Picks and Pans Review: Farewell Summer

UPDATED 11/13/2006 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/13/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

By Ray Bradbury
REVIEWED BY PORTER SHREVE
NOVEL

Bradbury delivered his classic Dandelion Wine as a young writer in 1957. Now at 86 he has finally completed his portrait of late '20s Green Town, Ill., in a meditation on youth and old age. As summer dies, Doug Spaulding, 12, declares war on the old, blaming elders for denying him and his friends their freedom. Doug and his troop destroy the courthouse clock "that jerked people out of bed, hounded them to schools and graves." But time speeds brutally by and they learn a hard lesson. A slender companion to Dandelion Wine, Farewell Summer is nevertheless a lyrical ode to life and mortality.

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