The work of Bradbury is multifaceted. The protagonist Douglas keeps a diary of the summer of 1928, which he spends in the environment of his friends, relatives and residents of the town of Greentown – a small, green and quiet place. The narrative is conducted on behalf of an adult who tries through childhood memories to regulate his views on age, life, death, attachment and even such unusual things as witchcraft.
Fantastic motifs are constantly found in the story. For example, Tom constantly makes imaginary trips to a mysterious country, covered with fogs and full of mysteries. A boy friend, Leo, is a “machine of happiness” who must turn the future of mankind. But in parallel he tries to be an exemplary husband and does not anger his wife Lin, who has an extremely realistic view of the world.
One day, the children of the whole company go to the fortune-teller’s house, for whom the mysterious Mr. Gloom is watching. They discover that the wizard is now replacing the machine that offers tickets with predictions in exchange for a penny. The guys have to check the serviceability of the magic unit and even give him a second life. In place of the fortune-telling machine comes a time machine that materializes in the minds of the boys from the stories of the old colonel. Such simple childish joys and make the outline of the story “Wine from dandelions.”
Ray Bradbury created a truly magical world. And it does not matter that in the second plan of the narrative, the inevitable deaths of elderly members of the family invade children’s lives. After all, it is magic and purity of the soul that will help them overcome the first grief. The lack of a linear storyline and the whimsical ligature of the events gave the charm of the fantastic story “Dandelion Wine”. The summary can not fully convey the atmosphere of the work, but will prepare for reading and help highlight the main thing.