An endearing classic of childhood memories of an idyllic midwestern summer from the celebrated author of ‘Farenheit 451’.
"He stood at the open window in the dark, took a deep breath and exhaled.
The street lights, like candles on a black cake, went out.
He exhaled again and again and the stars began to vanish.
Douglas smiled. He pointed a finger.
There, and there. Now over here, and here…
Yellow squares were cut in the dim morning earth as house lights winked slowly on. A sprinkle of windows came suddenly alight miles off in dawn country.
'Everyone yawn. Everyone up.'"
In the backwaters of Illinois, Douglas Spaulding's grandfather makes an intoxicating brew from harvested dandelions. ‘Dandelion Wine’ is a quirky, breathtaking coming-of-age story from one of science fiction's greatest writers. Distilling his experiences into "Rites & Ceremonies" and "Discoveries & Revelations", the young Spaulding wistfully ponders over magical tennis shoes, and machines for every purpose from time travel to happiness and silent travel.
Based upon Bradbury's own experiences growing up in Waukegan in the 1920s, ‘Dandelion Wine’ is a heady mixture of fond memory, forgiveness, magic, the imagination and above all, of summers that seemed to go on forever....Continua
This is the first book of Bradbury I've dared to read in his original language, and while reading I was dazzled like the very first time that I adventured myself in this book.
The prose is enriched with a variety of nouns and captures the impressions of the young boys, projecting the reader in that enchanted time.
Scent of summer and memory of old days.
The open affection Bradbury has for his hometown and its inhabitants evokes a real sense of location, which results in the reader being transported right into the heart of a thriving community. Every character, no matter how seemingly small or insignificant, is integral to making this wonderful tale breathe life. Bradbury’s nostalgic descriptions are almost cinematic in nature. His belief in magic, not necessarily the witchy kind of magic, but the magic of people and timing is astounding. It’s the kind of magic where an old man can be called a time-machine, a child can feel the power of an entire town, and a pair of shoes can transform a young boys way of life to the point of superhuman speed; it lingers with you long after the last page...
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