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Ray Bradbury ë 5 eviewSome people turn sad awfully young No special eason it seems but they seem almost to be born that way They bruise easier tire faster cry uicker emember longer and as I they seem almost to be born that way They bruise easier tire faster cry uicker emember longer and as I get sadder younger than anyone else in the world I know for I m one of them I e ead this after a couple of decades and like most works I appreciate it better now than then A good night sleep or a ten minute bawl or a pint of chocolate ice cream or all three together is good medicine It could be that the 40 plus year old is better "suited to understand the perspective of the mature writer than th My introduction to fiction of "to understand the perspective the mature writer than th My introduction to the fiction of Bradbury is Dandelion Wine his much loved ode to small towns summers and strangeness as only a twelve year old boy could discover it Published in 1957 the book is not a short story collection per se but of the twenty seven vignettes ten had been published before Season of Disbelief and The Window appeared in Collier s in 1950 A Story About Love in McCall s in 1951 The Lawns of Summer in Nation s Business in 1952 The Swan in Cosmopolitan and The Magical Kitchen in Everywoman s Magazine in 1954 The Trolley in Good Housekeeping in 1955 etc Bradbury s ability to enrapture me is divided between his marvelous curiosities tinkerers time travel ghosts witchcraft tarot cards Death and his prose which is jeweled and beautifully captures the glow of a boy s summer When it comes to a strong narrative or characters I could elate to the book left me wanting with most of the chapters or vignettes feeling like what would fill three or four paragraphs of a book as it gears up or takes a break from its central story If there are central characters they would be Douglas Spaulding a twelve year old boy and his ten year old brother Tom who experience the summer of 1928 in their hometown of Green Town IllinoisFrom Summer in the Air Well he felt sorry for boys who lived in California where they wore tennis shoes all year and never knew what it was to get winter off your feet peel off the iron leather shoes all full of snow and ain and un barefoot for a day and then lace on the first new tennis shoes of the season which was better than barefoot The magic was always in the new pair of shoes The magic might die by the first of September but now in late June there was still plenty of magic and shoes like these could jump you over trees and ivers and houses And if you wanted they could jump you over fences and sidewalks and dogsFrom The Swan It was the face of spring it was the face of summer it was the warmness of clover breath Pomegranate glowed in her lips and the noon sky in her eyes To touch her face was that always new experience of opening your window one December morning early and putting out your hand to the first white cool powdering of snow that had come silently with no announcement in the night And all of this this breath warmness and plum tenderness was held forever in one miracle of photographic chemistry which no clock winds could blow upon to change one hour or one second this fine first cool white snow would never melt but live a thousand summersThat was the photograph that was the way he knew herFrom The Tarot Witch Now Douglas knew why the arcade had drawn him so steadily this week and drew him still tonight For there was a world completely set in place predictable certain sure with its bright silver slots its terrible gorilla behind glass forever stabbed by waxen hero to save still waxen heroine and then the flipping waterfalling chitter of Keystone Kops on eternal photographic spindles set spiraling in darkness by Indian head pennies under naked bulb light The Kops forever in collision or near collision with train truck streetcar forever gone off piers in oceans which did not drown because there they ushed to collide again with train truck streetcar dive off old and beautifully familiar pier Worlds within worlds the penny peek shows which you cranked to epeat old ites and formulas There when you wished the Wright Brothers sailed sandy winds at Kittyhawk Teddy Roosevelt exposed his dazzling teeth San Francisco was built and burned burned and built as long as sweaty coins fed self satisfied machinesFrom Dinner at Dawn Whoever he was or whatever he was and no matter how different and crazy he seemed he was not crazy As he himself had often explained gently he had tired of business in Chicago many years before and looked around for a way to spend the est of his life Couldn t stand churches though he appreciated their ideas and having a tendency toward preaching and decanting knowledge he bought the horse and the wagon and set out to spend the est of his life seeing it that one part of town had a chance to pick over what the other part of town had cast off He looked upon himself as a kind of process like osmosis that made various. 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 fir. ,
