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full title ·  Dandelion Wine

author · Ray Bradbury

type of work · Novel

genre · Science fiction/fantasy/autobiographical narrative

language · English

time and place written · Written over a twelve-year period from 1944 to 1956

date of first publication · Parts were published as short stories as early as 1951 but the entire novel was first published in 1957.

publisher · Doubleday

narrator · Omniscient narrator

climax · Douglas's sickness is the climax of the novel.

protagonist · Douglas Spaulding

antagonist · The Lonely One, not as the man whom Lavinia Nebbs kills, but as the force who represents evil and death.

setting (time) · Summer of 1928

setting (place) · Green Town, Illinois (the name Bradbury gives to Waukegan, his hometown)

point of view · Mostly presented from Douglas's point of view, although several chapters are presented from the point of view of one of the other characters.

falling action · Douglas passes on the gift—the magic of life—that Mr. Jonas gave him to Grandma Spaulding.

tense · Immediate past

tone · The tone is one of playful and blissful reminiscence.

themes · Life; happiness; change

motifs · Memory; magic

symbols · Dandelions; machines

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Dandelion Wine Review

by mayad8, July 14, 2013

Ray has completed an inspiration with this book and we will be writing a feature about him and his book Dandelion Wine . Enjoy

Exquisite Read!

by landofseas, August 02, 2014

I was given a choice of novels to read; I am more than happy I chose Dandelion Wine. This novel is absolutely decadent and beautiful. I adore Bradbury's rich diction. The morals and lessons each character offers, I believe, is inspirational. I recommend this book to anyone.

Read Backwards

by OliviaLockwood281849, September 21, 2014

I've heard that this book was written in such a way that when your read it backwards, it's a whole new story! I haven't tried yet, I have to get through reading it the first way!

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