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Farewell Summerby Ray Bradbury
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"A thin work, heavily reliant on dialogue, but one that serves as an intriguing coda to one of Bradbury's classics." Kirkus Reviews
"[Bradbury's] prose remains masterfully precision-tuned. A touching meditation on memories, aging, and the endless cycle of birth and death, and a fitting capstone, perhaps, to a brilliant career." Booklist
"Only Bradbury's still-elegant and evocative writing salvages the book. Farewell Summer was worth waiting for because we get to revisit Green Town, hang out with Douglas and get a glimpse of life as Bradbury saw it in 1928." San Antonio Express-News
"A follow-up to Bradbury's 1957 novel, Dandelion Wine, this Tom Sawyer-meets-Peter Pan novella is creepier than the first book but retains the elegiac tone and lovely descriptions of 1920s boyhood." Library Journal
"Farewell Summer is filled with beautiful imagery....Bradbury is at his best when fantasizing what goes on inside the brains of young boys and old men. And like many of Bradbury's recent stories, it's a gossamer-thin book that's rich in detail but slight on plot." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Summer draws poignancy from the half century dividing it from Wine, but feels like an afterthought. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly
"The master of American fiction returns to the territory of his beloved classic, Dandelion Wine — a sequel 50 years in the making." St. Louis Dispatch.
In the deceiving warmth of earliest October, civil war has come to Green Town, Illinois, an age-old conflict pitting the young against the elderly for control of the clock that ticks their lives ever forward. The graying forces of school board despot Mr. Calvin C. Quartermain have declared total war on thirteen-year-old Douglas Spaulding and his downy-cheeked cohorts. The boys, in turn, 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, as life waits in ambush to assail young Spaulding with its powerful mysteries—the irresistible ascent of manhood, the sweet surrender of a first kiss . . .
About the Author
Ray Bradbury is the author of more than three dozen books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He has written for the theater and cinema, including the screenplay for John Huston's classic adaptation of Moby Dick. He was nominated for an Academy Award, won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree, and adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater. He lives in Los Angeles.
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