Farewell Summer

Farewell Summer

Ray Bradbury / May 31, 2020

Farewell Summer In a summer that refuses to end in the deceiving warmth of earliest Octoer civil war has come to Green Town Illinois It is the age old conflict the young against the elderly for control of the clo

  • Title: Farewell Summer
  • Author: Ray Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9780739481349
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a summer that refuses to end, in the deceiving warmth of earliest Octoer, 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 schoolIn a summer that refuses to end, in the deceiving warmth of earliest Octoer, 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 Spaudling, and his downy checked 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 conflicts 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

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      • Ray Bradbury

        American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938 Although his formal education ended there, he became a student of life, selling newspapers on L.A street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter He became a full time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947 His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unintended consequences Next came The Illustrated Man and then, in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury s masterpiece, a scathing indictment of censorship set in a future world where the written word is forbidden In an attempt to salvage their history and culture, a group of rebels memorize entire works of literature and philosophy as their books are burned by the totalitarian state Other works include The October Country, Dandelion Wine, A Medicine for Melancholy, Something Wicked This Way Comes, I Sing the Body Electric , Quicker Than the Eye, and Driving Blind In all, Bradbury has published than thirty books, close to 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays His short stories have appeared in than 1,000 school curriculum recommended reading anthologies Ray Bradbury s work has been included in four Best American Short Story collections He has been awarded the O Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others In November 2000, the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters was conferred upon Mr Bradbury at the 2000 National Book Awards Ceremony in New York City Ray Bradbury has never confined his vision to the purely literary He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright , and has won an Emmy Award for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree He adapted sixty five of his stories for television s Ray Bradbury Theater He was the creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World s Fair In 1982 he created the interior metaphors for the Spaceship Earth display at Epcot Center, Disney World, and later contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro Disney, France Married since 1947, Mr Bradbury and his wife Maggie lived in Los Angeles with their numerous cats Together, they raised four daughters and had eight grandchildren Sadly, Maggie passed away in November of 2003 On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you ll come along.


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    1. Ray Bradbury is to American literature as Credence Clearwater Revival is to classic rock, a producer of compact, meaningful, entertaining genre ambiguous work that speaks with a masterful voice. Farewell Summer is the sequel to Dandelion Wine, published 50 years after the first work. In an afterward, Bradbury stated that the bulk of what would become Farewell Summer was created at the same time as the classic Dandelion Wine but the publishers thought the original work too long and convinced the [...]


    2. This is a sequel to Dandelion Wine. In an afterword, Bradbury says that originally Dandelion Wine was longer but the material that went beyond the end of the book as printed was cut in response to his editor. He carried on working on the novelr fifty years! Is it worth the wait? Oh yess it most definitely is. Tree-men-dous. (Not bush-woman-doesn't.) THIS REVIEW HAS BEEN CURTAILED IN PROTEST AT ' CENSORSHIP POLICYSee the complete review here:arbieroooklikes/post/33


    3. WOW! Real emotion! I cannot remember the last time that an author caused me to close a book and take a moment to sob like what happened with this book today. Perhaps I read too much and have become jaded, but thankfully Mr. Bradbury broke through for me! I have waited for this book for most of my life as it is a sequel to "Dandelion Wine" which is one of my favorites. This book is powerful in its beauty and emotion and the thought it provoked in me. Parents, there are some adult themes here, ple [...]


    4. A wonderful, long awaited "sequel" to DANDELION WINE. FAREWELL SUMMER offers a poignant message about youth and aging, with a few frights thrown in for good measure. I have also listened to the audio version of this book, and it is magnificent!


    5. Dandelion Wine. What a book to get drunk on. What a book to fill your brain, unrelentingly, with beauty on every single page. What we have here isn't so much a sequel as a sip. Not a ton of plot, not too many characters. Maybe it's not Dandelion Wine, but it's also not as long. It's Ray Bradbury, and his writing is, to put it simply, perfect. Douglas Spaulding, the wide-eyed hero of Dandelion Wine, is back. And he's still wondering. Why can't summer last forever? Why can't he cling to it forever [...]


