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Dandelion Wine

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Better than Expected

When I started reading Dandelion Wine, I didn't really like it. In fact, I started to regret choosing it, and I wasn't sure if I would be able to get through the rest of the book. The style of writing wasn't what I normally read, and I felt like a lot of the des...
When I started reading Dandelion Wine, I didn't really like it. In fact, I started to regret choosing it, and I wasn't sure if I would be able to get through the rest of the book. The style of writing wasn't what I normally read, and I felt like a lot of the descriptions and scenes just dragged on too slowly. I also didn't care about the characters, and this made the stories less intriguing. I was irritated that many of the stories didn't seem to connect with each other. However, once I got further into the book, I enjoyed the stories to a greater extent. Once I read more, I could get more involved with the characters and feel their emotions, whether it was happiness, grief, or anger. I got used to Bradbury's descriptive style, and the action of the stories made reading the book more enjoyable. The more I read, the more I saw that the stories were weaved together, so that even if one story was unrelated to another, they all contributed to the overall theme of the book. Bradbury's stories were thoroughly original, and the characters were all unique and memorable. It was fun to read about happiness machines, time machines, and childhood games. I liked that Bradbury's stories always seemed to have a 'moral' included. His overall message seemed to be that we should enjoy our lives, our families, and the time that we have to be happy. By the time I reached the end of the book, my initial take on Dandelion Wine was completely turned around. I would definitely read this book again, and I would recommend it for others to read as well

posted by Anonymous on April 14, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Do NOT buy this VERSION!!

Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite books and I read it every summer. I bought this one for my husband to listen to traveling to work. This is a dramatization; an old radio show type format; it is not "unabridged" (only 90 minutes) as stated in the summary, nor is it...
Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite books and I read it every summer. I bought this one for my husband to listen to traveling to work. This is a dramatization; an old radio show type format; it is not "unabridged" (only 90 minutes) as stated in the summary, nor is it the original text/book. Very disappointing; the write up is obviously not correct. I have just purchased another one from here - big difference 7 CD's, 8 hours. This makes more sense!! Again, LOVE the story, but this is an entirely different format than stated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2008

    Okay book

    This book had many ups and downs for me. The book was very detailed, but at times confusing. This is about a young boy who wants to have an adventourous summer. Ray Bradbury held my intrst in the book by the discriptive sentences he wrote. EX: The bleak mansions across town ravne opened baleful dragon eyes. One of my favorite scence is when a couple of ladies are gossiping about the town killer the lonley one. I like this part becuase it reminds me of little old ladies gossping. I would recomend this book to my friends because I think they would like the discrpitive stenences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    A reviewer

    I enjoyed reading the novel, Dandelion Wine. The book was very descriptive and I like imagining what it'd be like to be in the main character's shoes. The descriptions in the book made it very easy for me to picture what is going in my head. This was a positive experience for me because it wasn't that bad of a book. My favorite scene in the book was when Douglas(main character) went to the shoe store and convinced Mr.Sanderson(owner of the store) to give him the shoes. He used bribes and tried as hard as he could to get Mr.Sanderson to at least make a deal with him so he could get those shoes. This really showed that he really wanted those sneakers. Finally, Mr.Sanderson told him that if he helped with stuff around the shop then he could have the sneakers. If I could change this novel I would make the tennis sneakers just regular sneakers. This could help the book because there is probably a lot of readers in the world who don't like tennis and might dislike the book if they saw that the sneakers were tennis sneakers. After reading this novel, I've learned that if I ever needed sneakers then I could just make a deal with someone if I don't have enough money for them. For example, I could ask to help someone out with something and maybe i could help around a shop for someone like Douglas did for Mr.Sanderson in the book. If no one needs help with anything I would just raise my own money instead of begging my parents like Douglas did and get the shoes myself. This would probably catch my parents' eye and they'd b more willing to get stuff for me when I need something in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    Barnstable Academy Student

    I think this book is pretty good, but not a standing ovation. To me, it is a pretty mediocre book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2002

    wild imagination

    i read this book for my 9th grade honors class and honestly, it wasn't really my type of book. however, bradbury uses so much imagination and dandelion wine is so unlike other books that i consider this book to be okay. he uses a lot of symbolism which is hard to understand for a teen without the guidance of a teacher or tutor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    Whats the point?

    Yes, the words were put down in a way that probably no one but Bradbury can do, I commend him for that. Yes, it had metaphorical value and complex symbolism, but that doesn't make a good story. The book didnt really draw you in, and honestly it had no point to it, just a lot of 10 page mini stories. When I finish a good book i say to myself, "Oh man, its over already? I wish it had gone on another 200 pages." When I finished this book, I thought to myself, "Finally."

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