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Dandelion Wine ()


Brothers Judd Top 100 of the 20th Century: Novels

In this magical coming of age story, Douglas Spaulding is a 12 year old boy living in Green Town, IL in the Summer of 1928.   It is marvelous not merely because of the joyful exuberance of Doug's adventures, nor because it evokes Bradbury's childhood, but because it will bring back memories of your own youthful summers.  Doug's excitement over a new pair of sneakers, or a dish of ice cream on a sweltering night, his grandfather's refusal to countenance newfangled grass that doesn't need mowing, indeed, his sheer joy at the smell of his newmown lawn, all of these resonate in the chambers of the mind.  The title of the book derives from the dandelion wine that his family bottles at the beginning of the summer and which will recall the scents and sensations of summer throughout the year.  Likewise, uncorking this book will summon forth those endless days that you spent playing kick the can or baseball, cooking out in the yard, emerging from the water smelling of chlorine or brine, riding bicycles for hours on end, lying in bed listening to West Coast baseball games on the radio far into the night...

This is a book about the value of traditions and rituals and memories and the golden hour of youth, before we take on the burden of responsibilities.  Read it for the dual experience of being transported back to the Midwest of Bradbury's youth and to the halcyon days of your own.

(Reviewed:)

Grade: (A+)

  

Websites:

Ray Bradbury Links:
Men with Lit Matches: a review of Fahrenheit 451, The Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by Ray Bradbury (A. W. R. HAWKINS, The University Bookman)
Montag’s seminal moment takes place as he and his fellow firemen are burning down a house that contains books, and the homeowner, rather than leave her books behind, stands among them determined to be burned with them as a witness to their value. Before she burns, she quotes from the English Reformers about whom she’d read: “Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out!”

From that early point onward, Fahrenheit 451 shows Montag on a quest for truth. And he, the destroyer of books, becomes a hoarder of the same, until even his fellow firemen turn on him and burn his house to the ground in their sheer intolerance of learning.

Like so many of Bradbury’s works, Fahrenheit 451 is priceless. And it bolsters perfectly the point that Russell Kirk made when he wrote, “Bradbury’s stories are not an escape from reality; they are windows looking upon enduring reality.”

    -OBIT: Ray Bradbury, Master of Science Fiction, Dies at 91 (GERALD JONAS, June 6, 2012, NY Times)
    -OBIT: Ray Bradbury dies at 91; author lifted fantasy to literary heights: Ray Bradbury's more than 27 novels and 600 short stories helped give stylistic heft to fantasy and science fiction. In 'The Martian Chronicles' and other works, the L.A.-based Bradbury mixed small-town familiarity with otherworldly settings. (Lynell George, 6/06/12, LA Times)
   
-OBIT: American science fiction author Ray Bradbury dies age 91 (NICK CLARK, 06 JUNE 2012, Independent)
    -OBIT: Ray Bradbury dies aged 91 (The Telegraph, 6/06/12)
    -OBIT: Author Ray Bradbury, who fused sci-fi with morality, dies at age 91 (Agence France-Presse, Jun 7, 2012)
    -REMEMBRANCE: LOVING RAY BRADBURY (Junot Díaz, 6/06/12, New Yorker)
    -OBIT: Ray Bradbury, a passionate sci-fi writer with the gifts of a painter: Ray Bradbury wrote his more than 500 stories, novels, plays, and poems on a typewriter, creating imagery that helped bring sci-fi and fantasy into the mainstream of American popular culture. (Gloria Goodale, Staff writer / June 6, 2012, CS Monitor)
    -REMEMBRANCE: Ray Bradbury vs. Political Correctness: The science-fiction author, who died Wednesday, was a fierce critic of thought-control. (SOHRAB AHMARI, 6/06/12, WSJ)
    -REMEMBRANCE: Ray Bradbury, Pulp God: The fabulist of the Space Age was half doomsday prophet, half man-child. (Bryan Curtis, June 6, 2012, Slate)
    -REMEMBRANCE: Remembering Ray: A visionary science-fiction writer, and a dispenser of good advice. (Ted Elrick, 6/06/12, National Review)
    -REMEMBRANCE: Ray Bradbury, Dead at 91, Taught Generations of Readers How to Dream: The fantasy writer Ray Bradbury scorned the label of “science-fiction writer” and taught generations of readers the benefits of letting their imaginations run wild, writes Malcolm Jones, 6/06/12, Daily Beast)
    -INTERVIEW: Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction No. 203 (Interviewed by Sam Weller, Paris Review)
    -REMEMBRANCE: Ray Bradbury: Finding Our Reflections Where We Didn't Expect Them (PETER SAGAL, 6/06/12, NPR)
    -FILMOGRAPHY: Ray Bradbury (Imdb.com)
    -INTERVIEW: Rocket Man: In conversational orbit with Ray Bradbury (Steven Mikulan, 6/26/04, LA Weekly)
    -REVIEW: of Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury (Alexander Zaitchik, NY Press)

