Green Town series
The green town is a book series created by a world-famous American writer Ray Bradbury. The first novel, Dandelion Wine brings us back into 1928. Some details drop a hint to the reader that the book is semi-autobiographical. The action takes place in the fictional Green Town. Back in the days of his childhood, the writer used to call his home «Illinois» - a name which later left a mark on the pages of his novel.
Why does the book have such a title? In the story it has a very symbolic meaning. When making dandelion wine, protagonist grandfather imagines that he corks the bottle filled with the joys of summer to warm him up in cold winter evenings.
Douglas Spaulding, the main character of the novel, definitely takes after the author himself in childhood. If you expect the plot to have a lot of twists and turns, this book will not meet your expectations. The novel is focused on usual routines but it does give the reader fascination to discover something uplifting in the most usual things, such as gathering wild berries in the forest…
The second book, Something Wicked This Way Comes, takes place not long before Halloween. Bad omens forebode that something sinister will happen…A calliope's siren song induces people with a possibility to be young again. At this baleful time Shadow Show invades Green town, the slightest touch grunts everybody with an immediate destruction. Two teenage boys are eager to solve all the mysteries with their prying eyes. No one knows the high price of desires better than they do, because it is easy to get lost in countless mazes and mirrors, when seductive smoke fills the air.
When autumn is nowhere near to come, civil war breaks out in the Green Town, Illinois. The young turn on the elderly, wishing to take the clock that ticks their lives under control. With the first bullet, the old man is killed and the war is inevitable. Town elder and despot seeks revenge so orders to find and capture the murderer - a teenager Douglas Spaulding and his friends. However, these inexperienced rivals should not be underestimated – they are willing to overcome cunning of the elderly with diabolic enthusiasm. Who is defeated? Time does win eventually, giving invaluable experience to both sides. And how much is yet waiting for Doug Spaulding on his life path!
Green Town, Illinois is the heart of this imaginative country. Summer Morning, Summer Night consists of twenty-seven engaging stories which form a marvelous collection. They give the clue to some mysteries unsolved in previous books, complementing the story. After reading these novels, who will dare to argue that Bradbury is a master of his craft?