    6. Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite books. Ever. So I was pretty reluctant to read this, its sequel. Why? Um, because Dandelion Wine is a great stand-alone novel. And because fifty years is a really long time to wait to publish a follow-up.But damn it, I loved it. Farewell Summer is different than Dandelion Wine to be sure, but in a good way. I'm almost reluctant to label it a sequel because it seems less like a continuation and more like an afterthought, a companion, featuring the same charact [...]


    7. This is one of the many books on my list to read that I know I will never reach so I'm supplementing some on audio.This is a mock dreamlike fantasy tale of kids versus very old men in a small American town. The boys don't want to age and therefore lose their youth and the old men want to keep experiencing emotions through the faculties of the young.Poignant with poetic descriptions yet some might argue not a lot is happening and the final resolution ends at a low.Robert Fass does a good job with [...]


    8. The afterword for the book is by Ray Bradbury himself and I was surprised to learn that this was originally half of what became Dandelion Wine. Together they made up a longer book but his publisher at the time wished to split it into something shorter so it was edited and published as Dandelion Wine. Fifty Five years later in 2006 the second half was published and I'm happy to say it's just as good as the first.The book follows the same teenage boy as before, Doug Spaulding, a year later during [...]


    9. Is it as good as Dandelion Wine? Well be honest, no. But still, it's a fine read for any Bradbury fan and someone looking to catch a bit more of Green Town, IL. Where Dandelion Wine captured the joys of innocent childhood and a town full of unique and charming characters (bottled like a nice wine), Farewell Summer is more about a boy's passage (like a change in seasons) from childhood into adolescence. Douglas learns about old people. He learns about how his actions can effect other people. And [...]


    10. The secret of life explained (or perhaps not really explained) by Ray Bradbury. It's an odd book, even for Bradbury, but gorgeously written, of course, so I'll not complain. It's a coming of age story for Doug from Dandelion Wine, and while it is the sequel to that book, I think it would be easy enough to follow without having read it first. It's definitely more connected than Dandelion Wine, and still mostly keeps the same feel, though instead of the endless summer of the first book, this is mo [...]


    11. This as an extremely quick read. Didn't think I'd finish it with-in a few hours. I didn't care for Dandelion Wine and I really didn't care for this book either. Too much of the authors nostalgia and not enough of his own voice. Felt like I was watching Goonies again (and didn't care for that movie either). Maybe if you like the Goonies, you'd like this book.



    12. "There are those days which seem a taking in of breath which, held, suspends the whole earth in its waiting. Some summers refuse to end."When I saw that Ray Bradbury had a new novel out, I could barely wait to get it from the library. Here it was at last, the sequel to One of my all time favorite novels, Dandelion Wine. And for me, it came at a time when I was thinking about Bradbury anyway. Ten years ago this June my college roommate and I flew off to the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. She h [...]


    13. I really think his editor was trying to do him a favor by suggesting he not publish thishe should have listened. Ugh, everyone on the planet should have babies, blah blah immortality, blah blah, conversation with penis. Seriously. That's in here.



    14. If you were to read this book on the face of it, only on the narrative and the language, you would have a beautifully written book where not much happens. There is a rivalry between Doug and Mr. Quartermain that is on the surface very childish.However, the real work of this book is done with its theme. I've seen some reviews of this book that were disappointed it wasn't more in the style of Dandelion Wine. I think it is a mistake to think of Farewell Summer as a direct sequel to Dandelion Wine. [...]


    15. This work is a sequel to Bradbury's Dandelion Wine, but it can stand very much on its own as I enjoyed this novel without reading that earlier work. At first, I wasn't so interested in the book's subject matter, largely a mock war between the young (Doug, Tom, and his cohorts) and the old of the town (Calvin C. Quartermain). Cute, but not my reading forte. But as I continued, I warmed up to the book. I realized that Bradbury is interested in ideas about aging, mortality, coming of age (Doug) and [...]