Book-related and General Links:
    -ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA : "ray bradbury"
    -ENCYCLOPAEDIA BRITANNICA : "bradbury, ray"
    -INTERVIEW : The Romance of Places: An Interview with Ray Bradbury (Robert Couteau, Quantum: Science Fiction & Fantasy Review. Spring 1991)
    -INTERVIEW : with Ray Bradbury (Joshua Klein, The Onion AV Club)
    -INTERVIEW : An interview with Master Storyteller Ray Bradbury (Jason J. Marchi, New Century Cinema)
    -PROFILE : Ray Bradbury: 'A poet of affirmation' (James E. Person Jr., Detroit News)
    -ESSAY : Ray Bradbury is on fire! At 81, the veteran author of sci-fi classics "Fahrenheit 451" and
 "The Martian Chronicles" is suddenly very hot in Hollywood (James Hibberd, August 2001, Salon)
    -ARTICLE : Ray Bradbury on Spiritual Aspects of Creativity in the Next 100 Years   (P. Clay Vollmer)
    -Green Town, IL : A Home for Ray Bradbury
    -Ray Bradbury (Alpha Ralpha Boulevard)
    -The Bradbury Scrapbook  For Mrs. Senner's Class | Due on 5.16.00 | Vadim Gordin
    -Ray Bradbury (Bio & Links)
    -SERMON : SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (Rev. Linda Smith Stowell, June 6, 1999)
    -LINKS : Top: Arts: Literature: Genres: Fantasy: Authors: B: Bradbury, Ray (Open Directory)
    -ARCHIVES : "ray bradbury" (Find Articles)
    -ARCHIVES : "ray bradbury" (Mag Portal)
    -STUDY GUIDE : Study guide for Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles (1950) (Paul Brian)
    -ONLINE STUDY GUIDE : Farenheit 451 (SparkNotes)
    -STUDY GUIDE : Fahrenheit 451 (ClassicNote)
    -STUDY GUIDE : Fahrenheit 451 (CampusNut)
    -REVIEW : of Dandelion Wine (robert zverina, The Book Report)
    -REVIEW : of Something Wicked (James Seidman, SF Site)
    -REVIEW :  of Something Wicked  (Joe Hartlaub, The Book Report)
    -ANNOTATED REVIEWS : Bradbury, Ray (Medical Humanities)

FILMS :
    -FILMOGRAPHY : Ray Bradbury (Imdb.com)
    -INFO : Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) (Imdb.com)
    -BUY IT :  Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) DVD (Amazon)
    -DVD REVIEW : of Something Wicked This Way Comes (Mike Lang, DVD Review)
    -DVD REVIEW : of Something Wicked (John Larsen, Lightviews)

Comments:

Your Ray Bradbury link to www.newcenturycinema.org is no longer valid. You may change that link URL to my own Website (www.jasonmarchi.com), which will soon reprint my interview with Ray Bradbury, and also directs readers to the new printed book by Steven Aggelis that reprints my Bradbury interview that you mention. All Best, Jason Marchi

- Jason Marchi

- Dec-27-2004, 22:13

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