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 novel...for fifty years! Is it worth the wait? Oh yes...yes it most definitely is. Tree-men-dous. (Not bush-woman-doesn't.)
Now, don't be reading on if you've never read Dandelion Wine and plan to.
It's October and Summer has not quite gone away. It's unseasonably hot and dry and Doug Spaulding is struggling with what he learned back in August - that he is going to die. So he declares war - war on time, war on old folks, war on Death. The old folks of Greentown, Illinois, 1928 fight back. Who wins? You're gonna hafta read it to find out.
The end of the book steals from a pre-existing story of Bradbury's, (in The Toynbee Convector) but makes a different use of it - one that fits this book excellently and says Farewell Summer in a poignant fashion as Doug makes yet another surprising discovery about himself.
This novel is more of
a novel than Dandelion Wine, having a straightforward linear plot traversing the whole book and the contrast is startling when the two are read back to back. Which is better? Pointless question. Together they make something that is greater than either of them seperately. Delightful writing by a master.