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Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Willis did an outstanding job of researching the Civil War. Her story is rich in texture and detail. But the most extraordinary thing about this book is the incredible tension she builds with the progression of the story. This quiet little story generated the kind of menacing anxiety usually reserved for spy thrillers!
I have read everything Connie Willis has written, and greatly enjoyed most of it, but Lincoln's Dreams remains my favorite of her books.
Not much actually happens over the course of the story, other than the revelation that the dreams involve decisive battles, such as Chancelorsville and Getttysburg, or relate to members of Lee's family. The relationship of the dreams to the psychological disturbances of the protagonist is difficult to say. There is a mix of Freudian interpretation with concepts such as dreams as prodromal warnings (essentially dream magic). Since no one knows what dreams really mean, it would have been better to create some fantasy explanation, such as brain delta waves reflected into the future by some resonance amplification.
Overall, the book is well-written, but lacks direction. It just seems to fizzle out at the end. I don't think this book compares favorably with other Willis novels.
It has its tragic elements, so don't look for a cheery romp such as Ms Willis provides in 'To Say Nothing of the Dog'; but for an intense, gripping tale full of pathos and anguish, yet which is still life-affirming, this is hard to beat.
author's earliest books. It's also probably one of her shortest.
The idea of a woman dreaming of the American Civil War, and a young researcher
trying to interpret the dreams, was an appealing one.
Compared to her later classic TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG, the writing of DREAMS seems
almost amateurish, the characters are frustratingly dreamlike themselves, and the ending
seemed a bit confusing, a symptom perhaps of mixing the narrative so closely between the Civil War
and that of present day.
With this interesting premise of panning back to that great War, a glorious chance was missed, I feel;
so much could have been done with it, but the actual scenes that are dreamt out are mostly
inconsequential bits and pieces, or a made up story that was being written by the author in the story.
Fellow reviewers here saying it's the best book ever leaves me confused - there's obviously another book
somewhere with the same title!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always with Connie Willis the background research is fascinating. But that was all this story had and what kept me reading. It was confusing and didn't really go anywhere.Published on 7 July 2010 by Chris
Get a few things out in the open - this isn't "typical" science fiction (no robots, guys), it certainly isn't a war story (no big bangs, guys) but what it is is an intense little... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2006 by Mike
I thought this might be a good follow-up to Bring The Jubilee by Ward Moore as both are indirectly about the American Civil War. Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2002 by R. J. Hole
I read the book when it first came out. It haunted me for years. I hunted it up and read it again. I just finished my third reading. It has the power to change you. Read morePublished on 24 July 1999
I was sorely dissapointed in this book after reading _To Say Nothing of the Dog_ I had to check and make sure it was the same lady who wrote that wonderful book. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 1998
OK, so the title sounds really blonde, but I think that this is one of the best books I've ever read. I had an entirely different view of the Confederacy after I read the book. Read morePublished on 25 May 1998
I borrowed this book from a friend after having read Doomsday Book, and now I HAVE to buy it. Immediately after finishing it, I picked it up again. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 1998