While no one can top Stephen King (for me), Ray Bradbury is certainly my second favorite author. His writing is so precise — he says neither too much nor too little — with nary a word out of place. He evokes emotions buried deep within me, every damn time.
Dandelion Wine is magical realism mixed with coming of age; this story oozes charm and is filled with quotable passages. While the main character is Douglas, a twelve year old boy who is realizing what it means to be 'alive', the narrative does shift focus to several peripheral characters. I must admit I didn't quite know where the plot was going some of the time (I felt it meandered a good deal), but I'm not sure if that was just me not understanding, or the book failing to engage me at certain points. Those times were few and far between, however!
This is excellent reading for summer. Bradbury uses the season and locale to his advantage, making it all come alive with his pen. While a little confusing at times, this deeply poetic novel is one to be read and treasured. A definite classic.
My daughter just came home from work and asked me where our English copy of Fahrenheit 451 is. After much perusing of bookshelves, both physical and virtual, head-scratching and rummaging-in-disbelief I have come to the conclusion that WE DON'T HAVE A COPY...oh no! German copy? Yes. Kindle copy? Yes. But an actual physical copy in English of the book that got me well and truly hooked on Ray Bradbury? Nope! I am really having trouble believing this but there you have it, I'm a failure.
For me, the novel is a little difficult to comprehend but with some online research it all links and makes sense. It’s a book that’s different from others and I believe that’s why is has a lot of recognition. In the future I will read this once again to understand it more thoroughly. In the future I believe I will find a different meaning. That’s what I like most about this book. No matter how many times you read it. You will find a different meaning each time and you will think about it differently.
I liked this book for some reasons but I didn't like it for other reasons. first, i liked the messages you can interpret out of this book and everyone's interpretation will be different.For me, i felt like it was a little hard to understand at times but that could be just me. This book doesn't start out with a lot of action but as you go on there is more. Besides those things this is overall a pretty good book