Dandelion Wine

Ray Bradbury
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Dandelion Wine


Ray Bradbury is known for his science fiction - Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. Because of this, I imagine, Dandelion Wine is listed as science fiction. It isn't science fiction - though there is one little story about a man trying to invent a Happiness Machine - It's a nostalgia piece, a reminiscence of being a boy in an Illinois town in the summer of 1928 - Americana.

The structure of Dandelion Wine put me in mind, a little bit, of John Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven - a series of interrelated vignettes in a small community. Bradbury's warm easy prose also puts me in mind of Steinbeck.

Dandelion Wine is a pleasant, comfortable book to read.