Dandelion Wine

{4/5} “So, with the subtlest of incidents, he knew that this day was going to be different. It would be different also, because, as his father explained, driving Douglas and his ten-year-old brother Tom out of town toward the country, there were some days compounded completely of odor, nothing but the world blowing in one nostril and out the other. And some days, he went on, were days of hearing every trump and trill of the universe.”

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, published in 1957

This novel takes place in 1928 — a simpler time. Green Town, Illinois is mostly a regular town although a few strange things happen there. Twelve-year-old Douglas is excited about the summer vacation. He’s got all sorts of fun things planned — of course, sometimes unexpected not-so-fun things happen too. Playing with his friends, listening to old stories from Colonel Freeleigh, riding the trolley — these are the things he looked forward to.

And they do make wine out of dandelions.

Some chapters are from Douglas’ point of view but the story moves around other equally interesting residents of the town. I particularly liked the part with the happiness machine, the part with Miss Loomis and Mr. Forrester, and the part with Mr. Jonas the junk man. The fantasy aspect of the story isn’t very big — really just a couple of elements, while everything else is realistic. Bradbury’s prose is poetic. I liked the book but it didn’t grab me quite as much as the other two of his that I’ve read.

I hadn’t read any Bradbury besides a few short stories until fairly recently — I highly recommend Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.

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