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am 30. November 1999
The book Dandelion Wine was not only an interesting and readable book, it also had lessons for life in it. At first the book might be hard to get into if you are not used to Ray Bardburies style of writing. However, once you get past that, it is an excellent book that I would recomend to mature groups. It does take a degree of comprehention and anilitical skills. I personally enjoyed this book emencily and went on to read many others of Bradburies books which I equally enjoyed.
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am 17. Mai 1996
This book magically captures the excitement and wonder of
being young. It takes us into everyday life and gives us a
fresh look at what makes it magic. You can smell the grass
and the dust, and feel the heat. Every time I read these
stories I want to be there with Bradbury in the Illinois of
his childhood and see it with his eyes. Luckily, all I have
to do is read them again.
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am 3. Dezember 1999
this book is flawless, the writing style, the wonder, the fear, it does it all. I cannot remember a book that so captivated me for days, I didnt want it to end. If your young or old get this book, read it, keep it on your shelf, read it again. enjoy it.
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am 3. Juli 2000
DANDELION WINE is first and foremost the story of a 12 year old boy discovering that he is alive. I was lucky enough to read this gorgeous, perfect novel, wrapped in a library's dandelion yellow hardcover, the summer of my 12th year, in the small town of New Haven, Indiana, probably wearing my own pair of Red Ball Jets or Keds, lying in my living room as usual, curled up in a chair with the screen door open to let in the blustery summer wind and sun, with the lush green Indiana grass blowing in waves just outside.
I understood what Bradbury was saying at age 12, an incredible thing in itself, since the themes here are fairly grown-up. Essentially, this book is about a boy flooded with the sudden realization of his own "aliveness", and never has a child's experience of innocent living been so perfectly, passionately illustrated. Douglas Spaulding lying in the grass, or feeling the keen pleasure and pain of carrying heavy laden buckets of self-picked berries out of the woods while the handles crease the insides of his hands. Douglas Spaulding discovering the wonder of a Number Two pencil, and the joy of rising early in the morning to watch his town come to life with the sunrise. Douglas Spaulding discovering that nothing makes a boy fly weightless through his summer vacation better than slipping his feet into the cool, cloudwrapped heaven of a new pair of tennis shoes.
I found this book, at age 12 and several times since, to be an experience ranking with the most important books about human life that I have ever read. Bradbury sees so much, and conveys the experiences so clearly that one knows what Douglas and Ray know by the end. This is a book about passion and joy and being fully alive from moment to moment. It is a sonnet to and affirmation of childhood and innocence of such persuasive power that it has become a key volume of my core library. I don't expect everyone to have such a trascendent experience in the reading, and not everyone is fortunate enough to read this book at as perfect a moment as I did. But it is undeniable in its power and equal to the greatest work Ray Bradbury has produced, in my opinion. I was fortunate enough to meet him and thank him for it while at college. But this book has meant more to me than I could tell him.
Give this to a boy you care about, or read it to evoke, soothe and elevate the child in you. It is pure poetry, Bradbury at the height of his powers, written with genius, on the vital topic of the nature of life. I can only say Douglas Spaulding has never left me. You may find him equally provocative.
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am 17. November 2007
Ich kannte bisher zwar zahlreiche Kurzgeschichten und die Klassiker von Bradbury, brauchte jedoch bis zu "Dandelion Wine", um zu erkennen, welch ein Magier Ray Bradbury wirklich ist.
"Dandelion Wine" ist anders als Ray's andere Geschichten. Weniger Science Fiction, weniger Fantasy. Trotzdem sein bestes Buch.
Bradbury schafft es, zwei der schönsten Dinge des Lebens - die wie Bradbury sehr passend beschreibt, auch vergänglich sind - in einem Buch zu bannen: die Kindheit in einer kleinen amerikanischen Stadt und die dort erlebten Sommer.
Bradbury präsentiert in seinem Buch mehrere auf den ersten Blick nicht zusammendhängende Geschichten, die irgendwie aber doch ein perfektes Bild des beschriebenen Sommers ergeben.
Wie Doug Spaulding im Buch werden auch Sie hoffen, dass dieser Sommer nicht zu Ende geht.
"Dandelion Wine" steht für mich auf eine Stufe mit den Werken von Steinbeck, z.B. mit der berühmten Straße der Ölsardinien. Es ist ein Buch, welches Sie wohl nicht mehr loslassen wird und vielleicht Ihr ganzes Leben begleiten wird. Ich wette, Sie werden es jeden Sommer in Händen halten.
Lesen Sie wenn möglich die englische Aussage. Ansonsten lesen Sie es auf Deutsch. Hauptsache Sie lesen es überhaupt!
