-teen in a small town in the 20s, but age and death have a habit of dominating the scene. It's wonderfully structured as a set of vignettes - some as short as a single page, some making good length stories.Read more ›
I probably didn't understand it that well at the time and can't remember reading it more than once. The paperback has long gone but, I recently downloaded the Kindle edition and Ray's magic (or is that, "magick"?) has literally blown my socks off. Maybe it - or, maybe I - needed those intervening fifty years to mature. Whatever, it's certainly a heady vintage now and well worth un-corking. Take a sip you'll be hooked....
By the way, I only awarded 5 stars because there weren't any more than that to award - it deserves many, many more.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great condition. Speedy delivery. Many thanks . Read this book many years ago and still love itPublished 6 months ago by Mrs. R. M. Sands
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 9 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 16 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 18 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 21 months ago by john stevens