A couple yrs. ago I finally read Ray Bradbury’s FAHRENHEIT 451 & THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. In h.s. & college I wasn’t required to read them. In library one day I couldn’t find anything that interested me. I hadn’t read FAHRENHEIT 451 so brought it home.
Wow! Bradbury is unique. He is unlike anybody else. He presents material in fresh ways.
After reading it & MARTIAN CHRONICLES I wanted to read DANDELION WINE. Library doesn’t own the book so I requested it via Inter-Library Loan.
Now it’s winter in Vermont. While snow falls & plow trucks deposit it in my driveway I’m reading DANDELION WINE.
The maligned dandelion is easily identified by everybody. The ubiquitous flower/weed is a sparkling wine in Bradbury’s novel about 12 y.o. Douglas Spaulding in 1928 Green Town, Illinois. Bradbury wrote about Green Town before Earth Day was introduced.
Bradbury’s writing is poetic & his characters interesting. Some of them in DANDELION WINE are Mrs. Bentley, Helen Loomis, Elmira Brown, Bill Forrester, & Col. Freeleigh.
Summers now I harvest a few dandelion leaves as well as lettuce & spinach for salads. They are the essence of summer.
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