“It was kind of confusing for a young mind to really capture the true message that the author is trying to send. I had a little trouble with the book. The way the text was worded and set up gave me a hard time reading it”Rooshi wrote this review Monday, November 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I have just finished reading Dandelion Wine and overall I really enjoyed this book. I thought the style of writing was slightly monotonous despite having a really interesting plot concept, however this style of writing contributed to the overall eerie, mysterious tone the book develops as it continues and is also typical to the writing style of other Ray Bradbury books I have read such as Fahrenheit 451. The book is composed of many different characters and stories, which are all interconnected. Because the Bradbury maintains an anonymous feel to both the setting and the characters, it allowed me to incorporate my own interpretations of the symbols and characters into the storyline, and also to connect my own beliefs and experiences to those of the characters, most significantly, the main character, Douglass. Through out the novel Douglass has an internal conflict to either seek information about life, or remain ignorant so that he may continue living happily because he finds that with some of his explorations, he is extremely unhappy which the explanations which are given. I think this is an internal conflict which everyone can relate to, especially those of the same age as Douglass. All other characters also contribute symbolic conflicts, most specifically in different ways of trying to attain happiness or perfection. In the end, all characters come upon the conclusion that perfection and happiness are two entirely different things - for example when Douglass tries to manipulate his friend John Huff into staying in Green Town when he has to move, and also when Douglass' Grandma attempts to perfect her kitchen and her cooking. Overall, this was my interpretation of the book, and I would definitely recommend it to readers of all ages who are interested in philosophy, as this book definitely deals with many philosophical questions. I would give this book an 8/10 stars, only because it was hard to follow for me, but otherwise was a very beautiful book.”Hanna A wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"Dandelion Wine" by Ray Bradbury, the master word-weaver, wasn't my cup of tea. The coming-of-age storyline was for me much like watching a gerbil in the spinning wheel "running interminably but going nowhere fast." The Prologue was wonderful and ironically told the whole ensuing story in but a few pages! I love Bradbury's work, but not this particular story...although it is impossible to overlook his wordsmithery, it's marvelous! 2.5 stars!!!”Dave H wrote this review Thursday, September 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a perfect time to read a book about summer. Dandelion Wine is richly written in a way that draws you in and makes you feel the heat and see the countryside so vividly you think you're part of the story. I marked so many passages it would be crazy to copy them all here. Definitely a book to re-read every summer when the heat builds intensely and the insects sing loudly. "The golden tide, the essence of this fine fair month ran, then gushed from the spout below, to be crocked, skimmed of ferment, and bottled in clean ketchup shakers, then ranked in sparkling rows in cellar gloom." "Was there, then, no strength in growing up? No sanctuary in life? No fleshy citadel strong enough to withstand the scrabbling assault of midnights?" "And it began on a morning such as this when a boarder, a nephew, a cousin, a son or a grandson came out on the lawn below and moved in consecutively smaller quadrangles north and east and south and west with a clatter of rotating metal through the sweet summer grass." "That was the huge regret of her life, in a way. The one thing she had most enjoyed touching and listening to and looking at she hadn't saved. John was far out in the meadow country, dated and boxed and hidden under grasses, and nothing remained of him but his high silk hat and his cane and his good suit in the closet. So much of the rest of him had been devoured by moths." "Doom. Doom. You sound like a funeral bell tolling, " said Grandfather. "She smiled. Deeper in the warm snow hill she turned her head upon her pillow. ...And the sea moved her back down the shore." The Tarot Witch in the glass 'coffin' - "Now waxen dead, she suffered the two boys' approach." "Grandma, with the look of the Indies in her eyes and the flesh of two firm warm hens in her bodice, Grandma of the thousand arms, shook, basted, whipped, beat, minced, diced, peeled, wrapped, salted, stirred." "How to I thank Mr. Jonas, he wondered, for what he's done? How do I thank him, how pay him back? No way, no way at all. You just can't pay. What then? What? Pass it on somehow, he thought, pass it on to someone else. Keep the chain moving. Look around, find someone, and pass it on. That was the only way...". "Here in town the first few scarves of smoke unwound from chimneys and the faint faraway quaking of iron was the rush of black hard rivers of coal down chutes, building high dark mounds in cellar bins."
“One of my favorites!! A quick read. Loved the stories, the nostalgia, the connection to this novel is one that will stay with me forever.”Mrs. Herberger wrote this review Monday, September 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautiful, fantastic. The kind of book that only succeeds with a truly talented writer. So many smaller stories with an overarching theme. If you don't like long descriptive passages, despite how wonderfully written, you probably won't like this. But if you appreciate that life in its simplicity can be enough to fill a book, than this book is for you.”Luisa M wrote this review Saturday, September 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Magical. If the word 'magical' didn't exist, we would have to invent it in order to properly describe Ray Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine". The premise is absurdly simple: one summer in a small Midwestern town during the late 1920's. On the surface it doesn't look like a lot to hang a novel on, but Bradbury puts so much heart, soul and, yes, love into his words that I defy anyone to call it an empty book. Bradbury has always written superbly for children, and slipping his characters into his own nostalgic childhood succeeds on virtually every level.
Most of the chapters are self-contained little story segments. In fact, I had come across portions of this book in short story collections, and had no idea that they were smaller parts of a larger work. Yet "Dandelion Wine" is much more than just a collection of stories. The children and adults alike grow and change as the summer days burn and then fade. Just like a real season, some events are disconnected from the rest and can involve seldom seen people, while other proceedings are intrinsically linked to their peers.
The book itself is fairly difficult to sum up; every definition that I've tried coming up with has omitted several major elements. Of course, any summary that tried to include everything would be far too long and would contain none of the magic of the text. Children discover some fundamental and universal truths for the first time.
Adults deal with their own fears and their own nightmares. And, of course, there are the usual wonderful collection of Bradbury eccentrics and strangers. Children are filled with awe and recognizably childlike without being annoying or unrealistic. There really are too many great little moments in this book to go into huge amounts of detail. To mention a handful of great things is to omit the other wonderful moments. Just like most perfect summers, the book isn't great because of one or two gigantic epics, but because of small quiet little days.
Beautiful little book. 4 stars.”
“Everyone should read this. It is a reminder of the way life used to be and the truly important things in daily life. I am not sure why this was not required reading in Middle or High School.”Swanem wrote this review Saturday, July 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My whole family loves this book, and we have read it many times. We read chapters aloud while we were driving with the kids, and reference Doug every time we try to decide if we need new athletic shoes - "Feels like gazelles.." , or face the end of summer in the Midwest. I will miss knowing that Ray Bradbury is still around.”K.Albertson wrote this review Tuesday, July 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No