Cultures within the city limits available to one another He could not stand waste for he knew that one man s junk is another man s luxuryMy favorite vignette in Dandelion Wine is The Swan in which a young newspaper columnist named Bill Forrester impresses ninety five year old Miss Helen Loomis with the way he orders at an ice cream parlor An unlikely elationship blooms based on an old photo he finds that was taken in 1853 when Helen was twenty The way the old woman makes the younger man feel experienced and worldly and the way the younger man makes her feel
Energetic And Young Is Toldand young is told mesmerizing prose by Bradbury His imagination and facility with language were tailor made for the magazine format and while the book struggles to gel I did enjoy eading itLength 78792 words Recently while moving bookcases books and furniture around I came across my copy of Dandelion Wine I had ead it once years ago during my own personal Golden Age of Science Fiction ages 8 to 16 Now was a good time as any to evisit this novel Bradbury had been marked incorrectly in my mind as a sci fi writer on the same level as Heinlein or AsimovHe s not a hard core I Robot type of sci fi writer eally More like a fantasy writer who touched on sci fi themesAnd he s in his own league There haven t been many authors like Bradbury heart of a poet imagination as great
as any and a style that is both comfortable and familiar to the eader and yet is Magic Realismany and a style that is both comfortable and familiar to the eader and yet is Magic Realism to WikipediaMagical ealism magic ealism or marvelous ealism is a genre of narrative fiction and broadly art literature painting film theatre etc that while encompassing a ange of subtly different concepts expresses a primarily ealistic view of the eal world while also adding or evealing magical elements It is sometimes called fabulism in eference to the conventions of fables myths and allegory Magical ealism perhaps the most common term often efers to fiction and literature in particular with magic or the supernatural presented in an otherwise eal world or mundane settingThis book is the essence of Magic Realism If you are a fan of other Magic Realism books ie McCammon s Boy s Life you should definitely check this out The setting is small town America the main characters are your average young boys but the things they encounter are far from normal or are they you will uestion what is eal and what is imaginationNostalgia young vs old new ideas vs the status uo are all main themes Learning from past mistakes especting the experience of your elders and history epeating itself all make appearances There is no life or death just sunrisessunsets new beginnings strong tradition and acceptance of your place in all of itThis book is deeply poetic and ightly so A fantastically written story that should be ead by anyone that appreciates great literature I am looking forward to the seuel Something Wicked This Way Comes This book is a beloved classic dear to lots of people Thus I have to give a warning before I say anything else This time I am going to be that guy everybody hates I did not like it You may call me grumpy old man I probably ead it wrong uite possible ight to left bottom to top English language edition If you love the book stop here and proceed no further Pay no attention to the incoherent amblings of an old man This would be me by the wayUsually I give a brief description of plot at least its initial development This time I have nothing to say there is no plot This book is about a boy s summer the summer of 1928 The guy and his brother make some small discoveries while some happenings go on around town These happenings feel like stories with no beginning and almost always no end Take the one about the Happiness Machine It felt too obvious to me and too preachy The inventor s wife came out a stereotypical nagging one The "Inventor Himself Felt Retarded "himself felt etarded no plot and no character development kids emain exactly the same no matter what happens to them The book has two things to boast about it is eally great at inducing nostalgia this is a compliment and not criticism and it is good at showing a boy s childhood experiences of summer To the first positive part I can eply that I cannot feel any nostalgia for 1928 by definition as even my parents were not born at that time My eply to the second there are plenty of books that do it better and with exciting meaningful plots and character developments too I was bored eading the book A uestion came to me during the ead and it kept bugging me all the time What would happened if a transcript of this book was submitted to a publisher not by an undisputed classic of science fiction Ray Bradbury but an unknown guy John Smith Would this mess even be published Would a self especting publisher even look at the manuscript twice We Ecrackers of gathering dandelions of Grandma's belly busting dinner It was a summer of sorrows and