Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

How well do you remember your childhood?  For Ray Bradbury, his childhood is as long as a Summer's Day and just as hot, beautiful and humid as the memories depicted in this book.
Each chapter is a memory of his time in Green Town where Tom Spaulding grew up with his brother Doug enjoying their Summers with other kids.  They'd run around, watch sunsets, listen to the silent nights after dinner while lying on their beds listening for their father to come home from Lodge.
He told of their days where they picked Dandelions for their Grandfather - who made the famous Dandelion Wine - and how he almost lost the lawn that grew the weed to make the wine all due to a misunderstanding.  Then, there was the time when the Happiness Machine was created; and what a machine it was!

This book is a magnificent one to read.  It brings back memories of my Summers and holidays I spent with my Grandparents.  I have found I can dip and sample in any chapter as there's no real chapter headings and no continuing storyline; just good little vignettes - memories if you will - of his Summers with friends, his brother and how wonderful it is to be a kid.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something by this late, great author.  Until my next post, happy reading! 

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this review. Dandelion Wine is one of those books that's been on my radar for awhile, but have never gotten around to reading. Here's another book to add to my reading list.

    I've been adding books to my reading list all week as I've discovered a few from reading the posts made by other book bloggers for BBAW 2012.

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    1. I've had this book on my list of to-be-read for over a year, but I didn't own a copy until I ordered it in from the States. It was the best thing I've done lately; and the most wonderful book to read!

      I'll dip back into it over Summer when things slow down a little... just to remind me more of simpler times. :D

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    1. I'm so happy you love the review.

      Isn't it great when a book can be something to help you relax and the words alone take you back to another time?

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