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Lincoln's Dreams Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 1992


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books; Reissue edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553270257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553270259
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sep 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lincoln's Dreams was the first book I read by Connie Willis, and the best by far. It is the story of a young Civil War historian who is pulled into the dream world of a disturbed young woman. The tragic story of the Civil War is deftly entertwined with the tragic story of that young woman

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Dec 1998
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Definately Connie Willis, but very early in the career. Thought provoking, interesting study of Civil War battles and dreams and the job of the research assistant. Unfortunately, the ending was weak. I felt that the book should have ended several chapters before it did. Willis seems to have commited a common mistake by trying too hard to tie up all the loose ends, and the story suffers because of it. Still, a very interesting and thought provoking novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. P. Whittaker on 30 Mar 2007
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I found this novel immensely moving. Should it be called, 'Lincoln's Dreams' or 'Robert E. Lee's dreams'? The title is puzzlingly at odds with the plot, but I loved the way the modern setting, and the frantic chase through America the main characters were involved in, melded with the Civil War passages. For a British reader for whom the details of the American Civil War are hazy at best, this was hugely enlightening, giving a sense of what the Civil War means to modern Americans, particularly Southerners.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 July 1999
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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.
Connie Willis is a brilliant writer. All her books are worth the time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb 1999
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In Lincoln's Dreams Willis draws us to question the nature of time, place, and the interconnectedness of all living things. By the end I had alternately accepted and rejected the reincarnation theme several times. Reincarnation alone doesn't account for the interplay between the hero and heroine--they are definitely more than manifistations of a dead horse and master. Willis implies that souls are constantly traveling through time together and replaying a type of predestination that they can never escape until what? Is a resolution even possible for these characters? Or are their love and loyalty the only reality? The possibilities for exploring the existence of the soul and its nature that Willis opens the mental door to provide the same sort of nagging haunting that James' Turn of the Screw offers whenever you take the view that the narrator IS reliable and therefore the book really becomes an effective horror story. So much for free will and choice.
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Lincoln's Dream's is the story of a young woman who has peculiar dreams that turn out to be views of events before and during the Civil War. The connections are revealed to her by a literary assistant to a famous novelist who writes about the Civil War. The dreams apparently are related to the experiences of Robert E. Lee, and in many instances demonstrate the personal and professional agony that Lee suffered during the war.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct 1997
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Far too many writers of fantasy/science-fiction use gadgets or magic to dazzle the reader into ignoring their poor development of character. Not this book. Characters are as well-drawn as the better "mainstream" novels. The reader willingly accepts the wonderfully preposterous "what if" that creates the predicament. I cried at the end. Wonderfully written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec 1997
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A really good book, one of those where you really merge and identify with the characters. The plot is very gentle and slow, which only serves to underline the emotional depth, and the suspense somehow builds up out of nothing. The richness of historic detail only adds, and does not obscure.
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