marvels and gold fuzzed bees A mag. Ay never know After finishing "book I almost ended in a dreadful eading slump My salvation was switching uickly to "I almost ended up in a dreadful eading slump My salvation was switching uickly to special anti slump book pile On the other hand I understand that this is a favorite book of uite a few people with some of them classifying it as classic so I cannot give it one star for the fear of a lynching mob showing up on my doorsteps Let me find something nice to say about it and aise the ating The book has great writing is a classic has great writing and is a classic I am going in circles am I not Two stars is as high as I can go Yes I epeat I most probably ead it wrong PS If any of my friends that happened to like this book want to de friend me I understand Sorry My ating stands no matter what Umok so I totally hated this book I hope someone out there can tell me why this is a good book It s uniue sure but it s just a mess of words In eading the introduction I felt like I got a sense of why that is The author said he forced himself to word dump every single morning just writing as creatively etc as he could Well I think he just put those creative word dumps together and called it a story It has no story line no voice no character development no point The author just seems to want to hear himself write The only eason I gave this book five stars was because I couldn t give it five thousandI can t express how beautiful this book is I ve never cried so hard no not even when Mrs Johnson ead us Where the Red Fern Grows in the third grade nor have I felt so much love from a bunch of grouped together sixty year old courier fonted words I ve never been scared than I was by the possibility of the Lonely One being just around the corner hiding in the shadows I ve never thought so much about my own mortality without unning away from the subject in fear and forced naivete I ve never felt fulfilled by a eading experience on both an intellectual and spiritual level as I was with Dandelion WineRead it I beg of you Your life will be better for it I want to feel all there is to feel he thought Let me feel tired now let me feel tired I mustn t forget I m alive I know I m alive I mustn t forget it tonight or tomorrow or the day after that Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine Ingredients1 uart yellow dandelion blossoms well insed 1 gallon boiling water 1 25 ounce package active dry yeast 1 orange sliced 1 lemon sliceDirectionsPlace dandelion blossoms in the boiling water and allow to stand for 4 minutes Remove and discard the blossoms and let the water cool to 90 degrees F 32 degrees CStir in the yeast sugar orange slices and lemon slice pour into a plastic fermentor and attach a fermentation lock Let the wine ferment in a cool area until the bubbles stop 10 to 14 days Siphon the wine off of the lees and strain through cheesecloth before bottling in uart sized sterilized canning jars with lids and ings Age the wine at least a week for best flavorReviewPeriodically this year I ve been evisiting the great novels of my youth I can t escape Ray Bradbury He was the Michael Chabon of my childhood He taught me to see magic in seasons and find miracles in the ordinary moments in the day This is another Bradbury eread from 30 years ago that has improved with age Add sugar and nostalgia and time Let life ferment you for 30 years Come back to his delicate nuanced prose Read his sweet notes of youth of a past infused with both sunshine and magic and see if you don t add a couple stars to your e ead Reading this on the Fourth of July was nearly perfect This book bookended a day filled with family BBs fireworks community festivals apple pie and icecream The book bottles youth Summer Americana etc It is a love note to being alive being young and flirting with the knowledge that life IS fleating Summer ends friends move loved ones die and there are no machine of happiness Just 93 days 15 hours and 38 minutes of Summer in 2017 to be absorbed one day one smell one word at a time stolen wholecloth from one Internet eceipe machine or another Look for the one that is smoking Some people turn sad awfully young No special eason it seems but they seem almost to be born that way They bruise easier tire faster cry uicker emember longer and as I say get sadder younger than anyone else in the world I know for I m one of them A magical timeless summer in the life of a twelve year old boy named Douglas SpauldingForewarning this eview might just be a series of fangirling comments with no eal structure or orderHalfway between being a novel and a series of vignettes Dandelion Wine is Bradbury s ode to summer and if you kn apparently my 1000th ating I should be stoked at the milestone I guess but I was eally digging how that 999 looked under my avatar maybe I should go back and un ate something and then just keep doing that as neede. Ical timeless summer in the life of a twelve year old boy named Douglas Spaulding emembered forever by the incomparable Ray Bradbury. .