Dandelion Wine (Bradbury)

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[A] rich, lyrical portrait of a small town.... The summer is seen through the 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding...[who] awakes to the possibilities of life and to the inevitability of death—and lives through it with his innocence, if not all his illusions, intact. It is a summer of "rites and ceremonies," of "discoveries and revelations." ... Sound sentimental? Of course it is—but joyously so, and dappled with the skepticism of children.... "The sun didn't rise," writes the author. "It overflowed." And so does this warm embracing play. (Based on the 1975 stage play.)
Mel Gussow - New York Times (2/8/1975)

Bradbury's 1957 semi-autobiographical novel, after which a crater on the moon is named, captures the very heart and soul of childhood, from terror of the dark to the delight of running in new sneakers. —Theresa Connors, Arkansas Tech Univ. Lib., Russellville
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