on 1 January 2010
i liked this graphic novel. i like Gaiman at his prime with character that he manages so well and that he had let us know so deeply that are almost classic. here the focus is on a sort of japanese fable and Dream is only lateral to it but the final result of the experiment is a great one. gaiman manage to keep a distinct oriental atmosphere and feeling as in a traditional fable or moral play and intertwine it with his distinct sensibility and most famous character (Dream) which I recongize in all its usual attributes but that also may have been a generic "god of dream" for what the story concerns. the pace of the narration is right and the world it evokes make us feel like in a forgotten age of wonder and in a folk-tale environment of symbols and emotion. gaiman plays savvy with the traditions and myths of a distant culture and is successful in imprinting a specific and peculiar mood to its narration. another praise is due to the wonderful graphics (often a disappointment in other work written by gaiman) and to the good integration of text and images (another often forgotten aspect). i wish to make it clear, this is not an absolute masterpiece or a must-have like "the kindly ones" or "the wake" but it's a consistent story, narrated in a smooth style, a good graphical and narrative experience with some insightful elements. i recommend it also for those who have not read the sandman saga. it can be read as a standalone episode and it doesn't lose much.