In 2006 Bradbury was finally able to complete the Illinois novel that had eluded him for sixty years. Many chapters had been removed and bridged into Dandelion Wine (1957), but the shell remained as an unfinished exploration of the differences between young and old in the context of a Midwestern town. As Farewell Summer, the completed novel probed the boundaries between life and death as seen through the eyes of youth and old age, but it remained an uneven work. Chapter 40 continues with an account of the Space Program mementos and awards that were accumulating throughout Bradbury’s home, contributing to the way that other gifts, books, and projects had turned his home into an outward representation of his own subjective realities and loves.
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