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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.

By Silencewillfall, Blacksburg, VA

Though he is best known for his beloved science-fiction works and the novel Dandelion Wine is entirely devoid of Martian landscapes or futuristic commentary, it is unmistakably a work of Ray Bradbury. The love and richness of his description, the fantastic wisdom of the individual tales, could all have sprung from the pen of only one man. The novels semi-autobiographical nature means it is especially moving and sincere.

The novel is set in the summer of 1928 viewed through the lens of twelve year old Douglas Spaulding, a boy at the edge of manhood. Already possessing some of Bradbury’s daydreaming philosopher’s eye, Douglas determines the summer holds many messages of life and seeks to document them all, through a chart he and his brother write as the summer progresses, through the dandelion wine his grandfather makes, and through his own reflections on events.

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