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am 11. Oktober 1999
Few books touch that nostalgic nerve about summer when we were young. Bradbury provides a story about a summer that we all had or should have had, once. Through the eyes of youth, a summer in Green Town is unveiled with the happy, the sad, the real. The characters are diverse and authentic. The importance of Keds, trolley cars, Nehi's and family are all entwined along with a few unexpected happenings that make life. Critics may suggest Bradbury has not written organzied, flowing prose with the traditional introduction, build-up, climax, and conclusion. Dandelion Wine was not meant to be that traditional novel. It is, rather, a memory of a summer - and memories are seldom organized- but most often bits and pieces in no particular order. In addition to the tale, Bradbury has scattered gems, lines of truth and insight, throughout the book. The character Jonas gently explains to Douglas Spaulding one day that "Some people turn sad awfully special reason, it seems, but they seem almost to be born that way. They bruise easier, tire faster, cry quicker, remember longer and, as I say, get sadder younger than anyone else in the world. I know, for I'm one of them." Just a Bradbury line that may be a biography in itself of the reader or one of those close friends lost many summers ago. Dandelion Wine is an outstanding work about a time when summers seemed warmer which will be a pleasant book to remove from the shelf every June, July, or August, and relax and feel good remembering when we were the Douglas Spauldings of the world living with vigor.
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am 22. Dezember 1999
This book is an absolute gem, and I cannot believe that other readers could be so harsh with it. They complain that it is hard to follow or that it seems as if there are more stories going on than just a main story theme. Well, that fits the whole "flashback" of a man remembering his boyhood many years ago. I think that the very fact that the story jumps around in a non-linear fashion is befitting a tale of one's childhood. Are we remembering right? We embellish things as we recall our childhood memories because growing up, we process differently. Circumstances and happenings take on epidemic proportions. Sometimes they really are worthy of our childish angst. I think that's what makes this story so riveting. It brings back a rush of our own childhood memories both good, bad, scary, indifferent with it's vivid recollections. I love this book dearly, and it is one of the few books that I bother to pick up again and again. As a teacher, I find going back to the "good old days" of my own youth, or another's youth to be cathartic. Furthermore, it helps me stay grounded with the students I teach. Bradbury is adept at recalling a host of memories with his beautiful storytelling.
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am 26. Juni 1997
This is my absolute favorite book of all time. Every time Iopen this book, it touches me in a new way. Maybe it's because I grewup near Waukegan, the real life town. Maybe it's because as I was growing up I knew to stop and look at things and freeze them in my memory. And that is what Ray Bradbury has done in Dandelion Wine. The moments of his summer are frozen in a magical, poetic and engaging way. Each story presents a scene --a moment that will be remembered forever for one reason or another. And there is plenty to take from this book. Again each scene touches the heart and gently places something there. I cannot recommend this book to enough people. If you read it in school (perhaps forced upon you as most people in my high school came in contact with Dandelion Wine), return to it later after you have lost the innocence and need a bittersweet reminder of what is really important. Just read the book with patience-- not expecting a thrilling plot, but expecting to be submerged into a world where you have just turned 12 or so... and watch that summer be recreated in your memory.
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am 21. März 1998
There are few books that I reread. However this is one. I patiently wait for the coming of Summer and like a child on Christmas I open my gift. How I would love to be with Douglas Spaulding and have one more golden endless Summer. This is more than a mere book it's a way of life. That the smallest things around us should be "RELISHED". There are many scenes that remind me of my own childhood. And it is not true that "Youth is wasted on the young". Sometimes children see and do more in a Summer than most adults do in a life time. This is now the month of March and it's not quite time yet. I almost mark off the days of the calendar waiting. I would love to hear from other fans of "Dandelion Wine". This is a book full of magic and I would highly recommend it to anyone young or old. You never think that Summer will end but before you know it, it's gone. This is the next closest thing. Take it out side and sit in the grass and think about nothing but Summer and maybe just maybe you can be there for awhile.
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am 8. März 2000
Ray Bradbury is one of the world's finest short story writers, ranking with E.A. Poe and Franz Kafka. However, his attempts at novels, many times, wind up as nothing more than a series of loosely connected short stories (for example, "The Martian Chronicles" and "The Illustrated Man," which were both made up of already-printed short stories and purported to be novels) that leave the reader wanting.
"Dandelion Wine" follows that same structure, although it isn't as loosely put together as "The Martian Chronicles." Individually, the stories of "Dandelion Wine" are Bradbury at his best--magical, mythical, poetic, and damn entertaining. But as a complete novel, it loses its power and fails to capture the reader's attention from start to finish. This disjointed structure reads more like an anthology than novel.
There seems to be no engine driving this novel. However, Bradbury's powerful writing ability is capable of taking the reader on a wonderful diversion.
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