    16. sarebbero 3,5*. Molto carino questo libricino, questa favola veloce sul crescere, invecchiare e, in definitiva, vivere. L'antico scontro "vecchi vs giovani" qui assume i caratteri di una vera e propria guerra, che poi si tramuta in una guerra contro il Tempo, che poi si tramuta in una pace scanzonata. Douglas è un bel protagonista, in contrapposizione a Quartermain che è meno "vecchio"di quel che sembra.Consigliato!


    17. I loved Dandelion Wine for it's sweet nostalgia. His descriptions are poetic and make you long for your childhood. Was so glad Bradbury released Farewell Summer (2006) as a sequal 49 years after the release of Dandelion Wine (1957). Simple and beautiful.


    18. Not as good as the Dandelion Wine, but still, a very beautiful and emotional book, perfect for a summer evening. Shorter and darker than DW, it will bring you back to the era it described even if you never were there.


    19. An interesting, sentimental addenda to the classic Dandelion Wine. Full of the poetic writing that makes DW such a great book, this is a slight but fitting end to the Green Town trilogy.


    20. This is Bradbury's followup to Dandelion Wine which I read several years ago and enjoyed a lot. This was a really quick read that I was able to finish in one sitting and it too was an enjoyable romp into Bradbury's insights into age, time, life, and death. The title "Farewell Summer", seems to be a metaphor for the approaching end of life and moving into middle and old age. The story revolves around 13-year old, Douglas Spaulding who with his friends are seeking ways youth can be preserved. To d [...]


    21. Dandelion Wine is one of the books I hold closest to my heart, so needless to say I eagerly opened the pages of this book. I loved revisiting Green Town, the world Bradbury creates with his homespun wisdom and fancies. His attention to detail about small town life, growing up, and self realization at times are breathtaking. Although, I would say this book isn't as good as Dandelion Wine, it feels more like an extension of it, so it's difficult to rate it based on just the story in its pages. All [...]


    22. Ugh, that hasn't happened in a while but this one just would not work. I loved Dandelion Wine (and keep recommending it to people), but Farewell Summer feels just terribly clunky. And really, this is a 14 year old? It feels like such a much younger child


    23. "Laikrodis! Tai jis darko ir griauna gyvenimus, verčia žmones iš lovos, veja juos į mokyklas ir į kapus!"


    24. Ray Bradbury. Dreams, fantasies, thoughts, life too hard to bear, poetry, prose knit from dreams. Read some Bradbury.



    25. When I finished high school, Ray Bradbury was easily my favorite author. I had read Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, and The Martian Chronicles, at least--and I still consider the first of those (which I reread recently) one of the most important books of the century, and have specific memories of some of the stories in the last (which I have not read since). Then in college I discovered C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, and in the years which followed my wife introduced m [...]


    26. This bookThe whole concept behind it is interesting, if not a bit overdone--youth vs. age, and whatnot. I think a problem most authors have when writing about kids between the ages of 10-18 is that they either overestimate or underestimate them. Take Rick Riordan, for example. I LOVE the Percy Jackson series, really, but can you honestly imagine an eleven-year-old being able to slice open a Fury like that? Percy's always been a bit mature for his age.Bradbury has the opposite problem. Doug and t [...]


    27. As a sequel to "Dandelion Wine" this was a bit of a disappointment. For a sequel, I suppose, you expect 'more of the same', and this was nothing like "Dandelion Wine" by a long shot. So, it took me a while to get over this and take the book for what it is. It wasn't much help that Bradbury's language seems to have become even more cryptic, if possible.The book has a brittle feel to it - everything is sparse, concise, dry, nothing of the lush, juicy fullness of "Dandelion Wine" - and after a whil [...]


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