Farewell Summer

Farewell Summer

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In a summer that refuses to end, in the deceiving warmth of earliest October, civil war has come to Green Town, Illinois. It is the age-old conflict: the young against the elderly, for control of the clock that ticks their lives ever forward. The first cap-pistol shot heard 'round the town is dead accurate, felling an old man in his tracks, compelling town elder and school board despot Mr. Calvin C. Quartermain to marshal his graying forces and declare total war on the assassin, thirteen-year-old Douglas Spaulding, and his downy-cheeked cohorts. Doug and his cronies, however, are most worthy adversaries who should not be underestimated, as they plan and execute daring campaigns--matching old Quartermain's experience and cunning with their youthful enthusiasm and devil-may-care determination to hold on forever to childhood's summer. Yet time must ultimately be the victor, with valuable revelations for those on both sides of the conflict. And life waits in ambush to assail Doug Spaulding with its powerful mysteries--the irresistible ascent of manhood, the sweet surrender to a first kiss . . .

One of the most acclaimed and beloved of American storytellers, Ray Bradbury has come home, revisiting the verdant landscape of one of his most adored works, Dandelion Wine. More than fifty years in the making, the long-awaited sequel, Farewell Summer, is a treasure--beautiful, poignant, wistful, hilarious, sad, evocative, profound, and unforgettable . . . and proof positive that the flame of wonder still burns brightly within the irrepressible imagination of the incomparable Bradbury.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061131547
0061131547
Branch Call Number: BRADB
Characteristics: 211 p.

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Oct 08, 2014

If you haven't read Dandelion Wine, stop what you are doing and go get a copy. Dandelion Wine is a beautiful full bodied, well-aged reminiscences of the life as a young boy in the late 1920’s in small town America (but no matter who you are, you should enjoy it). Now, after you’ve read Dandelion Wine, Farewell Summer is a little less magical but still a beautiful look at the desire to hold on to youth. Ray Bradbury is true to form, quietly wise and deeply poetic and always with a touch of magic. While the story does not take the side steps to visit other characters like the first novel, it is an engaging journey none-the-less. If you are fan of the original, you should not miss this chance to visit the old haunts again which will leave with a less bittersweet flavor in the end.

graphiste Jan 10, 2010

Not as magical as the original story Dandelion Wine, but a satisfying sequel nonetheless from an older, wiser author.

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