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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312855729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312855727
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 744,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once again De Lint, delivers on style and content love the book .
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2000
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as ever charles de lint has created a masterpiece, as with his other book de lint throws you into his magical world and makes you want to stay forever. The only downpoint of this book is that it has an end.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Shows us the world is a magical place 1 Oct. 2001
By wysewomon - Published on
Format: Paperback
After I read _Memory and Dream_, I stumbled around for about a week just thinking, "Wow..." De Lint's work often affects me that way, but this book did it to me even more than usual. I think it's because the characters who populate De Lint's stories are so much like people I know. Most people don't tend to write about people I know, or people who think the way I do.
The story is a deceptively simple one of an artist who is going through a change in her life being forced to own her past and her power. But although the theme is one that is seen often, De Lint makes it real in a way that no one else can. He has a very good heart knowledge of the true pain of life and he presents it in a way that neither minimizes it nor romanticizes it. He does the same with his urban settings; this is not a clean or perfect world, and stories are just as likely to happen in an alley as in a mansion.
Because the settings and the characters are so real, it is easy to believe in the fantasy elements. De Lint's work often deals with the lives and experiences of artists, musicians, and storytellers. Their work is a kind of magic anyway; all De Lint does is make the magic more vivid. He really shows us how the world is a magical place, and when everyone else is saying real magic is dead that's a message I want to hear over and over again.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
For all who search for magic and recreate enchanted reality. 31 Oct. 1996
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a book is read and moved from shelf to bedside and back
again, it always gathers signs of how much it is loved. My
own copy of Memory and Dream, a creamy hardcover, has now
obtained a large watermark, countless bent and rippled pages,
and worn edges that speak ofhow much love it. Memory and
Dream is a book for anyone who wishes for a little magic in a
world which can be such a cruel and bitter place. The story
follows an artist, Isabelle Copley, who is brought back
suddenly into her own past, jolted by a letter from a long-
dead friend. As Isabelle went through her life, she
unconciously developed the self-protective habit of rewriting
her memory, creating a story of her past that is what she
wants it to be rather than what it was. As she is slowly
forced to confront the truths of the past and her own part in
the events which drove her to her solitude, her past comes
back to haunt her in many ways. The tale is also told by a
variety of characters, from Isabelle to her friends and
loves both past and present. The narrative travels back
and forth between present and past, each timeline following
its own progression until they collide in a revealing and
extraordinary finish. The book is full of the excitement and
danger of magic, the joy of creating, and characters who
become people you know and care about. The emotional trip
through the story is not a kind one, the desriptions of the
beginning slowly building into a spiral of emotion and action
that is haunting by the end. As with all of Charles de
Lint1s novels, it ends as so often stories end in real life,
bitter-sweet, something to be remembered and pondered over.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing 31 July 2000
By HH - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book starts out with a chance meeting between Isabelle, an aspiring artist, and Rushkin, a famous painter. Rushkin offers to take Isabelle on as a student and begins teaching her the finer points of his art. As Isabelle begins to discover, one of the finer points of Rushkin's art is the ability to bring faerie creatures to life through the paintings. These creatures would "cross over" from "the before" to take up real lives in Isabelle's world. But soon after Isabelle discovers the pleasure of bringing these creatures to life, she has to deal with the grief of losing them because somebody is preying upon these faerie creatures. Isabelle must fight to save them from destruction.
This was the first novel I've read by Charles de Lint and it certainly won't be the last. My favorite part of the book was the way everything was tied together and chance encounters brought quick results. It seemed like every action of every character was somehow part of the big picture, and it tied things up into a very neat little package. I loved the interactions of the characters, especially the faerie characters. Every person seemed vibrant and alive, like I could meet them outside of the book.
Although I don't see this book as being one that epic fantasy readers would get excited about (it was a relatively short book and not very deep) it might be good for a break between epic novels. I would definitely recommend it to people who like light fantasy or people who enjoy books where our world collides with a more mysterious one.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
How real is art? 8 April 2004
By Lleu Christopher - Published on
Format: Paperback
Charles de Lint is a popular writer in the genre known as urban fantasy -stories that place traditional magical elements into a contemporary setting. In Memory & Dream, de Lint takes a fascinating look at the creative process and explores the possibility of artists who can literally create reality. The novel jumps between the present (the early 90s) and the past twenty years leading up to it. Isabelle is an artist who falls under the spell of an enigmatic mentor named Rushkin, a famous reclusive artist. Rushkin teaches Isabelle about painting, and she learns far more from him than from the art classes she takes at college. Yet Rushkin has a very dark side as well, which turns out to be much deeper than she realizes.
Through Rushkin, Isabelle learns that she has the ability to "bring across" creatures that she paints. These entities become actual flesh and blood beings with lives of their own. She falls in love with one of her own creations, an American Indian named John. This ability poses many complications for Isabelle and the people around her. She cannot quite believe that these creatures are real in the human sense. Rushkin, meanwhile, reveals ulterior motives for teaching Isabelle and is soon creating "numena" (the name given these creatures) of his own, which turn out to be evil counterparts to the ones Isabelle creates.
I think the real theme of Memory & Dream is the relationship between art and reality. Isabelle's best friend Katherine is a troubled writer, and she plays an important role in inspiring some of Isabelle's painting. So, the question arises, if a writer puts a character in a story, and an artists paints it, who is the creator? Or, is the answer, "neither," because these creations actually have an existence of their own in a kind of Platonic universe, waiting to be brought into our world by artists?
While these are fascinating questions, I don't want to give the impression that Memory & Dream is a purely intellectual or philosophical novel. It is primarily a very suspenseful story with engaging characters who live in a magical universe. I have read several of de Lint's books (this one twice), and he is one of my favorite contemporary fantasy authors.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful book 3 Sept. 1999
By Stephanie Zuercher - Published on
Format: Paperback
This rates on my all-time favorites list, near the top. The book basically explains the past and present of a painter, Isabelle (Izzy) Copley, and how it is affecting her now. The basic idea of the book is the relationship between the artist and their creation: does the artist have to protect their creation, or should they bless it, release it, let it go? And on the side, it explores the ability we all have to rewrite reality -- when has it gone too far, and are we living in a world of our own creation instead of facing life? The book is very symbolic, can be read on many levels, and is a must-have for anyone who likes literary urban fantasy.
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