August Meetup (Silver Spring) - Dandelion Wine

Our book for August 2012 (in Silver Spring) is Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

The season is summer.  The place is Green Town, Illinois.  The year is 1928.  The boy is Douglas Spaulding, age 12, experiencing the summer's first walk in the grass barefoot, first glass of lemonade on the porch, first day in a pair of new sneakers. The people parading through his life that summer belong to a dreamlike America of the past that may never have existed objectively, but has definitely been perceived and remembered when looking back with nostalgia.  This is the story of the summer young Douglas first realizes he is alive, really alive, and will someday die.  It is a summer of wonders, when the magic of childhood begins to be seen through the eyes of a child growing up.

Dandelion Wine is an unforgettable, magical, and moving evocation of an American boy reaching toward his boundless, uncertain future with arms wide open.

Dandelion Wine

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  • bonnie n.

    One chapter in "Dandelion Wine" does NOT belong. Ask me which one it is!

    August 17, 2012

    • bonnie n.

      I understand it could have a function if we tie it in, retrospectively. The second chapter that struck me as odd, in the context of the sweetly nostalgic and sweeping elegiac tone of the book, was the one about the Ladies' Club fracas.

      August 19, 2012

    • Donna

      Bonnie, it's interesting that the two chapters you mentioned are two of my favorites in the book. I can understand how their tone, especially the chapter about the Lonely One, is different than the rest of the book, though. I kind of look at it as Bradbury showing us all the different shades of life.

      September 7, 2012

  • bonnie n.

    This is a seminal book, and I wouldn't have ever known about it or been able to savor its abiding pleasures without this group, its fine leader, and the sometimes inspired selections the group is known for. So once again I'm grateful for the opportunity to gather for comments and sharing of thoughts. A great choice for the waning, halcyon days of summer.

    August 17, 2012

  • bonnie n.

    I'll be coming to the August discussion of Dandelion wine, so here's my two pence: I live in Silver Spring. However, I sorely miss the Hyattsville meetups that Mark hosted (and that I did attend, quite willingly) because his selections were outstanding. So sometimes the location can be secondary to the discussion topic!

    July 17, 2012

  • Donna

    I'm interested in talking about this, but I hadn't planned to come this Thursday. :/ (I will obviously be coming to August's meetup.)

    July 16, 2012

  • Mark

    Let's talk about this some more on Thursday. If there were to be a "spin off" group that meets in Hyattsville or College Park, would there by someone in the group that would want to host it? (Perhaps there should be a poll?)

    July 16, 2012

  • Donna

    Yeah, I had been meaning to ask Mark if he's officially quit doing the Hyattsville meetups?

    July 16, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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