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Greatest Book? - Dream On!!
on 4 January 2015
I guess you have to make allowances for the fact that LINCOLN'S DREAMS was one of the
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!!